Elder Scrolls online to be revealed in June

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Long rumored and much anticipated, The Elder Scrolls Online is finally being unveiled in the June issue of Game Informer. In this month's cover story we journey across the entire land of Tamriel, from Elsweyr to Skyrim and everywhere in between.

Developed by the team at Zenimax Online Studios, The Elder Scrolls Online merges the unmatched exploration of rich worlds that the franchise is known for with the scale and social aspects of a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Players will discover an entirely new chapter of Elder Scrolls history in this ambitious world, set a millennium before the events of Skyrim as the daedric prince Molag Bal tries to pull all of Tamriel into his demonic realm.

"It will be extremely rewarding finally to unveil what we have been developing the last several years," said game director and MMO veteran Matt Firor, whose previous work includes Mythic's well-received Dark Age of Camelot. "The entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made – and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise."

An in-depth look at everything from solo questing to public dungeons awaits in our enormous June cover story – as well as a peek at the player-driven PvP conflict that pits the three player factions against each other in open-world warfare over the province of Cyrodiil and the Emperor's throne itself.

Come back tomorrow morning for a brief teaser trailer from Zenimax Online and Bethesda Softworks, and later on in the afternoon for the first screenshot of the game. Over the course of the month, be sure to visit our Elder Scrolls Online hub, which will feature new exclusive content multiple times each week. You'll meet the three player factions, see video interviews with the creative leads, and much more.

The Elder Scrolls Online is scheduled to come out in 2013 for both PC and Macintosh.

Click the images below for the full-size renderings of the cover, and continue on to find out what other surprises are in the issue and when it will arrive:





In addition to the world exclusive first look at The Elder Scrolls Online, the June issue of Game Informer brings you the first hands-on report on The Amazing Spider-Man from Activision and Beenox as well as new details on Lego Batman 2, Resident Evil 6, and Devil May Cry.



Furthermore, Matthew Kato explores the role of the Entertainment Software Association plays in the video game industry, Matt Miller discusses the rise of new business models in gaming, and Joe Juba chronicles the new form that the once-thought-dead adventure genre has evolved into.

Look for the June issue to hit mailboxes and newsstands over the coming week or so, or click here to subscribe or convert your existing physical subscription and get access to the digital edition when it goes live on May 8th.


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I hope that it becomes B2P, it's the best type for MMO's imho, they get money with hard copies, and still might get money from people that use cash shops to buy apparel items (only apparel, no boost shizz), although Elder of Scrolls could be cool if done properly, it might just fail if the expectations fall short. =S
 

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Why would they do that? Elder scrolls didn't need to be online and is already buggy enough offline.

:lol:

Well, they definitely don't need to, but I suspect if any franchise can, this one can, perhaps even more so than the CoD franchise, as the audience for Elder Scrolls is much more suited to MMO marketing. I think it would be a shame, though, and honestly, I have no interest in any type of multiplayer for this series.
 
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BREAKING NEWS: The MMO will be set in Skyrim, not the entire Tamriel.
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But they promised the entire world. =(
Where does it say it's only Skyrim?
Since it says this "“set a millennium before the events of Skyrim as the daedric prince Molag Bal tries to pull all of Tamriel into his demonic realm."" I'm hoping that it's the entire Tariel. =S

And there's a teaser tomorrow =O
 
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But they promised the entire world. =(
Where does it say it's only Skyrim?
Since it says this "“set a millennium before the events of Skyrim as the daedric prince Molag Bal tries to pull all of Tamriel into his demonic realm."" I'm hoping that it's the entire Tariel. =S

And there's a teaser tomorrow =O

It's not saying only Skyrim, it's simply using the events of Skyrim as a timeframe, not as a location. I've heard it's set throughout the entirety of Tamriel, not just Skyrim.

Anyway, this is interesting news but I've continually been a critic of some suggestions for an Elder Scrolls MMO. In concept it sounds cool but in practice it doesn't feel like it'd work. I feel like a lot of the world would have compromises to account for the large amounts of players and it'd kinda defeat the purpose of it. But it may prove interesting. I can see it really changing how TES is played, providing some typical MMO aspects and really allowing specialization that works. Like people can tank, play mage, play archer, whatever.

But I'll hold my judgment until there's actual info here.
 
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I hope they have some balls and take a few cues from Ultima Online.
Such as phasing out NPC guards and shopkeepers with player guards and shopkeepers.
Make it an actual living world, it'd work so well for The Elder Scrolls and there are enough diehard fans to make the model work.

...but I'll just assume it'll be another typical MMO and not get my hopes up.
 

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I hope they make a worldwide statement to all gamers' boy- and girlfriends. Something along the lines of "From 2013, we'll take them ALL!"

As if Diablo 3 wasn't enough..
 

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It's not saying only Skyrim, it's simply using the events of Skyrim as a timeframe, not as a location. I've heard it's set throughout the entirety of Tamriel, not just Skyrim.

Anyway, this is interesting news but I've continually been a critic of some suggestions for an Elder Scrolls MMO. In concept it sounds cool but in practice it doesn't feel like it'd work. I feel like a lot of the world would have compromises to account for the large amounts of players and it'd kinda defeat the purpose of it. But it may prove interesting. I can see it really changing how TES is played, providing some typical MMO aspects and really allowing specialization that works. Like people can tank, play mage, play archer, whatever.

But I'll hold my judgment until there's actual info here.
I meant that regarding what AlanJonh said about it being set only in Skyrim.

And yeah, IMHO, the game would be awesome if they kept the mechanics of Skyrim for example, for weapons, classes, etc etc... Specialisations are ok, as long as you're not forced to use only one class, but then they'd have to program it real well so that characters wouldn't bug each other and some similar stuff... But meh.. I guess it'll be impossible so I'd better not expect too much from it.
 
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