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.