Tamriel Goes MMO: Bethesda Announces "Elder Scrolls Online"

Brad Chacos

After months (years!) of rumors and whispers, it's finally official: Bethesda just announced that it's developing "Elder Scrolls Online," an MMO version of its much-beloved role playing series. Just scanning the press release's subject line sent butterflies fluttering through my stomach: can Bethesda take its superb single player universe online successfully, or will this prove to be a proverbial arrow in the knee for the series?

We won't know for sure until sometime in 2013, when the game launches for PCs and Macs, but the Elder Scrolls Online is the main feature and cover story in this month's Game Informer magazine . The details are still very scarce, but GI's brief teaser indicates the game takes place "across the entire land of Tamriel, from Elsweyr to Skyrim and everywhere in between… set a millennium before the events of Skyrim as the daedric prince Molag Bal tries to pull all of Tamriel into his demonic realm."

There will also be a three-faction PVP mode that has players fighting for control of Cyrodiil and the Emperor's throne, the publication reports.

"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," game director Matt Firor said in the company's press release. "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."

Well, Matt, our fingers are nervously crossed.

Game Informer plans on periodically updating its Elder Scrolls Online hub with new content over the coming weeks, starting with a teaser trailer tomorrow.

So, are you pumped at the idea of Dragon Shouting fools off of cliffs across Tamriel, or scared that the game will devolve into fools Dragon Shouting other fools off of cliffs around Tamriel?

Image credit: Game Informer

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