Bethesda Announces The Elder Scrolls Online

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Bethesda announced today that an MMO called The Elder Scrolls Online is currently being developed by ZeniMax Online Studios. The Elder Scrolls Online will officially become the first game in the franchise to allow players to experience the Elder Scrolls world with other people.

The Elder Scrolls Online is being released for PC and Mac, developed by Matt Firor, who has been working with online game development for the last two decades.

From the official press release:

“Details about the game are revealed in an exclusive cover story in Game Informer®’s June issue, which ships to subscribers and newsstands this month.

‘We have been working hard to create an online world in which players will be able to experience the epic Elder Scrolls universe with their friends, something fans have long said they wanted,’ said Matt Firor, game director of The Elder Scrolls Online. ‘It will be extremely rewarding finally to unveil what we have been developing the last several years. The entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made – and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise.’

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® is the most recent title set in the award-winning Elder Scrolls universe. Skyrim, developed by Bethesda Game Studios, was released in November 2011 and enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success. Skyrim earned hundreds of ‘Game of the Year’ awards, including top honors at the 2012 Game Developers Choice Awards, the 15th Annual 2012 Interactive Achievement Awards held at the 2012 D.I.C.E. Summit, and at the 2011 Video Game Awards. Internationally, Skyrim shipped over 10 million units within the first month of its release, was the second highest grossing title in the industry last year, and is the fastest selling title in Steam’s history.

The Elder Scrolls Online will be featured on magazine covers across Europe and in online stories in the coming months which will provide gamers with more information about this exciting title.”

The Elder Scrolls Online has not yet been rated by the ESRB and no release date has been officially confirmed. The announcement of the game is nonetheless one of the more exciting ways we could have possibly started the month of May.

What do you think? Leave a comment down below and tell us whether or not you are interested in The Elder Scrolls Online, and stay tuned for an editorial about what we hope to see in the first MMO from the series.

Update: The first trailer has been released. Watch it below!

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