According to a post on Tom’s Guide, industry sources have revealed that Bethesda and ZeniMax are planning on revealing details about Elder Scrolls Online, an MMO set several hundred years, or “a full millennium before The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.”
That would make this game, like, even Elderer Scrolls. Though not yet the Elderest. Those are words, right?
According to the source, players will be able to join one of three factions, signified by a lion, a dragon, or a bird of prey, a detail that reminds me of Game of Thrones, what with the Lion of Lannister, the Dire Wolf of Stark, and what have you. The post also notes that after the May reveal, Bethesda will have a presence for the game at June’s E3 and at Quakecon in August, so if nothing else, we won’t have long to wait to see if these rumors come to fruition.
Over on Eurogamer, there’s some more background offered about how long Elder Scrolls Online may have been in the works. The post refers to Bethesda registering the address for elderscrollsonline.com in 2007, with the company’s marketing VP Pete Hines explaining that they simply wanted to avoid domain squatters picking up anything they might want to use in the future. In 2010, court papers from the ZeniMax/Interplay lawsuit revealed that Bethesda was working on a “World of Warcraft type MMO,” having been in the works since 2006 with a budget of “tens of millions of dollars.”
What do you think? Elder Scrolls Online sound interesting to you? Is there room in your heart for another MMO? Or are you calling it quits after you’ve had enough of The Old Republic?