ZeniMax gives sneak peek into The Elder Scrolls Online character building

New video gives brief lowdown of what to expect in this hotly anticipated MMO
The Elder Scrolls Online

Whether you like the idea of it being subscription-based or not, The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) is bound to get a lot of attention anyway.

ZeniMax Online Studios just released a video that shows how your character will progress through what's looking to become 2014's hottest new MMO.

Wizard, warrior or thief

Besides the usual 'kill a monster, gain XP' route, ESO adds what it calls Skyshards — interactive objects found scattered in the ESO world that'll give you a skill point whenever you collect three — and special quests for you to raise your character's MMO badassery.

Other than that, you do get the usual trappings of MMOs where you're able to assign attribute points to one of three main pools: health, magicka, and stamina as you level up. Subsequently, you then amass skill points that allow you to master specific talents.

The graphics in the video are pretty enough to compete with the best MMOs already out there, but the question is ESO be sustainable in a world full of free-to-play MMOs? Still, seeing what a massive hit Skyrim was, we're betting there'll be plenty of initial signups for the game once it goes live in Q1 2014.