The lights are on
Long rumored and much anticipated, The Elder Scrolls Online is finally being unveiled in the June issue of Game Informer. In this month's cover story we journey across the entire land of Tamriel, from Elsweyr to Skyrim and everywhere in between.
Developed by the team at Zenimax Online Studios, The Elder Scrolls Online merges the unmatched exploration of rich worlds that the franchise is known for with the scale and social aspects of a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Players will discover an entirely new chapter of Elder Scrolls history in this ambitious world, set a millennium before the events of Skyrim as the daedric prince Molag Bal tries to pull all of Tamriel into his demonic realm.
"It will be extremely rewarding finally to unveil what we have been
developing the last several years," said game director and MMO veteran
Matt Firor, whose previous work includes Mythic's well-received Dark Age
of Camelot. "The entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever
made – and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise."
An in-depth look at everything from solo questing to public dungeons
awaits in our enormous June cover story – as well as a peek at the
player-driven PvP conflict that pits the three player factions against
each other in open-world warfare over the province of Cyrodiil and the
Emperor's throne itself.
Come back tomorrow morning for a brief teaser trailer from Zenimax Online and Bethesda Softworks, and later on in the afternoon for the first screenshot of the game. Over the course of the month, be sure to visit our Elder Scrolls Online hub,
which will feature new exclusive content multiple times each week. You'll meet the three player factions, see video
interviews with the creative leads, and much more.
The Elder Scrolls Online is scheduled to come out in 2013 for both PC and Macintosh.
Click the images below for the full-size renderings of the cover, and continue on to find out what other surprises are in the issue and when it will arrive:
In addition to the world exclusive first look at The Elder Scrolls Online, the June issue of Game Informer brings you the first hands-on report on The Amazing Spider-Man from Activision and Beenox as well as new details on Lego Batman 2, Resident Evil 6, and Devil May Cry.
Furthermore, Matthew Kato explores the role of the Entertainment Software Association plays in the video game industry, Matt Miller discusses the rise of new business models in gaming, and Joe Juba chronicles the new form that the once-thought-dead adventure genre has evolved into.
Look for the June issue to hit mailboxes and newsstands over the coming week or so, or click here to subscribe or convert your existing physical subscription and get access to the digital edition when it goes live on May 8th.
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incredible. cant wait
Like the cover and I'll be interested in reading about this game, but I'm not interested in any MMOs, period. Mainly due to the subscription fee. If Star Wars doesn't pull me in, TES won't either.
The Gods of Gaming are smiling upon us!!
MY BRAIN JUST MELTED!!!
Not sure how I feel about this.
Dang I can not afford a gaming PC! I would love this and i really wish I could play SWTOR and MMOs period!
Gonna be tough for them to get this to not be just another generic, fantasy MMO. For me, the scale/exploration of Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim really set it apart, dare I say, more than the actual lore and art direction. Don't get me wrong all games have been beautiful looking, although somewhat generic in style. Skyrim tightened things up art-wise, but the stories - while very fleshed out and deep - have never been that amazing.
What will make this MMO stand apart from the rest?
also lol@all the people who think this is a good idea, rookies. Look at Bioware's inability to make an MMO for instance, they balanced the game around people's desire to grind new toons and replay content instead of making any worthwhile end game and pvp content.
Well i dont have a gameing PC...so i no longer care about the Elder Scrolls Online. too bad i guess
While nobody can make any actual judgements on the game seeing as no content has been released, I can say that I'm excited. The aspect of traversing all of Tamriel, seeing the continent in all of its glory as described in the many books throughout TES series seems like a blast of entertainment. Coupled with the story telling that we all expect from an Elder Scrolls game and stick a buddy or two by my side to explore it all with..this should be fun. My one statement, though, is that if it's subscription-based, I'm going to be sorely disappointed.
This is very exciting. It makes me extremely happy. But I'm also a little worried because a lot can go wrong with this MMO. As long as the gameplay stays the same and is somehow modified for an MMO, it should turn out great. I trust ZeniMax Online to release a wonderful product.