Whispers of an Elder Scrolls MMO have
been gathering for ages, but now it looks like 2012 will finally
be the year that Tamriel announces the opening of its online borders. At least, this is
the latest rumor coming from tech website Tom's Guide, which claims
Zenimax Online Studios and Bethesda are preparing to make Elder
Scrolls Online official this May.
Like most promising rumors, Tom's Guide
has only its anonymous industry source to go by. If the information
is true, Elder Scrolls Online will be set 1,000 years before the
events of Skyrim. The source also indicated the MMO will feature
three playable factions, but did not say what those races or groups
would be except that they are currently being represented by images
of a lion, dragon, and bird.
Lending further credence to the rumors
is the fact Zenimax has been seeking an art director, concept artists, and other talent with MMO experience on its job site. Tom's
Guide also states its report was backed by two other insiders,
and both Zenimax and Bethesda replied to the site's request for confirmation
with “no comment”.
An Elder Scrolls MMO has always been a
matter of when, not if. These latest rumors seem extremely plausible,
but all the same we'll wait for the official statement before breaking out the Spiced Wine.