The Elder Scrolls Online Is Coming
It was announced today that the rumoured MMO set in the world of Tamriel is happening. It’s been dubbed The Elder Scrolls Online by Bethesda. Whether this is a positive step remains to be seen, but at least we have the first details about it!
The game’s due to be released in 2013 so if you’re in need of your next Fus-Ro-Fix you won’t have to wait too long. It’s being developed under the direction of MMO veteran Matt Firor who’s worked on a number of the Dark Age of Camelot titles, so he knows what he’s doing. He states:
“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.”
Now, as a long standing fan of the The Elder Scrolls series, this news didn’t have me jumping for joy. Mostly trepidation and some heavy sighing, thinking another of my favourite series (here’s looking at you, Lord of the Rings Online) will be made into a mediocre MMORPG that’ll start out subscription based, fall into decline and then turn free-to-play. But with Bethesda behind the wheel, there’s still hope on the horizon. They’ve proved by now, they certainly know what to do when it comes to making an AAA RPG.
Details are set to be revealed in next months Game Informer, but we’ve gleaned this information on the general setting:
“set a millennium before the events of Skyrim as the daedric prince Molag Bal tries to pull all of Tamriel into his demonic realm.”
Now we’ve had some run-ins with the daedric prince Molag Bal, and apart from Sheogorath, who is by far the best and most mad of the lot, Mr. Bal is a close second. So we know it has a interesting backdrop. I can’t shake this feeling that something isn’t right however, so for now I will keep a wary eye on this MMO and remain quietly hopeful.