MMOs are seriously difficult to create. We've seen so many companies over the years attempt to eclipse the success of Blizzard's World of Warcraft, to no avail. There are certainly some greats out there, but on the whole we've seen a lot of developers fall into the regular MMO traps.
Elder Scrolls Online was one of them, and we seriously hope that Ubisoft's [Tom Clancy's The Divison](tag:2684169), won't suffer the same fate on its release date for the XBOX One , PS4 and PC. The Division claims to be a true RPG down to its core. But will it make the same mistakes that we've seen ZeniMax Online Studios make with Elder Scrolls Online?
The Failings of Elder Scrolls Online
Elder Scrolls Online had great potential, ZeniMax were gifted the greatest RPG landscape of modern Gaming , and filled it with the tropes of poor MMOs. Scrolling through forums for the title, one can see how deep the grievances go for players in this online universe.
Not being able to talk to NPCs while on a horse, while your horse gets stuck in environments or doesn't walk over rocks. Purchasing items from the Guild Store requires you to log out then back in to receive the mails. Severe LAG and server issues, with the game world freezing on occasion. Poor reward systems for PvP battles. No in game costume shop. Poor grouping systems. Inventory management issues, boring and repetitive quests, hearing the same voice actor everywhere you go, Magicka is OP. The list really goes on and on.
Could We See These Problems in Tom Clancy's The Division?
The reason I'm comparing these two worlds is simple: they both had (have) such potential. Being granted the opportunity to create an online world for the Elder Scrolls could have been incredible. Sadly, it left a great deal to be desired. Though perhaps we'll see a few of its grievances ironed out for the release date of Elder Scrolls Online on the Xbox One and PS4. The Division has similar potential for a successful MMO.
But the fact remains, that Ubisoft doesn't exactly have the best track record with games at the moment. Assassin's Creed Unity was a disaster and The Crew was an awfully boring game that was filled with a fair few server issues. Tom Clancy's The Division has great potential. The world sounds fascinating and the situation that we're thrown in could make for some amazing PvP & PvE battles.
Are You Excited for Tom Clancy's The Division?
It seems to be all too easy for an MMO to fall into the traps of being boring and filled with technical issues. As long as Ubisoft can create a vast and interesting world that works well, we'll have the first step down. But if all of MMO's worst missions are somehow transferred to this interesting world, we'll be wandering around a beautiful environment with the same boring things to be done.
Let's not have another Destiny, Ubisoft. So what do you think gamers? Were you in fact pleased with Elder Scrolls Online and looking forward to its release date on the Xbox One and PS4? Do you think that Tom Clancy's The Division can succeed on its release date? Let us know in the comments!