Bethesda Softworks, publisher of the hit PC game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has announced that an MMORPG based on the same world as Skyrim is under development by ZeniMax Online Studios. The MMO is titled The Elder Scrolls Online and it will be the first in the Elder Scrolls game franchise to allow gamers to explore the legendary Elder Scrolls world with others.
“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.”
This announcement could not have come at a better time. The most recent title set in the Elder Scrolls world was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim which has been one of the most talked-about games on the internet recently. Industry figures state that 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 massive success of Skyrim has set the stage quite nicely for an MMO release, possibly some time in 2013 though no official release date has been revealed.
The Elder Scrolls Online MMORPG will be available for both the PC and Mac. Languages will include in English, German and French.
No other information is available at the moment but there are reports that the story will be about players who must prevent the demon prince Molag Bal from pulling Tamriel into his demonic realm. According to the June issue of GameInformer, the player vs player (PvP) content will consist of open-world combat with three different factions who are fighting “over the province of Cyrodiil and the Emperor’s throne itself.”
Official website link: http://www.elderscrolls.com/skyrim/
Source cited: The Verge