Elder Scrolls Online developer lays off staff

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Zenimax Online, the folks behind the Elder Scrolls MMO has unfortunately had to lay off a number of staff. While it would be easy to assume that this as a result of the middling reception the subscription-based, fantasy MMO has received, publisher Bethesda says that’s just not the case.

“As is the norm for games of this type, we had ramped up a large workforce to develop a game of vast scale, and ramped up our customer service to handle the expected questions and community needs of The Elder Scrolls Online at launch,” says the statement.

“Now that we are nearly 6 months post launch, we have a thriving online community in a game that runs smoothly. We have adjusted staffing to meet the ongoing needs of the studio, which continues to operate with a large work force,” the statement continued.

The Elder Scrolls Online, was released on PC and Mac in April this year, to what can only be called mixed reviews. In our own review, we called the game rather buggy, forcing Matthew to restart far too often for it to be fun.

The MMO is still set for release on the new consoles, and is coming in December – hopefully with its bugs well and truly squashed.

“We remain strongly committed to The Elder Scrolls Online, and continue to invest heavily to develop new content for PC and Mac players, prepare the game for its console launch, and handle our planned expansion into important international territories,” the statement adds.

I didn’t give the game much of a chance myself; I played it for about 4 minutes before becoming well and truly bored. Do any of you still play this? Is it any fun?

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Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Travis

    Its really good, The 30 day PVP campaign was recently always full, and they are having to add another campaign now :-). Still havent even finished a third of the PvE content and Ive been playing 5 days a week since launch.

  • Hammersteyn

    Once you get stuck into a online game no one can dissuade you from playing. Not even bugs or bad ping. Especially when you get sorta good at it. So it must have some redeeming value.

    • Travis

      You get addicted for sure, you constantly want better gear, powers etc, especially so you can be better at PVP, and to do so you have to put in a lot of time. PS when I have been online, there are some players that I have NEVER seen not playing, everyone knows them etc, they must only sleep 1 hr a day.

      • Travis

        The problem is its the ONLY game I have played since April, thats how much its sucked me in. That will soon change though as I am looking forward to Shadow of Mordor, Dragon Age.

  • Labey-Kun

    I Only took part in the beta’s but the game was awesome on it’s own,I really enjoyed it and was very addictive, just too bad the subscription every month hit me because I was just not willing to pay every month for a game that cost a lot to buy, I guess the people who got layed off are no longer required because the game has reached its mature state of stability.

  • Sith JJ

    Sure sure. I believe them.
    After playing TESO myself I am convinced it’s because no one wants the game.

  • Sageville

    My copy of ESO sits unused, mocking my purchasing zeal.

    • Travis

      My copies of Watch Dogs and Thief are still in plastic wrap unopened, because I would rather play TESO.

      • Johan du Preez

        All 3 are terrible games but yeh TESO is prob the lesser evil

  • Sith JJ

    I played it for a few days myself over two weekends. Found it incredibly boring and shallow for an Elder Scrolls game, so uninstalled it and that was that. It just lacks that substance of all the other Elder Scrolls games.
    Is it a good MMO? Probably very good, but it’s the worst Elder Scrolls ever made.

    • Travis

      I wonder how long we will have to wait for a new SP Elder Scrolls, probably a very long time ;-( Hopefully Fallout 4 will fill the gap.

      • Sith JJ

        Fallout 4. Mmmm.

  • Clara van Staden

    Nah, bought the Imperial Edition and played about 5 hours. To be fair, I also participated in the beta, and it was gripping at times. Too much level grinding and too much bugs though. I’m sticking with GW2. No subscription FTW.

    • Sith JJ

      I’m assuming you’re talking about Guild Wars? How is it btw? I know nothing about it, but it’s always looked interesting

      • Clara van Staden

        Yes. Its great. I’ve been playing it regularly for about a year and a half now. It’s a strange thing, at first I didn’t like it so much, and stopped playing. And then a few months later I got a craving and loved it ever since. The devs keep adding new stuff and improving things, which is awesome. Also, almost no bugs. It is quite addictive.

        • Sith JJ

          Does it have that nice openness feeling though? I can’t quite figure out from the screenshots and such. I love it when a game just feels like you can go anywhere and do anything.

          • Clara van Staden

            It’s map-based, so its no Skyrim-feeling-world. But the maps are huge, you’ll have enough places to explore. For a MMO, the graphics are pleasing too.

          • Sith JJ

            Ah. Great. Thanks. I’ve been so lus for a nice RPG lately, this could just fill that void.

    • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

      Played the Beta… Should have called it the Meh-ta… Also GW2 just doesn’t do it for me.

      The Secret World and WoW are probably the only two I would go back to. MMOs that is.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    The age of MMO is over!

  • Johan du Preez

    The only MMO thats interesting atm is ArchAge and Shroud of the Avatar

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