Elder Scrolls MMORPG confirmed?

Source: See below. What we heard: Today, a variety of game-news sites reported that new evidence has surfaced that an Elder Scrolls massively multiplayer online role-playing game is in the works. Such a notion isn't exactly new. In August, ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Elder Scrolls...

Source: See below.

What we heard: Today, a variety of game-news sites reported that new evidence has surfaced that an Elder Scrolls massively multiplayer online role-playing game is in the works. Such a notion isn't exactly new. In August, ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Elder Scrolls developer and publisher Bethesda Softworks, announced the creation of a new MMORPG studio, ZeniMax Online. Last week, the company announced it had landed $300 million in funding for future projects including its MMORPG development effort, which is headed by Mythic Entertainment cofounder Matt Frior.

Today's flurry of reports was prompted by the fact someone noticed that ZeniMax registered the URL elderscrollsonline.com. Though the Web address is currently inactive, many took ZeniMax's ownership of the URL as proof positive that its MMORPG will be set in Elder Scrolls' realm of Tamriel.

Or it could just be a simple case of cybersquatter prevention.

"We are tired of people squatting on domains related to our games or simply not being able to get them if we needed them (note oblivion.com, fallout.com, and many others) and decided a while back we'd get these to keep it from happening again," Bethesda's PR chief Pete Hines told GameSpot. "People are grabbing domains like these and trying to extract money from us for them, or using them for some other purpose."

The official story: But while Hines was up front about the explanation for the URL registration, his chatty demeanor evaporated when the subject turned to the ZeniMax MMORPG. "They aren't talking about what they are doing and won't be for a long time," was all he would say.

Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus that the URL registration confirms the existence of an Elder Scrolls MMORPG. However, with others holding the Fallout and Star Trek MMORPG rights, the RPG franchise--famous for having MMORPG-size open worlds--is the only truly proven property in Bethesda's catalog.

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Ujio-Samurai
Ujio-Samurai

Just wanna say it's a remodel of WoW. TeS logo that's all. FAIL! 

wanderjahr
wanderjahr

4 1/2 years later and finally a reveal!!!!

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. This is a comment I made on news almost the exact same as this.

SANDMAN201
SANDMAN201

I want Co-op. Adventuring with a friend will be fun but I don't like the idea of 100 noobs running around whatever province this game will be set in. There will be noobs that will just go around killing everyone. They better have strong guards in this game to kill the noobs. I know! The moderators can be guards. If they Resist Arrest they get kicked. Easy!

Wreno
Wreno

to make this truly unique and preserve the feel of Elder Scrolls, is make it first person with an advancement system based on what you do in the game.

Seifer24
Seifer24

Elders Scrolls mmo was my dream since i was 20. Oh god make it happen and blizzard and their stupid wow/diablo will fall for ever. If u find that i hate blizzard it's because they make 10 years to release a game and it's very boring and rediculous so i bet on other companies.

chrism111593
chrism111593

You know how awesome it would be if The Elder Scrolls was to go MMO, dood i would like play that forever. I always tell my friends that one of the best games ever made is Elder Scrolls series and it is nearly perfect but what i would really like to see is online action, and they all agreed with me, will i just made this account so i can post here to show theres another supporter, will hopefully it goes MMO if not that would suck because i always been wanting it to go MMO.

yblif
yblif

To say that something is a copy of WoW is only fair if you consider that Ultima Online had guilds, secondary professions, house building, etc etc - long before World of Warcraft - and truly pioneered this genre. Blizzard makes awesome games - period. They have yet to flop - Warcraft game series, Starcraft, Diablo series, etc. However, Bethesda's Elder Scrolls has races that are unique, and the subculture of the games are unique. If an MMO was made using the latest Oblivion type world and character improvement structure etc. (minus the ridiculous monsters only increasing with your level) it would be awesome - period. They could just start over with the Elder Scrolls series and call it 'Arena Online' (Remember the game 'Arena?'. I love the openness of the elder scrolls games, and the versatility of character skill, development. I can do whatever I want with the Elder Scrolls characters - it is more realistic this way, and allows you to mix and match whatever skills you want - rather than be limited to race or by picking a specific 'skill class' like 'warrior', 'rogue', 'mage' etc. If i want to cast heal spells, i can choose that skill, if i want to be able to swing a sword, i choose that skill. Keep the bugs out of the release, and include all the previous game worlds, build upon the open-ended play, and build upon the unique character development already in place - and Bethesda has a huge hit -

Doughfan
Doughfan

They could always go the way bioware is going with TOR. Make it basically single-player game that you can play with others. I think Zenimax has enough creativity to make new ideas for MMOs that break the whole "Grind for gear" aspect that most MMOs have. I enjoyed diving through dungeons and exploring the continent much more than the main quest on oblivion, and the way that the world levels up with you, not the other way around. Every time i made a new character I went through the same dungeons at different times for a new experience, Which would make any MMO be less of a chore pre-end game. Honestly, Fallout would be a much more successful/original idea for an MMO. Bethesda probably wont be making one for at least a few years after (IF) they settle that dispute with interplay. Im really looking forward to new vegas but i would rather have an ES5 :D. I just hope bethesda doesn't view the fallout games as a "Spiritual successor" to ES and stop making them. I just like the character advancment much more than fallout... Plus theres nothing better than seeing someone go limp from a fireball to the face.

Ivan6285
Ivan6285

@parkway2010 See, that's exactly what TES isn't about, it's not about big raids or pwnings noobs, or stealing gear, wtf?, how would the rest work? Even if you implement that absolutely everything else about it is ruined. You want that, go play wow.

Ivan6285
Ivan6285

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Ivan6285
Ivan6285

This is just a rumor and I say no no no and no, TES series defines single player RPG, Oblivion had such enjoyable interaction with npc-s, Oblivion is still number one when it comes to quest, the most fun, most engaging and most immersive quests I've ever seen in a game, so many various non grinding quest, you're mostly put in shoes of detective which is goddamn fun, in the game YOU were the chosen one, you were the main protagonist, TES had some of the best lores ever, you could even read many books about lore, etc. etc. those things, and many others wouldn't be present in a MMO, it would just suck the spirit out of the franchise. In fact, there is one such example, It's called Darkfall. In short, I'm saying it would be a completely different game...and probably a total disaster. MMOs are undeniably all about competition, about getting better gear and simply that - that is exactly the opposite to what The Elder Scrolls are all about. Making a MMO out of a good SP franchise is probably a disaster..but this, this just cannot work LOL. One thing that would be nice is that in arena you can play against real players of your own rank, of course without looting the gear and without any other effect on your progress, but purely for fun. That's a theory, I know it wouldn't be simple to implement in an otherwise single player game.

vadagar1
vadagar1

Well if beth wana make billions they should add four main things to an MMO ES: 1- All tamriel provs. morrowind, vallen woods...etc 2- New game play ideas, and some kind of new "no" leveling play, instead its all about skills and learning comabt moves, spells, profs.....etc, would make the game more realistic and fun, get arrow in the heart u die kinda thing :) 3- Make the game 18+ with sex, violence, and gore, no kids= funner game. besides WE pay bills not the kids so it makes "money" sense. 4- Hire me :P www.Tarekart.com is my site and I'm a graphic designer, and I have 100000000 hours of game play exp. under my belt along with my work exp.

Prophet_Posse
Prophet_Posse

my cousins and i would all love this. i think this would be cool. BUT.... i don't wanna see oblivioncraft..please make this game original bethesda. and not like all the other stuff that we played all ready. and please never abandon single player. i have a feeling here in a few years all my favorite games are all gonna be online only and multi-player will be a must. that will be the day i quit gaming. im not antisocial i just rather to play my games single player...instead of some idiot that pulls the cable cuz he didnt wanna lose in madden.. sigh

rebornblood
rebornblood

This was posted in 2007 Alot coulda changed since then they need new information! come on gamespot =/

majergameplayer
majergameplayer

We need a new elder scrolls, i would love a portable one but last time they tried that elder scrolls travles was cancled!

Agent_StarFire
Agent_StarFire

i think it would be good with some kind of multiplayer system maybe like up to 16 people or something, but still prefer an mmo

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

instead of a mmo i'd just prefer a 2 player co-op instead.

rebornblood
rebornblood

I wouldnt mind a two to four player TES, cause you could play with your friends. If they make it a giant mmo its not gonna be the oblivion I loved for so many hours..

Dapio09
Dapio09

They should just make another game that has trophies/Achievements and online play

mungothehutt
mungothehutt

I honestly can't see an Elder Scrolls MMO working well...it definitely wouldn't have the same atmosphere that previous ES games have. I agree with "brad12d3" in that I'd rather play single player than have to deal with noobs or trying to compete with people that take a game too seriously. I'd rather play it on my own time than constantly so I can stay ahead of the peers.

brad12d3
brad12d3

Why the hell is everything starting to turn into mmos? I spent years waiting for KOTOR 3, but no they make a pc only mmo. I have been waiting years for ES5, now they are talking about making it into an mmo? I want my story driven single player RPGs that I can get swept up in without random nutcases running around

Parkway2010
Parkway2010

I don't understand why you people are hating on this idea? It would be epic greatness in disc form. Just have to kill the people who suck and hit you in the back because they can't aim, and bring in the pros. That problem's solved. I'm sure they'd find a way to fix lag for those big raids too. So that's solved. You whine about someone killing you over gear because they're a bit higher than you? Would you not do the same if you had the choice? I would. Gimme some gear nubs! XD God I hope they go through with this.

Master___C
Master___C

This is official. My friend's dad works in the gaming business and was asked to work on this game. The next Elder Scrolls game is an MMO, no idea when it is planned to be officially announced/released though

xTDBxDark
xTDBxDark

I think that 4 player co-op would be good and set up your own shops kinda deal. but not as far as going to mmorpg lvl. That would be bad LAGGGGG so bad. If they do make it online they will have to do something about the waiting and sleeping system but my friends and i would love to go out either dungeon crawling or adventuring soooo.... Yeah this would be a great thing to do. I cant' wait to do this on XBOX Live. Bosmer Nighblade

Greenhelm
Greenhelm

message to spartanjd. its called bethesda! duh whats wrng with you? you insulted bethesda. you insulted me and most of all....wel you insulted yerself, but most of all you insulted bethesda!!! anyway, they should at least make it likemorrowind, with the graphics of oblivion or Fallout. seriously you should be able to explore all of tamreil. maybe the game could be called elder scrolls tamriel and maybe in an expansion pack you can explore akavir. im gonna make a bosmer bard.......

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

It could definately work, as long as it wasn't derivitive, taking things from existing (and rather tiresome) MMOs. It would be amazing, as long as they did it exactly like Oblivion, but with real people's characters living in the cities rather, driving the ecconomy, perhaps even heading the guilds if they get voted as leader by the other players. What you're talking about there is an Elder Scrolls universe where every character is played by a real person, and THAT'S what an MMO should be like!

damaster101
damaster101

Elder Scrolls with multiplayer option on xbox 360?It has to be done.

Barighm
Barighm

Elder Scrolls as it is, but set in a persistent world with repeatable quests, other players, and a few abilities tweeked to be fair for MMO play... Sure, why not? Sounds fun to me, as long as the game is basically as I described it above: Oblivion with MMO-esque multiplayer.

Snake718718
Snake718718

i say if they added a multiplayer option to oblivion they should do it like fable2 except with the whole stupid fixed camra thing and people having to stay in the same spot or if they make an mmo they keep everything pretty much the way it is just have a bunch of other plays tho an maybe advance the story alittle so people can actuly say there playing different people an not just a different looking but same person

killeridis
killeridis

well i hope we hear for a new elder scroll at e3 but plz god not another mmo i have enough................ But an elder scroll with multiplayer option i say hell yes.

hajjjustin
hajjjustin

F*** that No mmorpg this ant WoW a multi player option might be ok, but thats it.

sullivano1
sullivano1

oblivion would be awsome as an mmorpg but you should have the choice to go online or single player because it would be a great oppurtunity to make them even more popular if it was an mmorpg you should be able to set up shops and make unique talking choices that you can chose yourself

spartanjd
spartanjd

i wonder if it is a new game our a downloadable

spartanjd
spartanjd

man i dont know in my life that bestad soft made a bad game i am sure they are going to ace this no doubt

Chizaqui
Chizaqui

nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

SgtSilock
SgtSilock

They better not f*** Elder Scrolls with an mmo, im serious.

sonicwhip
sonicwhip

whats the point of an mmorpg it would of been stupendously successful if they added a co-op mode to the single player game(offline and online co-op) to adventure with a friend.

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

Elder Scrolls MMO? Thats not for me... Elders Scrolls Multiplayer 1-4 players? Thats for me. I've allways wanted to play oblivion Co - Op with a friend or 2 but an MMO Will have monthly Fee's, alot of jerks, Lag, over/under powered issues and you probally wont be able to level up by doing things like mercantile and speechcraft and playing the game as a merchant etc Just stick to the single player its oh so good at (But adding a Co Op function in aswell wont go a miss ;))

Australians
Australians

they said there developing The elder scrolls V but there is no real eveidenice to say this game is possibly becoming a MMORPG

tpk212
tpk212

i dont no about this! really good game but mmorpg? u would hav to put in more levels and characters, hope it works out though! would be pretty sweet!

betterness16
betterness16

Obviously, the game would have to be almost completely re modified to work as a MMORPG. Like others have already pointed out, how exactly would the leveling work? How would the story work and the characters within the stories? I can visualize up to 2 to 4 players and find a way to keep the feel and looks of the game intact,... but MMORPG?? I'm not sure. Oblivion was such a well done single player RPG that I would hate for something so good to turn so bad. But what do I know? I'm just a gamer, not a game designer. I'm sure Bethesda has the power to do just about whatever they would like... 300 million is a lot of money, I don't care if you are Bill Gates. My point being, I'm afraid that the game would turn into a GTA4 muliplayer experience- or a MGS4 MMO instead of a true MMORPG. I just don't see how its going to be possible. But I would love to be proven wrong on this one.

daddyslttlpiggy
daddyslttlpiggy

well I dohave to say that I have not gotten into many of the mmorpg's that are out there right now and I have tried alot of them. FF11 is to slow paced, WOW is way overrated and actually kinda stupid in my opinion. this is one that I think I could get into though. I love the elder scrolls series, and an mmorpg would just be awsome.

EarthShakerX
EarthShakerX

I'm actually for monthly fee, the reson is that if we give them money every month, they will be able to create expansion packs, and allows us to play and enjoy the game longer. But if you are going to have a monthly fee, do as LOTRO and make something called "Lifetime suscription" You pay them 300$ and you'll be able to play for your entire life. But please, don't have higher payments than 15$ for each month.

dretcher
dretcher

so, i've been looking for a great fantasy MMO for a long time, and i've been saying to people that the elder scrolls would make a great one(PC, NO WAY IN HELL CAN A GREAT MMO BE ON 360. now that that's behind us, think about how the world is setup in the first place. it's huge. just tamriel is an enormous world for single player, although i agree its not big enough for an MMO. However, if u take the entire world, including the Morrowind worlds, and all the other games, think about how brilliant it would be. Now, i agree that they would have to do something with the leveling system, cause that would never work for an MMO. Just have certain areas of the map that are for higher lvls. You could group up with other players to do missions, or go into the aleid ruins to pvp against some of the games best. Haven't any of you wondered if ur character could kick ur friends characters ass?And it's got all the different character styles, which is allready great. And i love the thing at the beginning, the tutorial where u can change ur character type before you get out of the place if you didn't like it? I've played a lot of mmo's, and usually i delete like 5 or 6 characters before i figure out which one i like. No more of that. They could even make it RvR, which would be awesome, but only if they pulled it off, which would be rediculously tough. However, in my opinion, some form of ongoing battle with good versus evil is completely necessary. And the oblivion gates in tamriel are like gods way of saying i think this game should be an MMO, and this is where they will PVP. (In my mind, God is a game dev). As for a standard 15 dollar a month MMO fee, i dont really have a problem with that. It really isn't that much, and i find it worth it, since i play MMO's like a fat guy eats doughnuts. I like what tobias said, have it kind of like guildwars, with instances. The single player game has so many instances anyway, it makes it perfect. Aeilid ruins, caves, all kinds of assorted things like that. And the towns would be just that more interesting with hundreds of players in them. And with all the items in that game, they could make a spectacular econ system, with forges, alchemy places, mage shops, and all kinds of different things. i see so many possibilities with this game. and bethesda, if u happen to read this, rock on, and u'll certainly have at least one customer the day it comes out

asurvivor
asurvivor

Thank You Beztha!!!!! Maybe Todd could throw in some awsome extra features in too Todd is soo cool =)

hand4hire
hand4hire

i absolutely agree DoctorEnzek 100%