Game Informer recently announced that their June issue will feature The Elder Scrolls Online. The game will feature all of Tamriel, including Skyrim and Elsweyr. A trailer for the game will debut tomorrow morning on May 4th.
Set 1,000 years before Skyrim, players will join one of three factions and fight in an open world environment for the region of Cyrodiil “and the Emperor’s throne itself.” Touted by Game Director Matt Firor as “the best MMO ever made”, we expect excellent solo questing, dungeons, and open world exploration from you, Bethesda.
The game will launch for PC and Mac in 2013. Stay up to date here at Lore Hound.
According to an industry insider, Bethesda and ZeniMax Online Studios are currently developing a MMORPG based on the Elder Scroll series, which will be announced in May of 2012.
The source also stated that the MMO will take place a millennium before Skyrim, during the Second Era, which is a few hundred years before any of the Elder Scroll games. The game will have three playable factions, each being represented by an animal.
Not much is known about the factions, except each is represented by one of three animals: A lion, a dragon, and a bird of prey (either a phoenix or an eagle, we aren’t sure).
It’s been known for some time that ZeniMax and Bethesda have been working on an MMO, due to job postings on the ZeniMax website, and through court papers all the way back in Jan 2010, when Bethesda and Interplay were in a legal dispute.
As recent as Sept 2011, Bethesda Game Director and Executive Producer, Todd Howard, came out against turning Elder Scrolls into a MMO; but it now seems this was only done to throw people off the trail. If this leak turns out to be true, that means at the very minimum, they’ve been working on this for over two years.
Bethesda and ZeniMax currently have not commented on this leak.