We knew Bethesda was planning something big for its E3 showcase next month, but we wouldn’t have picked this. The Elder Scrolls Online is the next game to throw its hat into the fantasy MMO ring – the first Elder Scrolls title to allow gamers to explore the world alongside other players.
The game itself has been kept tightly under wraps for the past five years, as industry veteran and game director Matt Firor kept a close eye on development.
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. 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 game is actually being developed (for both PC and Mac) by a new developer: ZeniMax Online Studios, and it’s already got some good names onboard. Matt Firor himself – president of the studio – was one of the founders of Mythic Entertainment, and brings more than two decades of online game experience to the table.
The studio lives happily under the Zenimax umbrella, but it is completely separate to Skyrim‘s home studio, Bethesda. That studio is currently working on its own projects, but ZeniMax Online checks in regularly with the loremasters to make sure everything stays canon.
Official details on the game are pretty slim at the moment, with the title wrapped up as a Game Informer exclusive, but we can tell you that player-driven PvP will be a focus of the game, pitting all three player factions against each other over the province of Cyrodiil.
We’re also promised public dungeons (caves, ruins, etc), designed to encourage gamers to play together, rather than splitting off into separate instances. See also: Full voice acting, stealth, daedric princes, recognisable locations, and solo questing. After five years development, there’s more than enough to talk about, so expect plenty about The Elder Scrolls Online in the none-too-distant future.