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The Elder Scrolls Online Announced
Woke up this morning, only to find this press release in my inbox:

Bethesda Softworks, a ZeniMax Media company, today announced The Elder Scrolls Online, an MMO in development at ZeniMax Online Studios. The Elder Scrolls Online will be the first Elder Scrolls game to allow gamers to explore the legendary Elder Scrolls world with others.

The Elder Scrolls Online is being developed for PC and Mac under the leadership of industry veteran Matt Firor, who has spent the last two decades working in online game development. Details about the game are revealed in an exclusive cover story in Game Informer's June issue, which ships to subscribers and newsstands this month.

"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," said Matt Firor, game director of The Elder Scrolls Online. "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."

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the most recent title set in the award-winning Elder Scrolls universe. Skyrim, developed by Bethesda Game Studios, was released in November 2011 and enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success. Skyrim earned hundreds of 'Game of the Year' awards, including top honors at the 2012 Game Developers Choice Awards, the 15th Annual 2012 Interactive Achievement Awards held at the 2012 D.I.C.E. Summit, and at the 2011 Video Game Awards. Internationally, Skyrim shipped over 10 million units within the first month of its release, was the second highest grossing title in the industry last year, and is the fastest selling title in Steam's history.

The Elder Scrolls Online will be featured on magazine covers across Europe and in online stories in the coming months which will provide gamers with more information about this exciting title.

The Elder Scrolls Online has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

Absolutely no comment. We all knew this day was going to come.

Allow me to vomit in every possible direction.



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Shurj May 04 2012, 01:18 am EDT
Hopefully they will not ignore the single player aspect of Elder Scrolls series and not decide to continue the series purely in the MMO environment like what Blizzard did with Warcraft universe. (Really really hoping)
Duffey May 04 2012, 01:31 am EDT
Skyrim with a online component ? sounds goods. Cant think of a better way to improve the experence than blasting a friend off a cliff
Marku5K May 04 2012, 01:34 am EDT
fuck yeah!
  Vader: Fuck yeah?
Marku5K: *sarcastic* Fuck yeah!
Reikhardt May 04 2012, 02:12 am EDT
Fuck no.

The TES world is a wonderful place, a great SP environment. The world doesn't need more MMO's and I just hope that this wont be the end of the SP series.
Ftmch May 04 2012, 03:12 am EDT
Why not a co-op Elder Scrolls instead? Being able to play skyrim with a couple of friends would have been bloody lovely , and MMO will most likely NOT be bloody lovely at all, at least not in my opinion, I guess it all depends on what you like, but for me, what made Skyrim so great was all the atmosphere, that it felt like a living world (at least compared to oblivion and every single bloody MMO out there).

If they go the same way as KOTOR did and don't continue the great TES SP-experiences I'll hate them a bit. Greedy bastards. And here I was thinking the MMO genre was dying.

Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. I hope Skyrim gets a couple of proper, large Shivering Isles-sized expansions before the end.
  Moesha: I could go for a co-op mode. That would be fun.
RenegadeCZ May 04 2012, 04:26 am EDT
This is not a bad thing, we'll see how it pans out. Also, the main team that worked on Skyrim is probably not working on this, as they're not being led by Howard, so he and his guys will work on Skyrim, or TES VI.

But... 'The Elder Scrolls Online is being developed for PC and Mac under the leadership of industry veteran Matt Firor, who has spent the last two decades working in online game development.'

We don't want no fucking veteran! We want fresh ideas, and more of a multiplayer TES, not some WoW clone, we've had enough of those. And, proven by TOR, no matter how good the game is, it is not going to beat WoW, so it's pointless to try.
Copperr May 04 2012, 05:28 am EDT
WTB Epic Arrow Knee-Protector.
LFG Mzinchaleft Nightmare Mode
FUS-RO-DAH is recruiting

I can't wait !
  Un Om Bun: Oh God...
Cheddar May 04 2012, 05:52 am EDT
Considering Bethesda Game Studios has never been much for crafting the more traditionally important aspects of single-player RPG experiences (i.e. storytelling/narrative), an MMORPG seems like a perfectly natural progression for them. Frankly, I'm surprised this hasn't happened sooner.
Doomsday. May 04 2012, 06:46 am EDT
BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

Lets fuck everyone Online!! ROFL!!
Vader [STAFF] May 04 2012, 08:02 am EDT
Oh come, come, come...
Duffey May 04 2012, 08:18 am EDT
its like a million voices all cried out at once(for this not to be made) and then were silenced
Lazaroth May 04 2012, 08:31 am EDT
Everyone take notes. This is how you run an IP into the ground, force its pants off and butt fuck it.
  Duffey: pun on using the force not intended
Lazaroth: It might. You know you'll get a sore ass after watchi…
im_stardust May 04 2012, 10:43 am EDT
They need an entirely new team to pull this one out.
Nameinuse May 04 2012, 12:33 pm EDT
I saw this on a thread at neogaf:

"-Third person perspective
-The game uses a hotbar to activate skills like other traditional MMOs
-Visually it looks like other Hero Engine MMOs like SWTOR"

What? That's not Elder Scrolls. That's a WoW clone. Is this some sort of joke?

Thread: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=​472749
Breedy_Mcfluff May 04 2012, 02:01 pm EDT
The path they have taken, backwards into a dark cave marked with the urine of dozens of other men, when they had a beautiful mountain range just in front of them, leads to the dark side.

Fus Ro DURRRRRRRRRRRRR. A first impression has never had my hopes plummet so fast into the ground. I'll still keep an eye on it, but one of fear and disgust.
archangel5 May 04 2012, 02:25 pm EDT
I just died a little bit when I read this.
RenegadeCZ May 04 2012, 02:54 pm EDT
Yeah, some info I just read crushed all my hopes in this game.

Fuck you WoW, and all your clones!
Terminator May 04 2012, 03:33 pm EDT
NOOOOOO! The Elder Scrolls is going the WoW route too. I'm so sick right now, I could throw up on the keyboard!
run_like_snot May 04 2012, 06:46 pm EDT
Hehehehehehehe. Heh. This is so gonna suck.
Anyway, the worst thing will not be this game, but that Bethesda might just spend the next 10 years cashing in on this cow, and not develop anything else. When TES VI eventually comes out (and it will), it will be so crappy and formatted on the hugely successful online experience, it will suck too. There'll be sucking all around!
  Un Om Bun: sad but true
Un Om Bun [STAFF] May 05 2012, 12:35 am EDT
I saw the screenshot they released and it's fucking generic. SWTOR + Scrolls basically.
Shurj May 05 2012, 03:03 am EDT
un om bun's mention of a screenshot prompted me to find it and man was that disappointing?

If they had gone with Skyrim's Engine, First person perspective and gameplay mechanics; only the world being filled with real players (also the option of starting your own store later on with an NPC assistant), it would have been interesting to look into. The way they have designed it instead (a WOW, SWTOR clone) is just uninspiring for existent Elder Scrolls fans.

And the excuse they gave was the lamest one, "We wanted to make the crowd switching from other MMOs feel more comfortable and at home." What?! That was the last thing I expected to hear from Bethesda. They like pioneered the large expanse First person RPGs. Since when did they become a follower?
Nameinuse May 05 2012, 06:45 am EDT
The post I read mentioned Zenimax, but not Bethesda. I'm guessing Betheda's parent company wants to do this bullshit, and they want Bethesda to keep making SP Elder Scrolls games.
Cheddar May 05 2012, 08:30 am EDT
Yeah, he's right. ZeniMax Online Studios isn't the same as Bethesda Game Studios, the people who make the real TES games. I don't know how I didn't notice that before, its right there at the beginning of the press release.

ZeniMax Online Studios was created specifically for MMOGs and has nothing to do with the team that has created Skyrim, Oblivion, etc. They also have no history of releases to their name to give anyone objective confidence in their abilities.

I'm thinking this TES MMORPG is going to be a complete failure for Bethesda Softworks. It's a market already dominated by two other mega-iconic MMORPGs. It was risky enough for Old Republic to try to establish itself with the WoW elephant in the room, and that was with the benefit of an IP even more famous than TES and a studio with better talent than whatever scrubs are at ZeniMax Online Studios. Throw in MMOGs with orbiting established niches like Guild Wars, and I just don't see how there's any room for a TES MMOG to be anywhere near as successful as Bethesda Softworks/Zenimax wants it to be.
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