Elder Scrolls Online Details Character Creator in New Video

Elder Scrolls Online Details Character Creator in New Video

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Lets face it: character creation is key to an MMO. An MMO without a good character creator would be like a shooter without multiple weapons, or an RPG without an inventory. When stepping into a virtual world, it's important to have an avatar that fits. To that end, ZeniMax is showing off the character creator for the upcoming Elder Scrolls Online, showcasing the many ways you can play god with its various fictional races.

In a new video ZeniMax Online's art director Jared Carr offers a walkthrough of the tools players will have to craft their avatars. The Elder Scrolls games are known for their customization, so to make an online version, ZeniMax knew that "it had to be a thorough system with lots of customization options."

Like most games, it will feature a host of sliders that you can fiddle with until you get things just right. There's the height and weight sliders, but also ones for shoulder width and hand size. TESO also seems to lack the typical "boob slider", which is promising. There's also a huge range of tattoos to choose from, which can cover either just the face or the entire body. More importantly, the sliders actually seem to have noticeable effect, so your dreams of role-playing an overweight Argonian master assassin are within reach.

Even if you like what you see, you'll still have to wait until 2014 to play with it. When it does launch, The Elder Scrolls Online will be available on PC, Mac, Xbox One and Playstation 4.

Source: Zenimax Online

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Oh, why did I watch this? It only reminded me of how I can't play it because of those subscription fees and how much I'll be missing out on.

IanDavis:
...so your dreams of role-playing an overweight Argonian master assassin are within reach.

Finally, Lives-In-Trailer-Park will stalk the shadows as he was always meant to do!

Seriously, though... this character generator looks even more robust than Skyrim's was. I think I'd love it if they went ahead and backported that. They won't, of course... sigh.

While it's a decent character generator, it's nothing compared to what you could do in Champions Online. Granted, there's a difference in quality and obviously the setting limits the options, but it doesn't seem that strong or impressive to me.

The lack of a boob slider is dissapointing. Want to discourage people running around with beachballs? That's fine, just limit the maximum size, but being able to adjust that, even *gasp* downwards, is an important factor to the overall look of a female character.
They're still going for plate bikinis, so it's not like it's a consistent moral choice.

I'd much rather have a moddable sequal than an MMO that I'm not willing to subscribe to. My guess is that there's no end content, that the freedom you previously have will be severely limited and the story likewise.
Make a proper co-op sequal and you'll have every TES fan wet their pants and hand over their cash as soon as they hear about it.

It's not like I'll be playing another subscription-based MMO, but I do have to say: I loooove the overweight option. So many games only let you pick a flavour between "ripped", and "ahnold" - not to mention anything about trying to find body type mods for skyrim females that aren't best described as "two melons on a stick".

I actually went the other way: I had the smallest, scrawniest argonian I could make, and then made him a hammer-wielding dragon knight.

I want to play as a Khajiit with the legs of a cat. Seems to be no option for that here, so I'm going to pass.

I know that's a shallow reason, but that's my reason.

Voulan:
Oh, why did I watch this? It only reminded me of how I can't play it because of those subscription fees and how much I'll be missing out on.

I'm still kinda hyped for a decent MMO to be on consoles, should be a game changer.

But I don't think subscription MMOs can come back, or this game isn't the one to make it happen anyway. So I expect they would repeal that soon enough, I'm not in a rush to do next-gen consoles anyway.

Smilomaniac:
While it's a decent character generator, it's nothing compared to what you could do in Champions Online. Granted, there's a difference in quality and obviously the setting limits the options, but it doesn't seem that strong or impressive to me.

The lack of a boob slider is dissapointing. Want to discourage people running around with beachballs? That's fine, just limit the maximum size, but being able to adjust that, even *gasp* downwards, is an important factor to the overall look of a female character.
They're still going for plate bikinis, so it's not like it's a consistent moral choice.

I'd much rather have a moddable sequal than an MMO that I'm not willing to subscribe to. My guess is that there's no end content, that the freedom you previously have will be severely limited and the story likewise.
Make a proper co-op sequal and you'll have every TES fan wet their pants and hand over their cash as soon as they hear about it.

make a true Co-Op Elder Scrolls game for up to eight people [ala D&D adventuring parties] and I will sell all of my games, computers, and consoles to buy as many copies as I can.

but still, I'm going to have to put this off until there is a trial or a demo, MMO's are great at times but then there are so many that just end up being shit.

I dont think I could handle another SWTOR.

IanDavis:
TESO also seems to lack the typical "boob slider", which is promising.

I fucking LOVE the irony of this statement. That TESO offers a super robust character creation system yet leaves out certain aspects that can actually be a big part of what makes a character and this is a "promising" aspect of the game? Does this mean that every female character in the game will have the exact same sized boobs? Because that's a terrible idea if you ask me. Or did they just replace the word "Bust" with some word less likely to offend your sensitivities?

TESO also seems to lack the typical "boob slider"

Cue countless people begging ZeniMax to put in a boob slider after release.

Kalezian:

I dont think I could handle another SWTOR.

I thought SWTOR was a great game, or would have been if it had been a single player game and built around being such. The story is brilliant, but marred by throwing the usual MMO trappings into it. same for the gameplay mechanics.

Capthca: play a game

Yeah, which one Capthca?

Shame I won't ever play this. Hopefully Bethesda steps up their character creation to this level with their next game.

Guys. Guys! Don't Panic!

We all know what the "chest" slider they demonstrated on a male will do for females. Relax.

IanDavis:
TESO also seems to lack the typical "boob slider", which is promising.

Yes! Finally, a game that does away with the ridiculous and sexist idea that people have different-sized breasts. Wait...

One thing I will point out and just to be clear I have not actually played the game/beta yet but over the internet I have read that you cannot actually make an overweight female. I hope this is not true but from youtube comments to a few obscure journals on various other sites collaborate this statement. While none of this can remotely be substantiated I honestly hope none of this is true as it feels like a major cop-out. On the other hand, maybe it is true but just for the beta as it has not been properly implemented yet.

I dunno. Can any Escapists clarify?

I'm really happy that they're going in this direction with the character creator- but...
Subscription fees such as $15 a month or around it isn't my type of thing. I'm the guy who likes buying a game and if I want any add ons or choices of expanding my game, i'll go right ahead and buy DLC for it.

$15 a month is like buying the Dragonborn DLC for Skyrim except you're getting a lot more expansions then you'll probably get around to exploring unless you're that much into the game to spend all that time actually exploring it.
Also I know the DLC for Dragonborn is $20, but it's still worthwhile and I bought it for keeps... I don't have to keep paying to play it.

Maybe it'll be different for consoles. If it's for the 360 and there's no subscription fees then I may just end up getting this.

Caramel Frappe:
SNIPP

DUDE, spoilers in your avatar or WHAT?!

OT: Like Naqel said, the chest slider shown for men is probably the same for women only for boobs not muscles. No need to get into a tizzy. Although if it does turn out you can't make women fat like you can the men I'll be seriously annoyed.

Saulkar:
One thing I will point out and just to be clear I have not actually played the game/beta yet but over the internet I have read that you cannot actually make an overweight female. I hope this is not true but from youtube comments to a few obscure journals on various other sites collaborate this statement. While none of this can remotely be substantiated I honestly hope none of this is true as it feels like a major cop-out. On the other hand, maybe it is true but just for the beta as it has not been properly implemented yet.

I dunno. Can any Escapists clarify?

It's actually in the video, where you have the fat/muscle/skinny triangle. They do it with a woman at one pont and the "fat" type wasn't exactly that fat.
Overweight, but not exactly obese, like the male model.

I guess you can read into it, but basicly it's the lack of the proper option that annoys me.

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IanDavis:
TESO also seems to lack the typical "boob slider", which is promising.

Yes! Finally, a game that does away with the ridiculous and sexist idea that people have different-sized breasts. Wait...

How dare other games portray women with various levels of curved-ness. Fine-tuning every detail from eyebrow to chin shape is totally fine and not creepy or obsessive at all, but as soon as it comes to mammary glands, you better leave that shit alone or you're a women-objectifying sexist.

AuronFtw:

[REDACTED]:

IanDavis:
TESO also seems to lack the typical "boob slider", which is promising.

Yes! Finally, a game that does away with the ridiculous and sexist idea that people have different-sized breasts. Wait...

How dare other games portray women with various levels of curved-ness. Fine-tuning every detail from eyebrow to chin shape is totally fine and not creepy or obsessive at all, but as soon as it comes to mammary glands, you better leave that shit alone or you're a women-objectifying sexist.

In all seriousness: if you think getting offended at the female body is a feminist thing to do, YOU ARE DOING IT VERY WRONG.

Smilomaniac:

Saulkar:
One thing I will point out and just to be clear I have not actually played the game/beta yet but over the internet I have read that you cannot actually make an overweight female. I hope this is not true but from youtube comments to a few obscure journals on various other sites collaborate this statement. While none of this can remotely be substantiated I honestly hope none of this is true as it feels like a major cop-out. On the other hand, maybe it is true but just for the beta as it has not been properly implemented yet.

I dunno. Can any Escapists clarify?

It's actually in the video, where you have the fat/muscle/skinny triangle. They do it with a woman at one pont and the "fat" type wasn't exactly that fat.
Overweight, but not exactly obese, like the male model.

I guess you can read into it, but basically it's the lack of the proper option that annoys me.

Yeah, I noticed that,too. I don't think any of the characters looked obese, but the males did have a belly on them. The females just got thicker, but still kept their model curves which was a bit of a disappointment. I was also disappointed that they animal races still used human feet which I don't care for as a personal preference.

Other than that, I was happy when I saw the sliders for the argonian heads. I was worried all of them would be cartoonish and/or blocky like in the early images of them. The slider offered a lot more variety for it.

 

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