For those who are well-acquainted with slaying dragons in the The Elder Scrolls universe, in particular Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, will know how much these games have consumed every waking hour of the console and PC gamer. In 2013, Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Online Studios plan to own PC and MAC gamers with The Elder Scrolls: Online, the first TES game to allow gamers to explore the Elders Scrolls world with others in a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game.
Matt Firor (Dark Age of Camelot), TES:Online Director, has spent the last two decades developing games hopes to reinvigorate the MMO market with The Elder Scrolls.
“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 Firor in an official statement. “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 story, which tends to be inconsequential in an MMO, is rumored to involve Molag Bal trying to take Tamriel into his realm. The setting would take place thousands of years before the events of TES: Skyrim. A teaser trailer is to be unveiled tomorrow but expect speculation and debate to explode in gaming communities for the foreseeable future. And then there’s an exclusive cover story about the game in the June issue of Game Informer Magazine.
As previously stated, the story tends to be more insignificant since the allure of an MMO is to let loose the player to explore and interact with other players, team up, conquer, divide, whatever you can imagine. Make your own legend and let it take a life of its own. It’s an exciting prospect to say the least and gamers will be wondering how unique–most importantly–the game play will be as it pertains to the Elder Scroll experience. There is no word on any attempt to launch the MMO on consoles and it has not been rated by the ESRB.
Here’s what many gamers will discuss in the coming months:
• Is this the best use of Bethesda’s resources? Longtime TES players will attest to the bugs and glitches in each Elder Scrolls installment.
• Can the TES online gamer expect these same bugs on a titanic level with a shift to MMO and expect delays?
• Will TES:Online players need to pay a monthly fee to play?
• What will this do to the development schedule of the sequel to Skyrim?
• And will TES: Online make a dent in the World of Warcraft empire?
Skyrim was won nearly every major video game award in 2011 and shipped over 10 million units within the first month of its release. To make a successful jump to the MMO world would be a landmark splash, but are you on board?
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