We’re all still waiting to see what’s going to come out of PAX Prime. I’m hearing rumors that the info out of Gamescom regarding a cash shop on top of the subscription fee was all a misunderstanding. For now, we’ll call it a rumor, because I’m not seeing official word on that. In the meantime, here’s a juicy interview that the folks over at Tesolife conducted with Zenimax’s own Maria Aliprando at Gamescom. They garnered a lot of interesting info that hasn’t been widely known until now. She elaborates on a lot of game mechanics and details ranging from how you nurture your horses to crafting to PVP stats (or lack thereof.) Maria openly states that 24 man content is in the works for end game. She even talks about how the targeting system for bows is currently “bugged” and that, upon release, you will definitely have to have your target in your sights for your arrows to travel toward that target (unlike in the Quakecon vid.)
Q: How do books in Elder Scrolls Online work? In other Elder Scroll games some books would yield skill points. This is obviously not something we’ll see in ESO.
A: Books in Elder Scrolls Online come in various ways. There is a number of books you can collect that will randomly “drop” from bookcases you come across in the world. There are some books that are scattered around the world that stand by themselves and they obviously yield greater rewards. All the collected books will not go into your inventory as before, but there is an interface where you can browse all the books that you collected. What is special about books in Elder Scrolls Online is that if you join the Mages Guild you will advance some of your Mage Skills by collecting these “Mage Guild Books”. Mage skills can not be advanced like some other skills through usage, but instead you have to explore the world and find these books to upgrade your skills. There are also books not related to the Mages guild that you can collect for lore’s sake.
You’ll have to find and study books to advance the Mage Guild skill lines? If you read MMO forums, and I’m sure you do, this is a feature that a lot of RPG gamers have been suggesting for a long time. It sounds like there will be many ways to increase skills in this game – from PVP, to studying books, to finding soul shards.