The Elder Scrolls Online is officially a go, Bethesda confirmed this morning, and some of us are eating our words. Previously, rumors hinted at a major TES Online reveal in May, and though dismissed as just a rumor, Beth pulled through.
No date beyond 2013 was given, but we do know Elder Scrolls Online is being developed by ZeniMax Online, and the devs were sworn to secrecy for some time before today's announcement. Now that's how you run a leak-proof operation.
The TES MMO is set about a thousand years prior to the events of TES V: Skyrim and splits the player population into three factions (Something to do with a bird, a lion, and a dragon?), at least for PvP purposes. At this point in time, the Daedric Prince Molag Bal, father of all vampires -- and probably the cruelest of the Princes -- is waging war on all of Tamriel.
Other details will follow in Game Informers' upcoming June issue (of course), and expect to see the first TES Online assets some time tomorrow.
Game director Matt Firor, who previously worked on Mythic's Age of Camelot, expressed his sentiments:
“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. 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.”