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Elder Scrolls MMO Announcement Coming Soon?

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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!

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I don't know how much less excited I could be about this, and I'm a huge Skyrim fanatic... in fact, I'm still playing Skyrim every other night or so. I don't know how many characters I've created, gotten bored with and nuked to start over.

But there are reasons I play Skyrim, but not a single MMO. I love Bethesda's games because they craft a fantastic world full of NPCs and precarious situations for you, as the primary agent of change, to influence. How will that adapt to an MMO? Can it? We can't all be Aragorn or Luke Skywalker, can we?

I don't play MMOs because I don't like messing about with other human actors in my computer RPGs. I greatly enjoy tabletop RPGs, but I find that actual people in video game based RPGs completely destroy the illusion. When I walk into a town in Skyrim, I see normally dressed people using the forge, buying things, occasionally chatting at each other, kids playing tag, etc. In my brief flirtation with MMOs, walking into town meant I was greeted by dozens of people in full combat armor standing stock still, staring into space, sometimes with a thought baloon reading "...". The screen would fill with chit chat not directed at me, and of course the ever present "CASH FOR GOLD OMGZ$$$".

Most importantly for me, I'm married. I also have friends and social obligations in the real world. Being able to pause a game is nice. And the last thing I need is having to schedule some kind of appointment to meet in Tamriel Online to do a raid. If they've got that kind of time, I'd rather they visit my house in person and play Mario Kart or Champions of Norrath.

Cracticus said:

David, you succinctly described why I prefer offline / single player games, while I also appreciate the social interaction possibilities available for those gaymers so inclined.

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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