With the success of Oblivion, Fallout 3, and Skyrim, one wonders what lies in store for Bethesda's popular franchises. Having devoted an inordinate amount of time to not creating a Fallout MMO
god d*mmit, the responsibility falls on their most beloved game-child. Indeed, in a less-than-shocking revelation, Bethesda and ZeniMax Online studios have plans to bring The Elder Scrolls into the MMO realm, Tom's Site has learned. According to the information, Bethesda plans to announce the game in May, with a likely showing at E3.
From Tom's Site:
An industry source that wishes to remain anonymous revealed the name of the new MMO to us, and confirmed that the game would take place a full millennium before The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Using the Elder Scrolls Wiki timeline as a guide, Elder Scrolls Online will likely take place during the "Second Era," or several hundred years before any of the other Elder Scrolls games. This information was corroborated by two additional sources before publication.
Elder Scrolls Online will have three playable factions, according to the tipster. Not much is known about the factions, except each is represented by one of three animals: A lion, a dragon, and a bird of prey (either a phoenix or an eagle, we aren't sure).
With Star Wars: The Old Republic enjoying a good deal of success, and World of Warcraft still lumbering about like some kind of digital Behemoth, it will be interesting to see how the supposed contender will fare. While I'm not a fan of MMO's, I certainly understand their appeal: Having spent six months on the WoW train
neglecting my hygiene and passively starving my imaginary children immersed in the frolic, I found that my quest-induced OCD simply couldn't make up for the rather tiresome combat. While news is scant, I'd love to see something along the lines of more recent endeavors, with a first-person oriented system - and most importantly, a lack of reliance on hotkeys.
What do you think, gamers? Are you excited, indifferent, or violently opposed to an Elder Scrolls RPG? Sound off in the comments section below!