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Old 17th March 2012, 12:40 AM   #1
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Elder Scrolls Online reveal in May - report

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Bethesda will unveil its heavily rumoured Elder Scrolls MMO in May, according to a new report.

Elder Scrolls Online, as it is apparently known, is set a millennium prior to the events of Skyrim, an "industry source" told Tom's Guide.

It is speculated that this means the unannounced game is set during the Second Era of Elder Scrolls lore, hundreds of years before any game in the fantasy role-playing series. It will, apparently, feature three playable factions, each represented by an animal: lion, dragon and bird of prey (either a phoenix or an eagle).

The Elder Scrolls MMO is then expected to be shown at the E3 expo in June, and again in more detail at Quakecon, alongside Doom 4.

It is in production at ZeniMax Online Studios, which has been after staff with MMO knowledge for some time now.

Indeed, rumblings of an Elder Scrolls MMO have been felt since 2007, when Bethesda registered the website address elderscrollsonline.com. Then, Bethesda marketing chap Pete Hines said the company was only snapping up URLs to prevent others from getting there first.

Then, in 2010, legal papers submitted in the now settled court case between Bethesda and Interplay revealed the company was working on a "World of Warcraft type MMO".

Apparently development on the MMO had been ongoing since 2006 and involved "close to a hundred people" and a budget of "tens of millions of dollars".

In 2007, Bethesda's parent company ZeniMax hired Mythic Entertainment co-founder Matt Firor to lead development of an MMO. His experience on Dark Ages of Camelot, a traditional fantasy game, closely fits the Elder Scrolls bill.
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Old 17th March 2012, 9:52 AM   #2
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God I hope it has warband style combat and not wow style.
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Old 17th March 2012, 6:55 PM   #3
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Old 18th March 2012, 4:35 PM   #4
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New this was going to happen eventually, I just really hope it doesnt fuck the whole series. Its pretty important for mmo's to be mostly bug free, good luck with getting that in an ES game!! Dungeon design would have to be improved considerably as well, especially if they are going to have 5, 10 or 25 man raids.
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Good to hear if it turns out to be true. The MMO market can always use some more interesting competition. Not a big MMO guy though, keen to see how Guild Wars 2 turns out though.

I'd prefer to see a new normal ES game with online play and coop rather than a full on MMO.
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I'd prefer to see a new normal ES game with online play and coop rather than a full on MMO.
Yeah i agree, maybe in a similar style to how borderlands do it.
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I hope they make it exactly like wow and warhammer and aion and rift and swtor, because I can't get enough of those games!
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I hope they make it exactly like wow and warhammer and aion and rift and swtor, because I can't get enough of those games!
(Apologise if you are serious )

Anyways if it had the feel of Morrowind I would give it a try. Still one of my all time favourites, just not a big fan of the next 2 after.
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I hope they make it exactly like wow and warhammer and aion and rift and swtor, because I can't get enough of those games!
Yeah, there just isnt enough games like those, they should come out more often and be marketed to the public more. I hope you have to spend $60 for the actual game, then have to pay a subscription fee to go with that!!! Man that would be great.
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Yeah, there just isnt enough games like those, they should come out more often and be marketed to the public more. I hope you have to spend $60 for the actual game, then have to pay a subscription fee to go with that!!! Man that would be great.
I know!! I love paying to watch the same movie over and over and over and over and over and over again all the time too!
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Hope this doesn't suck ass. Not holding my breath though.
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Should be interesting... Looking forward to hearing more details.

As long as they steer clear of the typical MMO combat model... And either develop a new combat model or at the very least stick with the Skyrim combat, it should be pretty good.

One thing's for sure is it will have a massive following - though this doesn't mean shit, just look at SWTOR.
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it's fairly obvious that this game will suck
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So does mean they are going to stitch together all the areas of the various Elder Scrolls games into one colossal super map?
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