ZeniMax Debunks Elder Scrolls Online 200M Budget Rumor: We Couldn’t Have Wasted That Much Money

In a statement from ZeniMax Online Studios, the developers behind The Elder Scrolls Online, they have denied a claim that the game cost 200 million dollars to make saying that there was no way they could have put that much money into the game.mmorpgswithlargebudgetsneverfailthoughThe claim came from a tweet that was quickly deleted earlier today. Many players have expressed their dissatisfaction with the game and pointed to the rumored excessive budget as proof of the game’s complete mismanagement. Game director Matt Firor explained in an interview today that the game definitely did not cost 200 million dollars to make.

“If we really did waste 200 million dollars to make this game, then we would have been fired already for incompetence,” said Firor, “When you look at The Elder Scrolls Online, you don’t see a 200 million dollar game. In fact, feedback from our beta testers have stated that based on the game’s quality, not a lot of money was put into it. This clearly points to how much effort went into the game. ”

“So let’s pretend that we actually did spend 200 million dollars on the game, people would be banging on our doors to play The Elder Scrolls Online which is not the case,” continued Firor, “So I don’t see how people could even imagine that we would sink 200 million dollars into this game. I’m not entirely sure what people would expect from a 200 million dollar game in the first place, but I can tell you that it’s definitely not The Elder Scrolls Online.”

“Without the nondisclosure agreement, I’m sure hundreds of gamers would be backing me up right now,” remarked Firor, “In fact, everyone breaking the agreement to say that this game is bad is clearly a person you should just ignore.”

We attempted to reach Bethesda, publishers of the The Elder Scrolls series, for a comment regarding this rumor; however, a representative for the company told us that they have never heard of a game called The Elder Scrolls Online.

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31 Responses

  1. Another ultra-hyped game resulting in disappointment. No surprises here.

    • poop says:

      Who the hell hyped this shit? As far as I remember, everyone expected it to be garbage from the very first trailer.

      • Anonymous says:

        You mean you weren’t excited for a brand new MMORPG set in a fantasy setting?

        • Anonymous says:

          I know what you mean, I thought it obviously wouldn’t turn out like the last five “brand new” mmos and it would be a sure WoW killer!

        • Anonymous says:

          No. Hell fucking no. Every goddamn mmo today*almost everyone* is about Fantasy, dragons and faggot pixie dust. There need to be more space related mmos, more survival mmos, We already have 51 flavors of fantasy. Its all the same story with different graphics. Need a Change. And SWTOR, doesnt exactly have much in terms of space*granted they added space combat* 98.9% of it is on a planet. And until recently, there were no survival mmos. Time to start making more non fantasy mmos.

          And I am a HUGE fan of fantasy novels, but Jesus H Christ, when 9 out of every 10 mmo are the exact same thing, just a different title, and slight variations, it is old, stale and boring, We have already played ESO, Tell me what this game offers, that GW2 or LOTR or WOW doesnt, MMO? So are the rest. Pay to play? Wow Covers that. Quests? Been done. Skills? done. WHAT does ESO add that is unique? Hell if I know…..

      • Anthony says:

        You know who hyped this shit. The same people who gets their paychecks by hyping this shit.

    • Anonymous says:

      So by wtaching a trailer you can be sure the actual game will be shit?
      I suggest you wait until it has been released, give it a try and THEN make up your mind about it.

      • Jeremy says:

        Or by having been part of the beta, and seeing that the entire foundation and core of the experience is flawed, and no tweaks to the sub par gameplay and graphics could save it.

      • Anonymous says:

        So you suggest paying $60 for the game and another $15 for a month to give it a try. No thanks.

    • Anonymous says:

      you do know this article is laced with sarcasm right?

    • Anonymous says:

      whaaaat? Hell of a game!

  2. Anthony says:

    I don’t see a problem. Can you think of an MMO that spent that much money and failed?

  3. Feary says:

    ” I’m not entirely sure what people would expect from a 200 million dollar game in the first place…”,three letter answer this: GTA.

  4. Bob says:

    Maybe there was a budget of $20 million, but there was a typo and they added an extra 0 at the end.

  5. The last part of this article says a rep from Bethesda claims they’ve never heard of Elder Scrolls Online. What is this, an Onion article? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjYC2KBilRE

  6. Anonymous says:

    I had to laugh when I read the last line of the article xD

  7. joe says:

    Is the game really THAT bad? I mean, I don’t like the fact that you can’t obtain that classical open world exploration without getting killed instantly and that common enemies have one gold coin and bosses have just two coins. But I still like the other stuff. Like the customizations on your characters appearance! Example; You can make your argonian skinny or fat as hell! Lol.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Firor is a complete and utter idiot, take my advice instead and ignore him, holy shit… Couple of examples –

    “So let’s pretend that we actually did spend 200 million dollars on the game, people would be banging on our doors to play The Elder Scrolls Online which is not the case,”

    Great logic! More money thrown at = more mindless people loving our disaster! Idiot…

    “In fact, everyone breaking the agreement to say that this game is bad is clearly a person you should just ignore.”

    That’s right, ignorance is bliss