Latest rumour suggests Elder Scrolls MMO is in development, due for reveal this May
For those of you who have been clamoring for Bethesda to bring online functionality to the Elder Scrolls series, pay attention: there could be an Elder Scrolls MMO on the way.
According to Tom’s Guide, the Elder Scrolls MMO – called Elder Scrolls Online – will be announced during May this year. The report didn’t confirm whether Bethesda would be the only developer working on the game, but said ZeniMax Online Studios is involved.
Regarding the details of the MMO, the name comes from an anonymous “industry source” and the game will take place a “full millennium before The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.” As Tom’s say, this would put the MMO at around the Second Era, which is before any other Elder Scrolls game. Tom’s also says this information was confirmed by two other sources.
Elder Scrolls Online will also have three playable factions, apparently. The only details known about the factions at this point, though an animal represents each faction: a lion, dragon and a “bird of prey”. Tom’s says the final animal could be either a phoenix or an eagle.
The source also revealed that along with the May 2012 announcement, there will be a showing at E3 this year and Quakecon 2012 following that.
There were also quite a few domain names registered, that pointed towards an MMO title in the Elder Scrolls universe. From elderscrollsmmo.com to elderscrollsonline.net.
Details also came out in 2012, well before sources started to confirm an MMO is in production. In Bethesda’s court case against Interplay’s Fallout MMO, transcripts from the court case revealed Bethesda is working on a “World of Warcraft type MMO.” The report also said that Bethesda have put “tens of millions” of dollars into the project, which has apparently been in development since 2006.
The report back in 2010 said the development timetable was four years, indicating a 2010 or 2011 release. Clearly, that has been changed.
Job postings point towards MMO
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of an MMO that could be set in the Elder Scrolls universe, however, as job postings also pointed towards artists where “MMO experience would be a plus.”