It looks like that anonymous source back in May was right, after all: ZeniMax and Bethesda are working on an MMO set inside the Elder Scrolls’ Universe.
We were told to expect an announcement in May, that it would be named Elder Scrolls online, that the game would include three player factions and that it would be set earlier than any of the other Elder Scrolls games; it looks like that’s all true, with Game Informer teasing their June cover and trickling out some details including that it’ll be set a millennium before Skyrim.
The MMO is based around the daedric lord, Molag Bal, attempting to pull Tamriel – in its entirety – into a demonic realm.
It looks to take the scale and exploration of the previous games and blend them with social aspects to create the biggest – and perhaps most important – Elder Scrolls game yet. Game Informer also tease solo quests, public dungeons and a “player-driven PvP conflict that pits the three player factions against each other in open-world warfare”.
“It will be extremely rewarding finally to unveil what we have been developing the last several years,” says the game director, Matt Firor, known for his work on Dark Age of Camelot. He goes on to state that ”The entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made – and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise.”
From what we’ve seen so far, it looks like it should do the franchise justice – it has been in development for several years. The game is pencilled in for PC and Mac release in 2013 – there’s no word on console versions – and there will be a teaser trailer, along with a screenshot surfacing tomorrow, with even more content to follow in the coming months.
An MMO feels like a perfect fit for this series, so let’s hope it will match the quality of the other Elder Scrolls games. Are you ready to experience a fully online world of Tamriel like never before?