The Elder Scrolls Online video is all about crafting

I admit this screenshot has nothing to do with crafting, but it is more exciting than looking at some wood.

I admit this screenshot has nothing to do with crafting, but it is more exciting than looking at some wood.

I've never met a crafting system that I liked, even in MMOs that I otherwise love. As such, I'm not the best person to judge The Elder Scrolls Online's variant of the system - it being an MMO that I didn't particularly care for. You collect resources, you make some things, you pretend like there is meaning in a cold and indifferent universe of uncaring mathematical variables. All pretty much the norm, so far as I can tell.

While my own stubbornness comes from a distinct disinterest in collecting iron, I will admit that the game is doing some clever things with the crafting model. Tying specific set bonuses to special buildings should help place the crafting in-world more than most MMOs, rather than it being an extraneous layer completely removed from everything but the gathering of resources.

I do wonder about how well these so-called social features will work for content hungry MMO players. If there's one thing that wikis can ensure, it's that you'll never need to talk to another player if you're just looking for information. And the idea of specialisation depends largely on how the trading system will work. In the right circumstances, tailoring your crafting style in a particular direction could be a boon for guilds and other small groups.

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.