I simply do not understand why Skyrim is getting all this recognition. Skyrim is obviously a pretty game, which never translates well into an mmo due to the average user not being able to play it at max settings and due to obvious performance issues with 20 people on the screen let alone 100. in my opinion, Skyrim wouldnt make a viable mmo and here is why I believe this...
I would say that the biggest bane of the elder scrolls games has been its combat. I simply do not see how people enjoy the combat in this game. Swing, Block, Swing, Swing, block, does combat ever get any more complicated than this, no. Simplistic combat seems to be the common denominator of skill based roleplaying games. This type of combat brings to mind Darkfall and do we need another Darkfall?
Can you imagine 9000 dragonborn running around. This being an mmo pretty much destroys the theme of Sklyrim, that being dragonborn are rare. The same problems occured in SW Galaxies with Jedi. For me atleast, it destroyed the theme of galaxies when I first noticed a screen full of lightsabers. Skyrim is a world built for one and it should stay that way.
When you play an mmo like WoW, its obvious that it is crafted in such a way as to do what it does and do it well. A game like Skyrim is crafted in such a way that there are a myriad of frustrating glitches. Physics glitches alone are numerous. I have a friend with a pretty much identical system and like clockwork, every hour upon the hour his game crashes. I simply can not see Bethesda creating a stable enough engine that would support an mmo.
I find it odd that people even compare single playing rpg's and mmo's. People like to go on and on about story and cut scenes but they simply do not realize how a single player game vs a massive multiplayer game do not compare even in the slightest. What is beloved in a single player game can be disruptive and unfun on a massive scale. When crafting a single player experience, balance isnt much of a thought and story becomes the prime focus. When you are in your own univierse you care not what levels the fastest, what the best gear is, or if you get to endgame content in a reasonable time. Its your world and thats entertaining all on its own. The moment you throw others players into the world is the moment all the tiny holes that you noticed playing solo become massive chasms that ruin your enjoyment of the game.