The Elder Scrolls Online Catch-All

That is kind of HUGE news no ? The list of games i (pc exlusive) can play with my ps3 buddy has until now been a grand total of one - Portal 2 can be played co-op between ps3 and pc.

Yeah, definitely feels like pretty big news to me too. There aren't that many big MMOs that I can think of that are cross-platform. Granted, I'm not the most knowledgeable person out there, but the only one I can come up with is Star Trek Online (PC, Xbox 360 and PS3). WoW, GW2, EVE Online, Star Wars: Old Republic... All of those are PC, sometimes Mac.

Just because it's appearing on multiple platforms doesn't mean you can play cross-platform. Take Defiance, for instance, each version of the game is isolated from the others. While cross-platform play is a possibility, they haven't specifically stated that's the case yet and frankly I think it's highly unlikely.

Ah, thanks for the clarification, Ruhk! I have to admit that I know little of such things, being a PC exclusive gamer.
It makes sense though, the logistics behind a cross-platform MMO must be incredibly complex.

Given that the architecture is now very similar between all three platforms, I wouldn't be surprised if we see more cross-platform play this generation.

PaladinTom wrote:
Given that the architecture is now very similar between all three platforms, I wouldn't be surprised if we see more cross-platform play this generation.

I would imagine that platforms aren't the problem (you can solve that problem by tossing more money into the fire). The problem so far has been a control scheme. Considering that a game like WoW has in excess of 40 "actions" you can perform, it's kind of hard to implement it on a console controller.

FFXI was cross-platform play using the PS2

Just saw a translated German TESO facebook post:

The mega-server technology that is used in The Elder Scrolls Online, it is PC (Windows OS) and Mac allowing players to play together. Xbox One player will play on its own mega server and the same goes for the PlayStation 4 players

News of it was slightly lost in the aftermath of yesterday's announcement, but a new round of beta invites went out today! Check your email!

All I got was an e-mail for the gameplay trailer... Now you're just toying with my nerves, ESO!

ruhk wrote:
News of it was slightly lost in the aftermath of yesterday's announcement, but a new round of beta invites went out today! Check your email!

"EU Business Register 2013/2014"

Is that it??!

still nothing. i even checked my junk.
then i checked my junk mail.

Quintin_Stone wrote:
ruhk wrote:
News of it was slightly lost in the aftermath of yesterday's announcement, but a new round of beta invites went out today! Check your email!

"EU Business Register 2013/2014"

Is that it??!

Is it the one about the fast-moving storm, or the one about that half-joking indie Kickstarter I backed?

ranalin wrote:
FFXI was cross-platform play using the PS2

Yep. Let's not forget that EVE and Dust are cross platform and on the same server as well.

I dont know much about MMOs and betas as such but 10 plus months of beta testing until Spring 2014 seems like a lot

Honestly, it doesn't seem like a lot to be. Just look at Guild Wars 2, they had at least 6 months of open beta testing, right? There are a LOT of moving parts, more so when you throw Mac and consoles in the mix. I'm not surprised in the least.

That being said... I can haz beta invite?

Eleima wrote:
Just look at Guild Wars 2, they had at least 6 months of open beta testing, right?

3 beta weekend events though.

Generally though on the point of long betas I agree, I really struggle to get any enthusiasm now for spending my playing time testing something unfinished and probably buggy, and a persistent game where the characters are going to get wiped or they could change a system under you.

Diablo 3 and Elder Scrolls on a console is going to be great.

I wonder if there's been any changes to the certification systems on each console to allow MMO developers to make changes faster.

RE: cross server things.

The issue is licensing. When DCUO was up and coming the plan was for PC, 360 and PS3 clients to all play together. Eventually dealing with Microsoft and Sony became too tiresome and those plans were abandoned. I am under the impression that Microsoft was the worst for this situation.

FFXI is probably the best practical example of this. PC, 360, PS2 all play on the same servers. If you have a backwards compatible PS3 you can use that too. I don't know how they got around Microsoft's limitations. Probably by already enjoying long time success before applying to the platform.

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groan wrote:
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Do TESO invites look like male enhancement drug ads? Because I have a lot of invites to share. Lengths of them.

I got nuthin!

Miashara wrote:
groan wrote:
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Do TESO invites look like male enhancement drug ads? Because I have a lot of invites to share. Lengths of them.

I think you nailed it.
could it be one of these?
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Are they using spoiler tags for the subject and text of their beta invites?

All I see is

[color=floralwhite]There is
nothing
to see
here
move along[/color]

And nothing else =)

fangblackbone wrote:
Are they using spoiler tags for the subject and text of their beta invites?

All I see is

[color=floralwhite]There is
nothing
to see
here
move along[/color]

And nothing else =)

haha, +1!

Didley squat here too... =/

groan wrote:
Miashara wrote:
groan wrote:
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Do TESO invites look like male enhancement drug ads? Because I have a lot of invites to share. Lengths of them.

I think you nailed it.
could it be one of these?
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Yes. It's that shady one. The one with the .exe file attached. Just run it in administrator mode, and you get your invite.

Miashara wrote:
groan wrote:

I think you nailed it.
could it be one of these?

Yes. It's that shady one. The one with the .exe file attached. Just run it in administrator mode, and you get your invite.

It might ask you to enter your credit card info and social security number, but that's perfectly normal. They just need those to stealverify your identity.