Bethesda Announces The Elder Scrolls Online

Bethesda Announces The Elder Scrolls Online

Multiplayer hoarding?! I’m in.

Only recently have I joined the masses who now firmly believe that The Elder Scrolls would lend itself nicely to an online multiplayer world. Although the vast, sprawling, open environments are already crammed to the gills with mountains of quests to complete, people to kill, and material things to hoard, it still feels like something could possibly be missing. When both Morrowind and Oblivion came out I found myself glued to a phone for days on end chatting with friends while we both played the game, conversing about our various escapades and murderous exploits as we both attempted to rid the entire world of every living creature and always found ourselves eventually commenting on the lack of multiplayer support.

I never really put much thought into the concept, especially after the dismal display of open-world multiplayer in the Two Worlds series, but the recent hype surrounding an upcoming Bethesda MMO and my current obsession with Skyrim got me thinking again about just how much fun it would be to gallivant about the countryside stabbing deer and shooting fireballs at trolls with a friend.

The Bethesda MMO was speculated and all but confirmed to take place in the Elder Scrolls realm, but as we all know, nothing is concrete in this industry until it’s officially announced. Well, today Bethesda officially announced the existence of The Elder Scrolls Online, an online experience that will provide gamers with the opportunity to explore the legendary Elder Scrolls world with others.

Very little information regarding the game is unknown at this point as GameInformer’s June issue will feature an exclusive cover story, but we do know that the title is being developed for PC and Mac under the direction of Matt Firor. No word yet on whether or not this will make it’s way to consoles.

Matt Firor had this to say about The Elder Scrolls Online:

“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.”

I heard many skeptical thoughts and opinions regarding an Elder Scrolls game from long-time fans of the series, saying everything from “the game won’t lend itself well to multiplayer co-op” to “I don’t want to deal with other real people in my Elder Scrolls world.” Hearing that Todd Howard isn’t behind the helm of this massive ship makes me a bit nervous, but I do know that the Elder Scrolls series is very dedicated to delivering an exceptionally engaging gaming experience (minus the expected bugs and glitches), so Firor’s comments about ensuring that they create the best MMO ever made puts my mind at ease a bit.

I’m still holding my reservations though, as I have yet to play an MMO that has enticed me to continue beyond the free 30 day trial, but I’m secretly going to keep my fingers crossed and start stockpiling some cash in the event that this turns into another life suck for me.

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