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ZeniMax has released a new trailer called "Gathering and Exploration" for Elder Scrolls Online. The video shows what players can find when they wander off the beaten path.
The single-player Elder Scrolls games like Skyrim are a kleptomaniac's paradise, with countless items for you to snatch up regardless of whether you need them. ESO's game world is the same way, with numerous boxes and bookshelves and sacks for players to rifle through. Some of the boxes will be locked, forcing you to open them with a familiar lock-picking mini-game.
The wilderness is full of plants and other resources for players to gather as well. These ingredients can be used in crafting professions such as smithing and alchemy. Aspiring cooks can fish in Tamriel's various waterways to get some fresh meat for their meals.
The trailer really does make the game seem like an MMO version of one of its single-player extensions. The optional first-person camera helps in that regard. ZeniMax seems intent on wooing fans of Skyrim and Morrowind. It's not a bad idea, considering how many of them are out there.
ESO is currently in closed beta and slated for a 2013 release. You can sign up at the game's website for a chance to test-drive it. The game will be playable at Gamescom this summer as well.