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Rumours of the development of an Elder Scrolls MMORPG have been circulating for years, but new evidence suggests that it could well be a reality. An “industry source” stated that Bethesda’s latest project will be officially announced in May 2012.

The source spoke to Tom’s Guide, revealing that the MMO, titled Elder Scrolls Online, will be set 1000 years before Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Furthermore, the game will feature three factions represented by a lion, a dragon and a bird of prey. It can be assumed that players will be limited to one faction, and that the factions will fight each other in some form of player vs. player combat.

While we love the Elder Scrolls universe, we’re not sure how it will translate to an MMO environment. Will the developers follow the route of a traditional MMO, such as Everquest and World of Warcraft, or will we see something new and innovative? Bethesda must be well aware of the high regard that the world of Tamriel is held in, and they will also know that most MMOs fail. An MMO with the Elder Scrolls name attached to it puts the whole franchise at risk if it fails – a huge investment is required to make this kind of game.

At this stage, however, it’s still a rumour. Bethesda refused to comment when asked for confirmation. We’ll have to wait a couple of months to see if Elder Scrolls Online is indeed Skyrim‘s successor.

What do you think? Is there truth in this rumour? Is it a good idea for Bethesda to reach out to the MMO market?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Rex/100003224841100 Anthony Rex

    Hmm. I always felt like the game would make a great MMO, but I am perfectly satisfied with it being strictly on console and PC. Depending on any possible price point to play the rumored game, I would be interested. Lord knows I start enough new characters anyway, haha.

  • Joseph

       I do not believe this is true, as right now they should be working on the DLC for Skyrim. After all, they said the DLC would be very big, simlar to those  expansion packs for older PC games. Therefor, it makes more sense that they would be working on that instead of some MMO.
       I want the Elder Scrolls series to remain a single player series. The idea of having it as an MMO is incomprehensible.

  • Mr. Butt

    If this is true, there goes any life I may have had previously.

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