Elder Scrolls Online confirmed for 2013

Massively multiplayer take on open-world RPG series to be set 1,000 years before Skyrim in a Tamriel endangered by daedric prince Molag Bal.

Skyrim fans yearning to explore the game's fantasy world with other people will get the chance next year, as Bethesda Softworks today announced The Elder Scrolls Online, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game take on the long-running series, set for release in 2013.

The Elder Scrolls is finally going online.

Bethesda didn't reveal any gameplay details, but a Game Informer tease for the magazine's cover story on Elder Scrolls Online revealed that the game will cover the entire continent of Tamriel, including the lands featured in previous Elder Scrolls games like Cyrodiil, Skyrim, and Morrowind. The game will be set 1,000 years before the events of last year's hit Skyrim and will put players into the world on the brink of demonic assimilation at the hands of the daedric prince Molag Bal.

Elder Scrolls Online will also feature three player factions, though they were not detailed. However, a rumor that made the rounds in March and correctly predicted the game's announcement suggested that they will be represented by animals: a lion, a dragon, and an unspecified bird of prey.

The Elder Scrolls Online will be the debut game from Zenimax Online Studios, which was established five years ago with Mythic Entertainment cofounder Matt Firor (Dark Age of Camelot) heading up the operation. Firor is also serving as game director on the project.

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Tha_Marauder
Tha_Marauder

I'm very optimistic about this game. The mmos that have been comin out lately seemed to all just be missing something. But one of the cofounders of daoc is directing this. A game I believe had huge influence on more modern mmos like wow. This will def be a step up. *Ranger all day*

Lazermage
Lazermage

Finnaly the best game EVER is going to get a MMO, this is going to be an unique one! something not like WoW or EQ2!!!

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

"M'aiq prefers to adventure alone. Others just get in the way. And they talk, talk, talk." - M'aiq the recurrent easter egg carrier...

Jake518
Jake518

Very skeptical of this. 

imnotsober
imnotsober

YA!. Iv always wanted this to happen. Days, months, and years iv asked the the Nine Divines for a Elder Scroll game to become ether (coop)-(MMO). Truthfully im excited iv always wanted the elder scrolls to become more open to the world where every one can interact together like in a MMO or coop. I think this would be cool if they decide to follow through with this idea.

 

(Im Not Sober, and i approve this message.)

radrussian1
radrussian1

if they would have made this a sandbox with the skyrim type action combat system (but better) then i would have considered it. this seems like its just gonna be another theme park, hit hot buttons, watch the screen, and lust after top tier armor like all the other mmo's. i dont know why they think people want that.

Blayzino
Blayzino

Could be an interesting concept, never mind all you MMO haters.. Its probably coz you've never played a good one like THE ELDER SCROLLS hehe

loay1152
loay1152

Already? I am not even done with oblivion for christ sake.

JMcN76
JMcN76

Absolutely no desire to play this game. I am a Skyrim diehard...it's still the only game I have been playing, but MMOs? Not interested.

SuperAxilla
SuperAxilla

I have a feeling there were no plans for a TES MMO, and when Skyrim hit big, Zenimax made an executive decision to attempt to tap into the MMO market to try and tap some of the WoW "glory" (if you want to call it that). Maybe Bethesda really had no intentions for this, but was overruled by Zenimax . It's a business, but this is one steep risk.

ArticRecon
ArticRecon

HORRIBLE idea..  That was always the allure to the Elder Scrolls.. the non-beat your head against the wall repetive combat.  The detailed quests with good story lines.  Sick of multiplayer.  I like a good single player journey i.e. SKYRIM.  eh..

otgkhan
otgkhan

Well if they include amazing detailed quests with awesome story lines, it would be a refreshing change from the rather generic quests of other MMOs

rbenns2
rbenns2

They're fighting an uphill battle. MMOs are expensive to create and maintain, and I don't think there are enough people who want an MMO and aren't already playing WOW or SWTOR. In fact, when SWTOR came out, many users they attracted were not new MMO customers, but WOW defectors. 

CrackSnack
CrackSnack

Skeptical about this, which is good, cause that only increases the chances that I will be pleasantly surprised.

xRownan
xRownan

I think that whether its good or not who cares? If its good then we all get to enjoy an MMO in a setting we all know and love. If it isn't good then don't play it. It's that simple. I think if someone wants to try making it let them. Who knows what could come out of this.

1wikkid1
1wikkid1

The only thing that makes this interesting IMO is that they'll have to put in serious time into the story of the world and things of that sort.  It's an interesting world they've got, and it may be fun to run around the world with a buddy or two... I just really don't see 10/20person groups in that environment.  We're all used to mostly taking things on solo in the Elder Scrolls games, I just can't imagine how the game-play we already love will have to be changed in order to accommodate a crowd.  It's a shame really, now that Bethesda has released the (probably) most successful Elder Scrolls game, they'll take a chance like this.

 

If it works, I'm willing to pay WoW-style for this, but I'm just really really doubting that they'll be able to produce an MMO worthy of carrying the Elder Scrolls name.

ironfoxgamer
ironfoxgamer

It must be good.I believe in Bethesda that it can never let us down.......After all its Elder Scrolls. :D

JackNief
JackNief

An Elder Scrolls MMO...... feels like its missing something. The point, maybe?

As much as I like the idea of Elder Scrolls having a multiplayer component.... that's really it, I want a singleplayer game that lets a player and a friend lobby up and play a singleplayer game together. Y'know, like it was a mod, or something.

Unholy123
Unholy123

Hmm so they are actually setting a date doubt they will hit it, but thats really not the point what i've been thinking about this ES online for abit and the more I mull on it like a tasty day old sandvich :P The more I realize what's wrong with this idea... No one asked for this. I don't think I remember anyone saying oh man Oblivion boy this be amazing if it was filled with a type of grind and far more linear and incredibly one size fits all quests. Mmm Skyrim now with less unique quests and more fetch n retrieve so many dead animals foreskins or w/e the NPC wants quests. I do not belive anyone wanted that. 

I think Zenimax is forgetting there isn't exactly a huge demand for another MMO and def not a ES MMO, just because they are making one isn't going to change that fact. So far i'm speculating all I saw in that trailer was what appeared to be a prelude to fairy pr0n sketch and concept art, so who knows what the game looks or plays or even will attempt to be like but if its a cookie cutter generic MMO with the ES lore dropped on top I can bet you it will fail.

If all that was too much to read your sad but to sum it up "Zenimax is probably pissing away time on money on this project as it goes into the blackhole territory of the MMO failverse"

jrmorgan23
jrmorgan23

Will NOT be wasting anymore of my precious life hours on anything elder scrolls related until they fix what they already have.  So sick of having to restart my system because of freezing.  No other game in my collection does this.  Shotty.  Garbage.  Waste of life.  Screw you Bethesda.  Glad you spent time creating a freaking cross bow.  can't use it though because your game sucks. 

SquareEnixFan13
SquareEnixFan13

So Bethesda isn't developing this? If so maybe we'll get Fallout 4 sooner.

RobertBowen
RobertBowen

For anyone interested, TotalBiscuit dicusses the Elder Scrolls Online in his latest mailbox.  You can listen to it here:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ti0aSSioAzc&feature=sh_e_top&list=SL

 

I found his view quite balanced and interesting, tbh, and I've gone back to a semi-neutral stance on the whole thing.  Really need to see the game in action before judging it too harshly, although I don't like some of the design choices so far.

Terminus33
Terminus33

WoW , many of you sre already whizzing on the fire and calling it quits.

I for one have been waiting for this since the first elder scroll.

I'll be in the beta as usual.

Marder-I
Marder-I

I"ll pass on this as well, to me how much money will they sink into this that could have gone, hell even some of the ideas and "help" they give to the company that is going to make it..... Compared to making thee killer next console/PC singles game, I'm sure some will get into it, but many probably not. Cheers Tom

secher_nbiw
secher_nbiw

Totally unnecessary, just like co-op would be.  Believe it or not, it's OK for some games out there to be single player.

Hunterjuggz
Hunterjuggz

I read the posts here and I'm joining the masses here and saying "don't bother." Also I must jump on Jeremy473's idea band wagon, 2 player co-op, online AND system link and you'll have a permanent place in my xbox collection.

Jeremy473
Jeremy473

It doesnt need to be a mmo. Just leave it be.  as a stand alone rpg. I dont mind exploring and doing missions alone. Its going to fall on its face. leave the mmo bs to wow. This is just a attempt to suckle fans of the series into a never end money pit mmo. If they added a co op in the normal game that would be enough for me. That way im playing with one friend and our fun doesnt revolve around other people being stupid.

DragonRift
DragonRift

Do... not... want.

 

Seriously, these companies need to stop making MMOs for every single successful RPG franchise.  Just because a single player RPG has millions of fans, it doesn't meant they want to share that world with millions of players online.

 

These games are perfect single-player experiences.  I'd rather wait patiently for The Elder Scrolls VI instead.

mpikatellis
mpikatellis

I LOVE TES, but i have no interest in this whatsoever. Bathesda should invest their money and time in Skyrim or a new installment instead

DaSlyOne
DaSlyOne

MMORPG's have morphed to mean Monotonously Mediocre Online RPG's.

muppen
muppen

As much as I love the Elder Scrolls games this doesn't interest me at all.

kylts
kylts

Hmm...I'm Intrigued But I Think It'll be Buried With All the others MMOs :P Even then I doubt slapping the Elder Scrolls name on it will make it different Than other MMOs. 

MattBT123
MattBT123

Looks set to continue the trend of mediocre Elder Scrolls spin-offs (think Redguard, Travels, Battlespire) alongside the great main series.

GOCRAZY1
GOCRAZY1

This can't have a bad side too it. Bethesda isn't making it, and it's 1000 years before the first (I think) ES game, so it has absolutely ZERO impact on the games Bethesda is making. Chill the **** out guys, this will either be great and we'll all be happy, or it'll suck and we'll all ignore it.

ydnarrewop
ydnarrewop

I don't know...maybe it'll be good? For some reason I'm interested but not excited.

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

I must say, the trailer and the screenshots I viewed here at GameSpot were, well, underwhelmng. Nothing about it stood out to me as "Wow! This has potential!" Now, it's very limited information, certainly, but it's not a positive direction.

 

I am not concerned about The Elder Scrolls migrating to multiplayer. This MMO is developed by ZeniMax Online Studios whereas Bethesda Softworks continue to focus on SP titles. I think the typical timefrane for releases of this franchise won't change (only Fallout will most likely have an effect to this).

otgkhan
otgkhan

 @rbenns2 I dont know about MMOs being expensive. Players play full cost of the game to buy it and then $15 per month. Game's development cost could be recovered just by game sales like any normal title and monthly fees for maintenance.

jsobc
jsobc

 @xRownan As I agree with you... if it's not good, then we have to wait another few-many years for them to make another RPG for the ones that don't want to play online with other people... I hope they are simultaneously developing the MMORPG and an RPG to satisfy both customers, even if the RPG comes out a year or so later. But hey... we don;t know a single thing about this game, so who am I to talk?

Salehjamal
Salehjamal

 @JackNief As much as it sounds awesome, it would be an overkill. Skyrim really lacked a challenging single player to begin with IMO. Maybe my style of playing is helping me? (having a companion and an atronach all the time)

Jeremy473
Jeremy473

bethesda isnt making the mmo obsidian is, from what i read in game informer.

RobertBowen
RobertBowen

 @Jeremy473 

Actually, it is Zenimax Online Studios making the MMO, with a bit of input from Bethesda Game Studios.  Obsidian Entertainment has nothing to do with it.