May 4, 2012
Elder Scrolls MMO Is Really Real
Michael Harper for RedOrbit.com
With only a taunting spherical icon to satisfy any curiosity, the June issue of Game Informer will announce the next step for the wildly popular and successful Elder Scrolls franchise: The famous RPG will be going online, creating a Massive Multiplayer Online game (or MMO). The new issue of Game Informer will cover this story in-depth, as well as discuss in detail the entirety of the franchise.
Elder Scrolls Online was developed by a team at Zenimax Online Studios and promises to combine the immersive exploration aspects of the franchise with the large scale and social elements of a MMO role playing game (or RPG).
The game will be released by Bethesda Softworks.
According to gameinformer.com, players will discover an entirely new chapter of Elder Scrolls history in this ambitious world, set a millennium before the events of Skyrim as the daedric prince Molag Bal tries to pull all of Tamriel into his demonic realm.”
Matt Firor, the game´s director, is no stranger to MMOs, previously working on Mythic´s Dark Age of Camelot.
He told Game Informer, “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 new MMO RPG will not only bring together fans of the game in an online environment, it will also bring together Mac and PC users, as the game will be available for both platforms. Game Informer is also reporting the new MMO will feature “three warring player factions,” allowing users to play alone or in groups, engaging in player-on-player combat.
Further teasing these fans, details about the new online gaming environment will be released slowly through images, interviews with the game´s creators and trailers in the coming weeks.
The first trailer is expected to be unveiled later this week.
Zenimax Online Studios was founded in 2007 by Matt Firor. Though this will be the first game released by the Maryland-based company, rumors of their work on the new MMO began last year when they announced they were ready to hire hundreds to staff a customer based support center in Ireland.
Eager gamers may also get more information about Elder Scrolls Online as E3 and Quakecon 2012, two electronic entertainment and gaming expos, take place in June and August, respectively.
Gamers are typically known to be very opinionated consumers, ever loyal to a brand or franchise.
The response to this news on blogs and Twitter seems mostly positive. Those who do seem worried about the expansion have faith in Matt Firor and Bethesda to create a great game. Gamers will have a while to get excited or angry about this game between now and its release date in 2013.