The Elder Scrolls Online MMO revealed


After years of rumors, the confirmation finally came today: Bethesda is currently developing a massively mutliplayer game based on the Elder Scrolls franchise. And it sounds like they've already been working on it for years.

"It will be extremely rewarding finally to unveil what we have been developing the last several years," said Elder Scrolls Online game director Matt Firor. "The entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made – and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise." Firor has previously worked on the cult-classic MMO Dark Age of Camelot.

According to the reveal, the game will take place a millenium before the events of Skyrim, and will follow the story of the Daedric prince Molag Bal who is trying to pull all of Tamriel into his dimension. 

The game will allow players to explore all the varied regions of Tamriel, rather than a single zone as has been the tradition since the early days of the Elder Scrolls. The magazine reveal will also delve into aspects like single-player questing, group dungeons, and open world PvP.

The Elder Scrolls Online currently due out sometime in 2013. 

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  • makatak7 - May 3, 2012 9:44 a.m.

    I don't really like MMOs, and I'm done with TES for a while. I won't be picking this up
  • sirdilznik - May 3, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    As much as I love Elder Scrolls games, and I do, I hate MMOs so I have zero interest in this. Still, I hope it's good for the folks that do like MMOs.
  • usmovers_02 - May 3, 2012 10:05 a.m.

    My thoughts exactly.
  • MercurialForce - May 3, 2012 9:52 a.m.

    I just want Bethesda to make an Elder Scrolls-type game set in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" universe :(
  • lazer59882 - May 3, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    i'm the biggest fucking elder scrolls fan there is, but i feel endlessly betrayed by this announcement. fuck this, fuck trying to appeal to every single person under the sun. i could've sworn the millions and millions of copies of skyrim that sold would be enough for bethesda, but alas, they're just like any other videogame company, fucking money grabbers. i will absolutely not play this, mainly on principle, but also cause MMOs fucking suck, and i don't do online gaming. in fact, i hope this is a HUGE financial failure for bethesda, so they stop wasting fucking time trying to expand their fanbase when the one they already have is so rabid and loyal.
  • usmovers_02 - May 3, 2012 10:05 a.m.

    I'm not an MMO player as as such will likely not play this. But HOW is this at ALL a bad thing? Bethesda making more money GREATLY increases the chances of a bigger budget traditional Elder Scrolls game. Also, as I understand it this MMO is NOT being made by the same team that makes traditional Elder Scrolls games. Therefore it shouldn't have ANY effect on Elder Scrolls 6.
  • Jordanonfire - May 3, 2012 10:07 a.m.

    You realize they said they've been working on this for years. Meaning during the production of Skyrim. Meaning single player Elder Scrolls game production won't necessarily stop because of this. Part of me hopes it does bomb so that Bethesda can't make another game for people like you. Or perhaps it does so good, Bethesda doesn't make another single player game again. The real part of me hopes it does awesome, and Bethesda still continues to also make games like Skyrim. Why the hell should you care if millions of other people get to try out a new game, just because YOU don't "do" online gaming. Get over yourself. Because you like a company's product, they can't expand their fan base? Please.
  • taylor-bond - May 3, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    Are you kidding? I'm a huge Elder Scrolls fan too, I loved everything about them. I used to play the same missions on skype with my friends because it was the closest thing to being able to play with friends online, I think this is the best thing that could have possibly happened, I was always hoping this would happen and unless you have no social life in the real world and online then I doubt anyone could think this is a bad idea..
  • Wasting_Light - May 3, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    I don't know if you're trolling or just being an idiot but I made an account just to tell you how much of an entitled d-bag you sound. Seriously, it's people like you that give fans a bad name.
  • lazer59882 - May 3, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    hahahahaha did ANY of you faggots actually read what i said? the majority of ES fans DON'T want an mmo. that is fact. bethesda made a shitload of money from skyrim, oblivion, and morrowind. that is fact. bethesda risks alienating their hardcore, loyal single-player fanbase to appeal to a bunch of immature online teens like yourselves who want everything to be multiplayer. that is fact. they will succeed in doing so, to a large degree. that is fact. none of those statements are disputable. my opinion, which you can take however you want, is i now hope bethesda LOSES money on this stupid fucking venture, to show them where their true fanbase is, and how easily we can turn from supportive to genuinely offended. i hope this fails, and the word multiplayer is never again mentioned in the bethesda offices.
  • Wasting_Light - May 3, 2012 11:29 a.m.

    Listen buddy, once you get your head out of your ass I'd like you to read this: THIS GAME WON'T FREAKING AFFECT THE SINGLE PLAYER ELDER SCROLLS. Now, who the hell told you we're teens who want everything to be multiplayer? You're starting to sound like a damn elitist brat. So what if they're trying something new? It's not like they won't make single player games anymore. If you don't want the game then fine. Nobody's threatening to kill you if you don't play it. And calling people who don't agree with you "faggots"? Real mature buddy, real mature. And you actually expect people to take you seriously?
  • CombatWombat101 - May 3, 2012 11:41 a.m.

    I highly recommend looking up the difference between "fact" and "opinion". Facts can be backed up with evidence. Your claim that "the majority of ES fans DON'T want an mmo" cannot. I don't claim to know the exact figures of where each fan stands on the Elder Scrolls MMO debate, but I can say that it is a fact that every friend of mine who is a fan of TES (that I can think of off the top of my head, anyway) has spoken about how cool an ES MMO would be. You cannot back up your claim that "bethesda risks alienating their hardcore, loyal single-player fanbase" either. Why? Well, because that's a stupid argument, mostly. Considering this has already been in development for several years (i.e the same period where Skyrim - you know, one of those games you love? - was being developed and released) we can come to the logical conclusion that an Elder Scrolls MMO would not have any impact on the development of their single-player titles. If Bethesda manage to succeed in alienating their fans "to a large degree" it will only be because a large part of their fanbase is apparently made of whiny, self-entitled moaners like yourself who would stop playing their single-player content (which is entirely separate from the MMO) just because they made something you don't like / agree with. Seriously, Look up "fact". While you're at it, grow up.
  • crashby89 - May 3, 2012 12:24 p.m.

    Oh look your opinion your facts huh? And you dont like MMO's so they all suck too huh? Dont buy it if you dont like it noone will care in the slightest. As a fan of bot ES and mmo i personally know many people who have long wanted a multi-player ES game and will most likely be enjoying the game. And funny you calling people immature teens as no adult would try to be cool with all the cussing and calling people faggots. But nice try
  • lazer59882 - May 4, 2012 11:47 a.m.

    hahahahahaha learn how to spell, idiot.
  • PevMaster - May 3, 2012 12:25 p.m.

    Fuck off asshole. As the smart gentlemen above me said, FACTS have to be supported with evidence. It is a FACT that people die. It is a FACT that we require food, water and sleep to live. It is an OPINION that the majority of ES fans don't want an MMO. Oh what, do you have evidence? Oh, you do? Where is then? That's what I thought. You're a childish buffoon who can't spell or properly use grammar. As a matter of fact, EVIDENCE actually contradicts you're opinions. Bethesda did a private survey a few years back (2007 I believe) about whether fans would like to see an Elder Scrolls MMO. And do you know how many wanted to see it? 88%. See, you're an idiot.
  • CombatWombat101 - May 3, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    You feel betrayed because a company whose games you love is making a different type of game? Jesus, get over yourself. Also, "they're just like any other videogame company..." Yeah, you're right. They're a company. Companies generally try to make money. If you're going to rage at a company for wanting money, you should probably just stop buying any product ever made. Bethesda still managed to release Skyrim while working on this, so clearly they have two teams - one working on "your games" and the other working on "games that make you rage inexplicably." There is zero reason for you to be getting so mad over this. It literally affects you in no way whatsoever, other than now you know an Elder Scrolls MMO exists. Seriously, you should work on losing your colossal sense of self-entitlement; all it does is embarrass you.
  • TCMU287 - May 3, 2012 12:31 p.m.

    What you, -and for some reason, this article's author- fail to realize is that this has almost nothing to do with bethesda. Zenimax, Bethesda's parent company, created a completely new studio for this game years ago. I would be surprised if Bethesda does anything for this game other than advise on lore.
  • Dadyo238 - May 3, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    Not the bigges tfan of MMOs, but if it's a great game, I 'll probably get it.
  • Z-man427 - May 3, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    It's funny to me that people are upset about this.
  • BladedFalcon - May 3, 2012 10:19 a.m.

    *Yawns* Well, at least I now know I can easily ignore the next upcoming TES game. Should give me plenty of time to recharge interest for the next actual game.

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