Elder Scrolls MMOG reveal in May?

Source says Zenimax and Bethesda planning to take wraps off Elder Scrolls Online in coming months; game to be set before any franchise entry.

Source: An "industry source" speaking to technology news and reviews site Tom's Guide.

What we heard: The tipster told the site that an Elder Scrolls massively multiplayer online game is in development and that Zenimax Online Studios and Bethesda will officially announce the project this May.

The site's source suggests the Elder Scrolls MMOG--to be titled Elder Scrolls Online--will be set an entire millennium before November's Elder Scrolls V: Skryim. This timeline would put the new game "several hundred years" in front of any Elder Scrolls game. This information was substantiated by two additional sources speaking to the site.

An Elder Scrolls MMOG is on the way, according to a source.

Additionally, the source says Elder Scrolls Online will sport three playable factions. Details are thin concerning these roles, but the tipster said each will be represented by animals: a lion, a dragon, and an unspecified bird of prey.

On top of an official announcement in May, Elder Scrolls Online is "likely" to have "some sort of presence" at the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo. A showing at August's QuakeCon--put on by Bethesda--is also believed to be planned.

It's been no secret that Bethesda and parent publisher Zenimax are building an MMOG. There are presently 38 open positions at Zenimax Online Studios, all related to work on an "unannounced massively multiplayer online game."

No word has come through official channels regarding the project at Zenimax Online Studios. Last month, Bethesda reclaimed the Fallout MMOG rights from Interplay after years of litigation. Under the terms of the deal, Bethesda is able to develop an MMOG set in the Fallout universe.

The official story: A Bethesda representative told GameSpot, "We don't comment on rumors."

Bogus or not bogus: Not bogus that Zenimax Online Studios is creating an MMOG and the Elder Scrolls series seems a strong fit for such a game. The franchise is known for its expansive environments, deep role-playing options, and emphasis on player investment.

As for a May announcement for Elder Scrolls Online, revealing the game during that month would give Zenimax and Bethesda momentum heading into E3 2012, scheduled for June.

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dragonborn75
dragonborn75

they need to a multiplayer to skyrim it would bring in the multiplayer gamers and it make aloteof eople happy if people dot liei tat skyrim should multiplayer there insane i would get syrim on my computwer just for the game and themultiplayer!

 

Ujio-Samurai
Ujio-Samurai

Ok so here is what I think. This game is being developed by Zenimax (I think) So it won't hurt the development of TES:VI (Thank the lord) If this is a 3rd person, tab-target MMO then, it will suck. If it keeps a similar action based combat like the Single Player TES games it will be much more interesting. There should be different servers such as PvP, Online PvE, PvP/PvE and Offline/Friends and allies only PvE. Some kind of arena for fighting which also checks players Lvl and classes to match up groups. So that Warriors don't get smashed with Ice Bolts all day. Also Clans/Guilds should be able to have a Hideout (Castle/Cave/Town) which can be Raided by enemy Clans/Guilds as some kind of game type. Also the level/skill system will have to change but it would be nice if you started as a clean character and then chose say 2 damage skills e.g Two Handed/Bow after levelling the skill to say 20 you can then "Specialize" to take it further. Also for this game Shield and One handed should be merged but with a loss in the damage area so that one fighting style isn't taking up both slots. One handed should remain a seperate skill choice for Spellswords etc. Definitely a Block and Mute function. I think normal Tab/Macro/Skill Spam MMOs are boring and as long as this brings something fresh to the table I am in... but I am also not getting my hopes up.

Dragdar
Dragdar

When MMOs break their dull, non real time combat curse that's when they'll become worthwhile

TroyTrojanGamer
TroyTrojanGamer

Gods: Check Demons: Check Massive Area's: Check Factions: Check Super Weapons: Check Lots of cities: Check PVP: Hopefully arena This one would actually have a lot of potential

0-NGN-0
0-NGN-0

for the love of sithis.. no, no mmo!!!!!

apocalyps382
apocalyps382

I don't know how they'd make an Elder Scrolls MMO, but hopefully it won't be the same as others (3rd person, tab-target, pvpers run in circles, etc). I hope for the best for this, should the rumor prove true. On a side note, I think Bethesda would have a better time pulling off small multiplayer for an Elder Scrolls game.

645798
645798

It's such an epic series and frankly I'm not too hot about MMO's (at least since vanilla SW: Galaxies). Why? Because people (fanboys) are generally way too pissed off and invasive which really ruins how immersive and personal a game can be. e.g. imagine talking to vivec with some rad morrowind OST playing in the background and then all of a sudden some nutjob called xXXXkevin_destroyerXXXx keeps sending you invites to join his guild called mumzonfire while your just trying to enjoy yourself... Bummer. There is definitely alot of potential though. I think this could be legit if the game focuses enough on SP/ or limited multilayer (at first) and then delivers an open multilayer world for those willing to play something different (once they've completed the main game). A bit like Diablo 2 where you would basically play alone or with a few friends to compete the main game/build your character (during the first play through) and then focus on a multiplayer world like SWOR. So basically what I'm saying is: hopefully Bethesda won't sacrifice the traditional single player awesomeness of a elder scrolls game for some MMO.

pyroone
pyroone

Well if anyone can create an mmo as good as wow it would be them. And to all the people saying why? Blizzard has been pulling in $1billion a year in subscription fees, everyone wants a piece of that!!

Creid1192
Creid1192

nonono. No. No. NO. NO! Why Bethesda? Why take away the aspect of choice and unilateral decision-making from the Elder Scrolls? Why besmirch the name of Tamriel with a doomed-to-mediocrity gear treadmill game? I'm really hoping this is just a rumor.

slonekb05
slonekb05

been asking for this since morrowind. wont happen... until next console at leaste

Goupil418
Goupil418

seems like every video game devs always want to do a MMO that can match the already released ones, but it's not gonna happen, the current released MMO's are already boring, I wonder why devs keep trying to make something big when they know that it will fail...

supertom221
supertom221

@warhawk-geeby I hope you are right.. Bethesda has no experience in MMOs. What chance does it have against the likes of Blizzard and the Guilds team? Even if it is the Elder Scrolls. Bethesda should just stick to Open-world action-rpgs, it's what they do best.

nackidno
nackidno

What most people forget is that it's not Bethesda Games Studios that are developing the game but Zenimax Online. So for those who worries about drawbacks for the singleplayer games: no. There won't be any because it's not the same studio.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@supertom221 Hmm.. I do actually agree with you there.. it's sad but very true. If they do go ahead and release an MMO than fingers crossed it will go against the grain, from what you've said it's highly unlikely.. but I'll be optimistic. Let's just wait and see.

Slash_out
Slash_out

Too many MMOs, I won't play. Stop making an mmo for every freaking popular solo franchise out there...

stan_boyd
stan_boyd

Will an MMO work in the style of Elder Scrolls, in Oblivion I was pretty much a God nothing could stand in my way. In Skyrim I was a sneaky warrior mage who could wield sword in one hand and spell in the other while sneaking around for backstabs. Will we still be able to mold our characters how we want, or will we have a class system of Healer, DPS, Tank, Buffs/Debuffs, and Crowd Control.

supertom221
supertom221

@warhawk-geeby Oh, but you see, It is not the fact it might have an MMO that spites me. No, not at all, exploring new genres is a great thing to do in order to develop the skills of the team. What I'm worried about, are the curses of being an MMO game. First, it looks amazing, everything looks so cool and social yet still retain the glory of the Elder Scrolls. THEN, it will slowly derail as less people feel inclined to pay for an MMO, which is by nature-- Repetitive. After seeing heavy losses in the time period of an average half a year- to year, Bethesda will have no choice but to go Free-To-Play in order to keep people on the game. Yet it will be nothing more than a lengthy demo than actual gameplay, and it will be what all F2P games are: Free-To-Play, Pay-To-Enjoy. All that is aside from the usual problems an MMO suffers from which i've named in my previous comment. I really don't understand why so many developers want to make MMO's nowadays. They die faster than you can say "Jack Robinson". WHERE IS THE PROFIT HERE?!?! Also, with Guild Wars 2 on the way, what point is there to even try and compete? I rather pay 60$ for a full-blown Single player experience I will rememeber for years to come rather than paying 5-15$ a month for endless grinding and guild raids.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@supertom221 But what about the wonderful world of runescape? I played that back when I was a kid, however many years ago.. and that's still going strong - in fact it's currently going through a huge update. I understand the general perception of MMO's being rinse and repeat, but an MMO in the world of the Elder Scrolls would be pretty beautiful if it worked. I agree completely with what your saying, but maybe we should give it a chance? It could be huge?

Yggdrasil_91
Yggdrasil_91

MrAWESOME 7. I don't know how old you are, or how long you've been playing video games, but you named game series that are pretty recent. The Elder Scrolls Series is 18 years old. It's massive. The games you named are pretty big now, but I don't know if in 10-15 years time they'll still be releasing titles for those series. And besides, just because they make an Elder Scrolls MMOG doesn't mean they'll stop doing the regular games. Check your facts a little before blurting out your opinion.

MrAWESOME7
MrAWESOME7

Just take a damn look at all the good games like GOW, UNCHARTED, BATMAN AC, GOW etc. These games will last a life time cause no MMO for these games.

Witchsight
Witchsight

Tamriel has a pretty sordid and complicated history... And its a big place. Something grand like this could easily be supported by its backround story. No idea if it will be good or not however :P I think the only way to make a great MORPG at this point, is by someone who doesnt play them. Its so easy to fall into MMO tropes that it makes every supposedly unique game indistinguishable to newcomers.

supertom221
supertom221

@warhawk-geeby Yeeaaaah, thing is, there is a certain pattern most MMO's suffer from. The pattern goes like this: Make a random character, give it a retarded name, log in. WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF THE ELDER SCROLLS! Now, the first thing that will happen will NOT be an interesting opening that will lead you to unravel more parts of the story and your role in it. No, instead, you'll be greeted by a quick intro, followed by having to go talk to someone for a fetch/grind quest. After that, the NPC will send you to ANOTHER NPC who will give you a fetch/geind quest. ONCE in a while you'll get a cool quest with maybe a mini-cutscene and a boss battle that works the same way as it did before with the other enemies, who, unspurisingly, travel in packs. AFTER that is done, you are thrown into the world with no idea what to do, and so begins the tedious quest of doing more quests and getting better gear. Such is the curse of an MMORPG. So you see, there is reason behind our hate.

cjcool1000
cjcool1000

id like to see it happen id like to see it on the ps3

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

I would be happy with this. Big fan of Elder Scrolls. I am hoping they will change it up so it's not exactly like WoW, but none the less, I would try this.

weedman1985
weedman1985

This is Bethesda we are talking about. History has shown that they pretty much fail at anything other than making first person single player RPGs. If it happens, it will most likely fail quite badly.

paxv1
paxv1

sounds good a first person elderscroll mmo. i know there is alot of hater for mmo out there but me and many others likes mmos so dont bash a game just because its not your kind of game. if you dont like it dont play it. pretty easy to understand. now i would like to see the guild system and how it turn out cause if you can have a guild like the darkbrother hood, mage guild ... ect that would be pretty cool. and guild wars would be nice.

Xandoom
Xandoom

Why would Bethesda acquire the rights to a Fallout MMO, then make an Elder Scrolls MMO? Honestly, think this through.

adilejaz
adilejaz

MMO!! I have Guild Wars 2 on the list for that!! Give me TES 6!!

SandRunneR
SandRunneR

Nothing against this... as long as it doesn't take away from TES VI... or mess up the lore.

Kriminalac
Kriminalac

Who knows what will come out of this....But what I think Bethesda wants is: MONEY,MONEY,MONEY,MONEY !!!!....

Pr3acher
Pr3acher

@FrankFoscoJr Minus at least two parts which will be added in expansions. Anyway this is bogus, bye TES, we'll talk again in tes 6.

FrankFoscoJr
FrankFoscoJr

Well I most certainly hope that they use the WHOLE WORLD to make this game. :) All of Tamriel would be nice.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

I know a lot of you guys don't want this.. but with me being fairly new to the franchise it sounds pretty good in my opinion. I've owned Oblivion and Skyrim and love them both, an MMO might not be all that bad.. especially considering it's Bethesda doing it :)

illegalChronic
illegalChronic

i Love skyrim and all.... but even that smap map(compared to any MMO). has more bugs then most games. i can help but think this game is gona be one huge bug. while im hoping it would be a success. Hopefully it has mod support.

shureshot24
shureshot24

This whole idea seems a like it's kind of a money grab, but if they could make an MMORPG that's as good as its single player counterpart im down. I just don't think they can do that with the way MMORPG's are structured.

ZOD777
ZOD777

God no! Why Bethesda? WWHHYYY??? I guess they are watching Activision-Blizzard's revenue streams and don't really care if they ruin Fallout and TES in the process. I have to believe that well over 50% of the fans of both series would like to see another single player installment, and not a gold/caps farming game where everyone sits in towns and stares at eachother.

PCsama
PCsama

i don't like the idea ..all about money i get it :(

MegamanExecute
MegamanExecute

Don't like the idea. Single player Elder Scrolls is fine the way it is. It would be stupid to play according to real world time. Kinda why I hated Farmville. Single player (And dragons) is what makes Skyrim different from WoW.

gameking5000
gameking5000

@P1zzaman They're going to make Fallour 4 first then maybe Elder Scrolls VI

CTR360
CTR360

i dont care for MMOG elder scrolls game

DAMSOG
DAMSOG

Why all the hate? Some of us are actually excited at the prospect of a MMO set in the land of The Elder Scrolls, they have released no details about anything only to say that they will make an announcement shortly and people are already saying it will suck, I will reserve my judgment until something concrete shows up....like a gameplay video or such...for shame.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

If they do this I'll pass. I want Elder Scrolls to play at my own pace, not to worry about being online at a specific hour to attend a guild raid.

vault-boy
vault-boy

If they don't use the EverQuest formula I'm interested. I'm tired of all the EverQuest clones out their (and FYI, WoW is an EverQuest clone). TOR adding story elements was at least a step forward. Granted it was a step towards a cliff but at least it was something. If Bethesda can make a new way to play an MMO than go for it. But I doubt they will be able to and they probably shouldn't try. WoW has had so much time to develop and gather a good player base that it has become the best of the EQ clones and until someone changes the formula their is no beating it. WoW is supreme until someone does something different.

Tangsta03
Tangsta03

Well one good thing about this would be that it'd force Bethesda to finally develop a decent combat and loot system, something that has been sorely lacking in every Elder Scrolls title to date.

alex33x
alex33x

The only way I could be exited, for this is if they introduced a werewolf and vampire class. It's one of the features that I've enjoyed the most in this series. But there's the world of darkness, so who knows.

P1zzaman
P1zzaman

just concentrate on Elder Scrolls VI