Angry Nerds: Elder Scrolls Online Director Welcomes Fan Criticism
A video on Game Informer from late last week offers some insights from Matt Firor, the director of the highly anticipated Elder Scrolls Online. Firor says he’s taking the fan furor about every little detail about the ZeniMax Online-developed game in stride—in fact, he says he welcomes it.
“Having been in MMOs for a very long time, I know and understand that community very well. And that is a very vocal community–a lot of the time vocal critics of what you’re doing. But those people who take the time to pick your game apart, and sometimes they tell you things that you didn’t know was wrong with the game – those are the people you want playing your game, because they’re the people most invested in your community, because they care enough about it to complain.
The worst situation for a game community to be in is where no one posts on the boards because they don’t care. And If they’re posting on the boards, they care. Even if they’re not being so polite about it. But that’s a fact of life: you’re an internet game, you’re on the Internet, you have an Internet community. And the Internet community is always very vocal. So what you do is learn from it. You make sure you do the best job to deliver the best game that you can and then you go from there.”
The rest of the interview’s pretty good too, as Firor goes into detail about some of the ideas they’re looking to emphasize with the new game—primarily, concepts like players who team up to kill monsters each getting fully rewarded, and ways to minimize feeling like you’re “waiting in line” to beat the bosses. It sounds like they’ve got some interesting ideas with this thing…but then again, you Internet people are always skeptical. What do you think?
Via Game Informer