But I've purchased the game now and have been enjoying myself this week during early access. Of course, I'm still saving the good stuff for this column, and I don't plan to release my impressions until a future article, but I'll reiterate that I'm very excited about this next month.
The Elder Scrolls Online has had a bit of a rough start as the hype train built steam the last year or so, but that's usually the way these things go with news of any major IP going massively multiplayer. A fantasy MMO with a subscription? That's so 2005! But Bethesda stuck by the game's value and resisted the now accepted free-to-play norm.
The relatively smooth early access head start launch has already proven that the ZeniMax team is up to the challenge of not breaking the game in the first five minutes, as often happens with these launches. OK, so a few quests don't exactly work as intended, but at least we can walk around and play with our friends, which is more than we can say for most launches. Have we finally solved that MMO launch day mystery? Will ESO prove the naysayers wrong? Well, we still have actual launch day on Friday, so we'll see.
So this week you will choose my character's gender, race, alliance, and class. I may have polls in future articles where you will pick my tradeskill focus and skill progression, but this will be a good start.
It is important to note, as you get ready to vote, that I pre-ordered the game (allowing me access to all race/alliance combos) but did not dish out for the Imperial Edition. So that explains the absence of the Imperials from the race poll.
Your votes will be compiled until Sunday at 7 p.m. EDT, at which time I'll be livestreaming the creation of the character you chose. So be sure to tune in to our Twitch channel at that time and watch your creation be unveiled!
Shawn Schuster is now permanently at the helm of Massively's Choose My Adventure with you as the co-captain. It's going to be a rough ride, so put on your seat belt! Join him every Wednesday for a reader-guided deep-dive into a new MMO every month. Farcical puns about cars and farming sold separately.