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Elder Scrolls Online Now Open for Beta Sign-Ups & Promises a Single-Server, Socially Networked World

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Click here to register for the upcoming Elder Scrolls Online as a beta tester, which is an MMO to the groundbreaking franchise that we sure love here at New World Notes. (See below.) I was a touch skeptical when the world was first announced last May, but Gamasutra offers some niblets of new info that suggest some interesting innovations:

Bethesda says that its Megaserver technology will allow players to join a single connected world with a built-in social network, meaning that you can keep up to date with everything that your friends are doing in-game.

I love the idea of an in-world social network and a single-sharded, unified world, both of which exist now in Second Life (and no other MMO, unless I miss my guess), but in SL's case, built on old architecture that's been difficult to scale. It'll be interesting to see if Bethesda can deliver on this "Megaserver" technology.

Anyway, read more NWN coverage of Elder Scrolls below:

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Arcadia Codesmith

It looks like "Megaserver" is just another name for dynamic sharding. There are quite a few MMOs that already do this. It has its plusses and minuses. It handles highly variable populations well, but it detracts from the feeling of a persistant world -- there are no permanent servers to personalize with player structures or other additions.

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