Elder Scrolls Online Will Have Invisible 1st Person Protagonist

Elder Scrolls Online

If you were hoping to play the upcoming MMO Elder Scrolls Online in first person mode, you may be a little dissapointed to learn that your character will be completely invisible, including all weaponry.

This was announced in a chat between DigitalSpy and game director Matt Firor who said: "We are still working on this system, but as it stands right now, we have first and third-person support, just like in any other Elder Scrolls game. The only difference is that you don't see your hands and weapons in first-person mode."

This may have been because ultimately the developer ZeniMax wants to encourage third person play, since apparently it will offer quite a big tactical advantage: "The main difference here is that in an online RPG, enemies can spawn in a 360 degree radius around you, especially in PvP,” he continued. “So third-person view mode, if you use it, will give you a far greater ability to see enemies behind you."

"In many situations, this will be the difference between living and not surviving a combat sequence," he said.

Of course this announcement has led to many crying out "dealbreaker," and saying that not having this feature will completely ruin immersion. Others have suggested the way Skyrim has the player's hands in front of their face most of the time was ridiculous, so it's impossible to please everyone.

I was pleased though, as a few people have cited Mount and Blade's first person as pretty immersive. Mount and Blade rules, full stop.

NB. The header pic is Jesus in 1st person.

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Skyrim online

Yes they have made Skyrim online but what about the gamers that still play Fallout? and Oblivion? I still play Fallout:New Vegas, because it is a fantastic game and I would love to play it wil my friends. It would be so much fun. I do hope that Bethesda release online mode for the future Fallout games.


'scuse me but have these ******* actually ever played a game in first person mode? Simply turning 360 degrees takes about 1/10th of a second as most experienced PC gamers will have sensitivity settings set much higher. Don't be a ***** and figure an excuse for not adding the common sense items will make up for anything. Don't **** it up.

Don't agree

It doesn't matter how quick you can turn around you still have to scan the area for enemies and you won't know if a ranged or melee enemy hit you! That person can run around you making it almost impossible for you to hit or see them. Not to mention the fact that a squishy class is often dead once a melee has closed in on them.


Yey for first person view not being cluttered by weapons, hands, or paws. Clean screen in Elder Scrolls is all I ever wanted :D Though I like using bows at long range; so I'll have to rely on sounds in situations such as a full bow draw, but I'm completely fine with that if I have a nice open view to enjoy scenery and such, and my combat not being obscured. But that's if they don't want you really surviving alot of encounters in a first person view... which would suck, not so sure I would want to play most of my time in an Elder Scrolls game in third person, it wouldn't feel right.

Why not giving the option to

Why not giving the option to activate hands in 1st person mode at the very least? And I perfectly agree; Mount & Blade rocks. You can buy Warband for 5-6$ if you know where to search online and it'll give you weeks if not months of pleasure.

Why not both?

If they want to encourage 3rd person I'm ok with it. However 1st person camera mode is a staple in the ES series since day 1, changing this would ruin that. Personally I was interested in this game due to the 1st person camera.

I do

I write it. Hey. I took it to mean that the inclusion of a first person mode was up in the air. "...as it stands right now, we have first and third-person support." It may be dropped altogether if it gives too much of a tactical liability to a player.

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