What is Battlespire all about anyway?
Battlespire marks the introduction of the 'Legends' series in much the same
way 'Redguard' is with highly anticipated 'Adventures' series. It is not,
however, the sequel to Daggerfall. Morrowind is currently begining production
and will continue the Elder Scrolls series.
Battlespire : The Story
You are sent to the extra-planar pocket of Battlespire to prove yourself
worthy of joining the ranks of the Imperial Guards. The Battlespire is
maintained by a group of very powerful mages from which the Imperial
Battlemage is selected. If you can beat the Battlespire you will join the
ranks of the Tamrilean elite.
While in the Battlespire you will never be fatigued and you will not need
sleep. The Battlespire consists of seven challenges which you will encounter
during your journey to the summit. Since you are not physically there you will
be unable to be slain, you will simply lose the challenge and return to
When you arrive you find the Wizard of the Gate dead. You realize that
something has gone terribly wrong. You also realize that you have no way of
getting back home except to reach the summit and return through the exit
located within Dagon's palace. Seeing the dead wizard it is clear to you that
death is suddenly a very real possibility and a fun challenge has turned into
a matter of survival.
Most of the mages of the Battlespire are still alive but have been possessed
and will fight you every step of the way. As you explore you find that a
Daedra Prince has taken over the Battlespire as his lair and his minions will
add their strength to the opposition.
You will have to fight your way through a nightmare where the rules are
non-existent and all bets are off. Only through dangerous conflicts and
discoveries will you make it to the summit to confront Mehrunes Dagon the
Destructor, the new lord of the Battlespire.
When can I buy Battlespire?
Battlespire is slated for release in the third Quarter of 1997. You can place
orders on-line or via phone in the following ways:
On-line : http://www.bethsoft.com/html/order.html
Telephone : 1-800-677-0700
Check out all the cool screenshots and specs at www.bethsoft.com
Will Battlespire support my 3d accelerator card?
We currently support the following 3dfx chipsets:
* Voodoo Graphics
* Voodoo Rush
The cards that we use and know work:
* Orchid Righteous
* Diamond Monster 3d
* Flash 3d
* Hercules Stingray 128
We will release more information regarding OpenGL, DirectX and other 3d
accelerators if and as we implement support for them.
Is it going to have as many bugs at Daggerfall?
Ha. Not this time. Battlespire is just entering preliminary beta testing and
will not ship until it is bug-free.
Does Battlespire support multiplayer? If so, how many people at one time?
Yes. 8 players maximum at this point. You'll be able to play multiplayer
Battlespire over a LAN, modem or internet connection (using TCP/IP). You can
play multiplayer in the following ways:
Deathmatch : You vs. a friend over a LAN, null modem connection, or via the
internet (using something similar to Kali). The story and single player
elements are removed for this one on one bout.
Teamplay : You can team up and play the single player aspects of the game as a
Team vs. Team : Team up with friends and take on another group.
What about the role playing elements?
It's all there. The character generation is back and better than ever. A lot
of people have expressed concern that Battlespire looks essentially like a
shooter clone. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are mixing some of
the elements that make shooters popular and fun into the recipe but
Battlespire is still an RPG.
Is Battlespire the sequel to Daggerfall or not?
No. Battlespire is a stand-alone product in the Elder Scrolls universe, and
first in the 'Legends' series. Chapter 3 of The Elder Scrolls, Morrowind, is
currently in development.
Why does Battlespire use sprites?
A lot of concern has been expressed over the usage of sprites in Battlespire.
While there are mixed views on doing this, the one advantage we have in doing
so is matching the detail quality of the creatures and NPC's you'll encounter
with their surroundings.
The sheer amount of detail a sprite allows visually is the primary factor in
our decision to use sprites. Sure, they may not move and behave as realisticly
as their polygonal counterparts but it was a decision also made to allow us
more time to devote attention to things such as multiplayer capabilities and
3dfx support. Rest assured that this will be the last title Bethesda produces
to utilize sprites however.
How fast is Battlespire going to run on my machine?
There really is no easy answer for that now considering the array of machines
out there. Also considering that we are currently making a transition from the
old fixed point engine to a faster new and improved floating point engine
makes it hard to guess at an individual's performance. Suffice it to say that
the frame rate is strong.
What about an online gathering place for deathmatching? Will there be one?
There is currently something in the works that we can't discuss just yet.
Will the character generation still be available in Battlespire?
Can I beta test Battlespire? When?
Maybe. You must be a Compuserve member. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Battlespire
is scheduled to begin beta testing in late July.
Is there outdoor play? Is it cool?
Of course there is. We have windmills, temples, castles, huts, inns, taverns,
homes, and even ships you can enter. You can sail rowboats around...be it on
river or ocean and you can even combat from the boat. You can fly about in a
hot air balloon. It rocks.
Is there null modem support?
Is Battlespire as big as or bigger than Daggerfall?
No. Battlespire is a tighter story with specific locales. Average play time is
projected at 40+ hours.
Are the graphics really that good?
Yes, they really are that good. Battlespire runs in high resolution (640x480)
and high color (32K colors) and that really shows off what we can do now. A
lot of people have asked if we selected only the best shots. Of course. But
every shot we have is worthy. Shots will continue to make their way out and
about over the next month or two. A goal of the artists involved was to make
the environments so spectacular that every possible viewing perspective would
make a great screenshot.
Is the Item maker still around in Battlespire? What about the Spell maker?
The Item maker is not available in Battlespire. The Spell maker is and is
configurable on the fly. It is somewhat different now...you can't mix spell
effects and you can't adjust numbers (damage, spell duration, etc.) You can
assign hot-keys for individual spells however.