Game Informer magazine, the industry’s favourite stage for unveiling long-rumoured games, is at it again with the worldwide reveal of the next big thing in MMORPGs. The June cover reveal of the magazine officially makes The Elder Scrolls Online a thing, and it sounds like there’s an emphasis on the “massively” part in MMO.
The game has been in production since 2007 by Zenimax Online Studios, and will be barrelling its way onto PCs and Macs in 2013. The game is being directed by Matt Firor, who previously worked on Dark Ages of Camelot with Mythic. According to Firor, “The entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made – and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise.”
The game is set 1, 000 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The entire world of Tamriel will be open to explore: Black Marsh, Morrowind, Elsweyr, Cyrodiil, Skyrim and more. In other words: holy shit.
At present, not much else is revealed by Game Informer’s website, but a poster over on NeoGAF has dumped a ton of information that is presumably from the magazine. Take with a pinch of salt, but that info includes things like:
The game will be fully voiced
You play from a third-person perspective
There will be hotbars to activate skills – most MMO players will be down with this
The game is using the Hero Engine, which is the engine used for SWTOR
There are three player factions to choose from: the Ebonheart Pact (Argonians, Dunmer, Nords); the Aldmeri Dominion (Altmer, Bosmer, Khajiit); and the Daggerfall Covenant (Bretons, Orcs and Redguard)
There will be no player houses, but you will have a mount (non-flying mounts only)
There will be loads of cities and towns to visit
The game is trying to keep TheElder Scrolls fantasy of “everything you see can be explored”
There’s more than this revealed on NeoGAF so head over there if you want some more details to soak up. Game Informer has teased a debut trailer and screenshots for later today, so we’ll update this as soon as those are out.