Elder Scrolls Online finally announced

After years of rumour, denials, more rumours and more denials, an Elder Scrolls MMO has finally been confirmed.

The first details on Bethesda’s entry into the online games space will be in the June issue of Game Informer, and will reportedly cover the entire continent of Tamriel, including Skyrim, Morrowind and Oblivion’s Cyrodil.

Arriving in 2013, The Elder Scrolls Online is being developed by Zenimax Online Studios and will continue the series’ focus on exploration. There will also be player vs player combat, in which users align themselves with one of three factions.

It will be set 1,000 years before the events of last year’s Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, telling the tale of daedric prince Molag Bal as he tries to pull Tamriel into his demonic realm.

"It will be extremely rewarding finally to unveil what we have been developing the last several years," said Elder Scrolls Online director Matt Firor.

"The entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made – and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise."

An Elder Scrolls MMO has been rumoured for years, with Bethesda registering the domain name elderscrollsonline.com as far back as 2007.

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