If you checked out last week’s TwitchTV live stream featuring The Elder Scrolls Online gameplay footage during QuakeCon, you probably had a few questions. Let’s face it– we all did. Bethesda was smart and took the time this week to answer a few of the questions the development team received from the community regarding what we saw during the stream. Some great questions were asked and answered this time around, and information about everything from the dungeon finder tool to the user interface shown was revealed. Here’s an example question:
“I noticed the compass in the stream. Does it replace the mini-map or is it another option? If it does replace it, will it show more than points of interest, like guild and group members or enemies?” – By Karen Tengart
“The compass will replace the mini-map. Actually, this is a good example of how we use information from our beta tests. When we had a mini-map, we noticed many testers felt like they should just follow quest markers, and they were less inclined to explore. This ran counter to our intent of being a game that emphasizes exploration. When we introduced the compass, players became much more likely to explore and less likely to just “follow the quests.”
As for putting group members on the compass, we’re trying to avoid having too much clutter on the compass. We do have in-world indicators for group members, though, which are proving to be very effective.”
Head on over to the full Ask Us Anything developer blog for more info.