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‘The Elder Scrolls Online’ controls will be different, yet familiar, to ‘Skyrim'

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Introducing one of gaming's most beloved role-playing franchises to multiplayer gaming for the first time, The Elder Scrolls Online will be launching on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One this June. Game Director Matt Firor took time to answer several questions about the upcoming PS4 version of the game from the official Playstation Blog on Tuesday. After revealing several new details regarding the console versions, Firror discussed the how the MMO title will control using the DualShock 4 controller.

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ZeniMax Online Studios strives to transfer the PC action bar gameplay that found in most MMO games and seamlessly map the games entire functionality for us on console controllers. However, Firror admitted that the exact setup for exactly how they will accomplish this isn’t yet finalized. Additionally, the game will utilize the DualShock 4 touchpad on the PS4 and the developer is currently testing different ways to incorporate the function.

We’re still testing and tweaking different DualShock 4 button mapping configurations, but we’re very happy with the gameplay experience on PS4. Abilities are conveniently accessible for fun “on the couch” gameplay, and the team is really happy with how it’s coming along. We’ll have more specifics to share about this topic later this year.

Some may think it that, as an Elder Scrolls title, that the upcoming MMO would naturally simply mirror the control scheme found in Skyrim. While the game will definitely have elements that feel familiar to Skyrim fans, Firror reminded gamers that The Elder Scrolls Online is actually a completely different genre that features an all-new engine so there will be fundamental differences.

Throughout ESO’s development, our goal has been to create an MMO that is fun to play and is familiar to Skyrim fans. Gameplay in ESO isn’t identical to Skyrim, so naturally we’ve made some button configuration changes to reflect the differences, such as the use of abilities. At the same time, there are a lot of controller configuration similarities between Skyrim and ESO.

The Elder Scrolls Online launches first on PC this April, followed by a console release on both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One in June. That game is being developed by ZeniMax Online Studios.

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