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Elder Scrolls Online's Matt Firor Talks Sequel To MMO: 'There's No Reason To Do A Version 2'

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In an interview with IGN's Ryan McCaffrey, Elder Scrolls Online's Matt Firor talked about the MMO itself, as well as the possibility of an ESO sequel.

On the latest episode of IGN's UnfilteredElder Scrolls Online's Matt Firor talked about the state of the sprawling, popular MMORPG from ZeniMax Online Studios. Specifically he was asked about the size of ESO and whether that would present challenges to it one day being unable to be updated.

"We're obviously doing our job righ if you haven't noticed, but we're tearing down the engine, one room at at a time, all the time," Firor told IGN in the interview. He continued: "So the engine right now is much different from when we launched. It could never have scaled to do whjat we do now. so we're constantly, behind the scenes, making it better."

However, McCaffrey leaned into the possibility that at some point ESO might need to be updated with either a new version built "from the ground up" or even through a sequel. Firor, however, shot down the idea, stating that if people keep logging into what currently exists, there really is no reason to do so.

"It's like, when is Netflix 2 going to launch," Firor questioned with a chuckle. "We're a service. We're a service that people log into every day. As long as they're doing that, there's no reason to do a Version 2. In fact, in many ways Orisinium, which is the DLC we did back in 2015, that really was Version 2. And then Morrowind was Version 3. So every year we're just doing a new chapter update. But those chapters aren't just new content. There's also a lot of tech behind the scenes which keeps it running and makes it relevant."

The Elder Scrolls Online is certainly showing no signs of slowing down, either. During the Xbox + Bethesda showcase, Pete Hines from Bethesda stated that the MMO currently has over 18 million registered users, and the recent Blackwood Chapter released on  PC, Mac, Stadia and consoles this month. In fact, the upgraded version of the MMO on console, Elder Scrolls Online Enhanced Edition will release tomorrow.


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore