Elder Scrolls Online Confirmed, Announced
Several weeks ago, Devin Connors over at Tom’s Hardware broke the rumor that Bethesda would be announcing an Elder Scrolls MMO in May. That rumor is true. This morning, Bethesda has officially announced Elder Scrolls Online. The new MMO will be playable on Mac and PC. Additional details about the game will be unveiled in the latest issue of Game informer (yeah, we know…); Bethesda was very coy in their official press statement. What we know so far is therefore very much nothing more than rumor. However, two additional potential details were revealed when the rumors of Elder Scrolls Online first broke, neither of which have been debunked:
* The game is to be set during the Second Era, or about 1,000 year prior to Skyrim.
* There will apparently be 3 playable factions, each of which is represented by different beast. (This might be suggested by the three dragons swallowing one another’s tails in the image above.)
An exploration of the second era, which sees the fall of the Cyrodilic Empire and ends with the establishment of the Septim dynasty, would allow for a huge amount of story – assuming those rumors also pan out. For now, we do wonder if this means that the next single player Elder Scrolls game will be for consoles only, or if they’re even going to devote resources to future single player games – the precedent established by World of Warcraft may not apply here, but there are some rather large parallels. In the next few days, we’ll be digging deep into the lore of Elder Scrolls to figure out precisely what this might mean
In the meantime, here’s the official press release:
BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES
THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE
ZeniMax Online Studios Takes Award-Winning Elder Scrolls Franchise Online In Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game
May 3, 2012 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced The Elder Scrolls® Online, an MMO in development at ZeniMax Online Studios. The Elder Scrolls Online will be the first Elder Scrolls game to allow gamers to explore the legendary Elder Scrolls world with others.
The Elder Scrolls Online is being developed for PC and Mac under the leadership of industry veteran Matt Firor, who has spent the last two decades working in online game development. Details about the game are revealed in an exclusive cover story in Game Informer®’s June issue, which ships to subscribers and newsstands this month.
“We have been working hard to create an online world in which players will be able to experience the epic Elder Scrolls universe with their friends, something fans have long said they wanted,” said Matt Firor, game director of The Elder Scrolls Online. “It will be extremely rewarding finally to unveil what we have been developing the last several years. The entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made – and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise.”
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® is the most recent title set in the award-winning Elder Scrolls universe. Skyrim, developed by Bethesda Game Studios, was released in November 2011 and enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success. Skyrim earned hundreds of ‘Game of the Year’ awards, including top honors at the 2012 Game Developers Choice Awards, the 15th Annual 2012 Interactive Achievement Awards held at the 2012 D.I.C.E. Summit, and at the 2011 Video Game Awards. Internationally, Skyrim shipped over 10 million units within the first month of its release, was the second highest grossing title in the industry last year, and is the fastest selling title in Steam’s history.
The Elder Scrolls Online will be featured on magazine covers across Europe and in online stories in the coming months which will provide gamers with more information about this exciting title.
The Elder Scrolls Online has not yet been rated by the ESRB.