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Rumor: Elder Scrolls MMO to be announced this May

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.

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12 comments

  • Shinard - April 2, 2012 7:08 a.m.

    Maybe an online game, with Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim's worlds and multiple servers with 10 players max per server... Oh, and it would have to be Elder Scrolls gameplay, not MMO gameplay. I know I'd buy that, but if they just made a standard MMO and stuck Elder Scrolls lore on it I wouldn't be happy.
  • jackthemenace - March 23, 2012 10:11 a.m.

    Well, I'm with most of the other commenters. An ESMMO seems like a good idea on paper, but in practice, it doesn't seem to me like a good idea. I mean, sure, add in a multiplayer element to the next Elder scrolls game, definitely, that'd let you play with a few of your mates in the same world, but an MMO? No. it wouldn't work out too well at all.
  • Meleedragon27 - March 17, 2012 2:19 p.m.

    I was under the impression that Todd Howard and his band of merry men weren't interested in making an MMO. I'm gonna assume if this MMO is real, then it's likely going to be handled by another developer altogether. After all, aside from the reason I just stated, Todd's crew is probably too occupied patching Skyrim and working on DLC for the game (speaking of which: Black Marsh expansion, plz!). As for the MMO, I'm not interested. That massively multiplayer stuff really isn't my thing, but I don't think everyone should expect it to suck just yet; yes, Bethesda isn't exactly known for their superior beta testing and many MMOs are known for dying unspectacularly, but I'm gonna wait until there's more information before judging it.
  • usmovers_02 - March 17, 2012 2:41 a.m.

    NO... ELDER SCROLLS... MMO!! I already knew Bethesda was the best company when it comes to bad decisions but this would be the worst yet. As somebody else already said, the game couldn't be modded which is a MAJOR reason it's a big success on PC and MMO's are far more popular on PC.
  • ncurry2 - March 16, 2012 10 a.m.

    The comments sum it up. Their games are best suited to single player. Besides, they have an absurdly hard time managing bugs for a single player offline game. Imagine how bad it will be when thousands of people are interacting with a massive game world.
  • lazer59882 - March 16, 2012 9:55 a.m.

    for real, skyrim was one of the best selling games of last year hands down, even though it was only out for a month and a half. how much money does Bethesda need? it's obvious they could subsist on the skyrim profits and be successful, yet they insist on doing this shit. how much money do you need, Bethesda, to spit in the faces of your decade-long fans in an attempt to win over a few others?
  • McSpermie - March 16, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    If the rumors are true, this has probably been in development for at least 4 years. I doubt they just decided to make this MMO in the past 4 months. I really hope these rumors are false though, I am NOT interested in an MMO. At all. Please just stick to your guns Bethesda.
  • lazer59882 - March 16, 2012 9:52 a.m.

    Bethesda will be in for a surprise at the massive amount of backlash this announcement will cause. NO true elder scrolls fan wants a fucking MMO. only MMO players who've never played an ES game want one. they will play it, the game will be buggy and suck, the hardcore ES fan will avoid it like the goddamned plague, and then those players will move on to "better" MMOs, and Bethesda will have a huge financial loss on their hands. DO NOT FUCKING DO THIS.
  • sirdilznik - March 16, 2012 9:50 a.m.

    /reading title "...Elder Scrolls..." //anticipation level rising "...MMO" ///anticipation level dropping
  • Evanesco - March 16, 2012 8:36 a.m.

    Bethesda is in for a real surprise when the MMO community abandons the game because it has the same amount of bugs in it that the other ones do.
  • Shadow Of Death - March 16, 2012 11:29 a.m.

    And no legions of modders patching the game for them either XD That said, I'd at least check it out on the off chance it was something worth spending money on.
  • D0CCON - March 16, 2012 1:55 p.m.

    I thought it was common for MMOs to be released in a poor state.

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