‘The Elder Scrolls Online’ Runs on Five-Year Old PCs and Macs

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 10:13 am,

The Elder Scrolls Online PC Specs E3

During ZeniMax Online Studios‘ demo of The Elder Scrolls Online, which featured an in-depth look at the combat, world, and lore of the long anticipated MMO, they also announced something pretty unique for a PC-focused online experience that hopes to make a huge splash in an oversaturated market. ZeniMax has already explained how they plan to give MMO fans an experience that reminds them of the role-playing games of old, highlighted specifically by the inclusion of public dungeons, but this reveal was geared more towards the hardware side.

Without further ado: ZeniMax announced that The Elder Scrolls Online will be playable on PCs and Macs that are up to five years old. They wouldn’t give specifics regarding system specs, but that claim alone should get fans of the franchise interested in this game.

There is definitely the possibility of The Elder Scrolls Online being a high end MMO that taxes even the most powerful of PCs, but the developers making such a claim during their gameplay preview is something to take note of.

Unfortunately, coupled with information that this game has been in development for about five years now this has the potential of dashing fans’ expectations. The instant response to the reveal was that ZeniMax is going for the largest gaming population possible. However, when gamers think about it a bit longer they could extrapolate that the game is extremely dated, and that’s why it would be capable of running on an old PC or Mac.

Regardless of how the game might look in action — more on that in a longer preview piece —it’s hard to argue that ZeniMax isn’t trying to entice as many MMO fans as they possibly can. Maybe that goal will result in the game looking dated and featuring a few dated features, but if it gets the fans going then good for them.

Make sure to follow of our E3 2012 coverage, including closer looks at Bethesda’s other main showpiece Dishonored.

How do you feel about The Elder Scrolls Online being able to run on five-year old PCs and Macs? Does this spell bad news for the quality of the game, or is it a better way to entice old school MMO fans?

The Elder Scrolls Online will be available some time in 2013 for the PC and the Mac.



TAGS: Bethesda, Mac, PC, The Elder Scrolls, The Elder Scrolls Online, ZeniMax Online Studios

  • Matt

    Man, this game looks way more like a Kingoms of Amalur MMO than an Elder Scrolls MMO. The art style, the monsters… it looks completely different (in a bad way) than the Elder Scrolls games.

    • Brandon

      I’d have to agree with you. The color palates are a lot brighter than Elder Scrolls games I’ve played, and the art styles are leaning more into the fantastical rather than the grounded realism that the other games tried for.

      • Matt

        My thoughts exactly.

      • Addictedonce

        In short, more cartoonish.

      • Fang

        Have you played Oblivion? It’s like Halo 3.

  • bearfighter

    This completely defeats the purpose of the Elder Scrolls series in my opinion, because MMO’s can’t really end since they will constantly add, and pardon my french, absolute crap to keep getting money

  • Addictedonce

    MMO = Money making operation. Don’t play this game. Don’t play any mmo at all. All these MMO developers ever do is to try to earn your money endlessly with endless promises and endless fancy online winnable rewards to keep you playing non-stop. They want you to get addicted to keep playing as painlessly as possible, so that they keep getting your money. These guys just borrow the “good name” of Elder Scrolls. Gosh they are not even the same team that made the single player franchise. Everyone becomes “skinner box rat” playing MMO.

  • G

    Its sad that these MMOs and F2P (with micro-transactions) are becoming so popular.

  • Cody H.

    People seem to hold some serious bias towards MMOs. I’m not saying I think this is the right way to take the franchise, In my personal opinion this isn’t a very good move. I’m just saying that there are MMOs out there that are good in their own ways. Also, considering this is a different team entirely, I doubt this will stop them from making another single-player one in the future, if they decide to do so. I like to think of this one as a spin-off and as such nobody should get worked up over it.

    • Falcon D. Stormvoice

      I still view it as a threat. The Elder Scrolls series is high profile now, if there’s a crappy product under the Elder Scrolls name, it will have a bad effect on the franchise writ large.

      On the other hand, I am relieved that they didn’t try to cram this into a main series release.