It’s been rumored for many years, and now it’s finally happening: The venerable role-playing game series The Elder Scrolls (which has produced hits over the years like Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim) will go online with a massively multi-player online game (MMO) called The Elder Scrolls Online. The game is set for an unspecified 2013 release date on PC and Mac.
The publisher followed up with the first trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online, along with a handful of details about the gameplay and the setting.
The Elder Scrolls games have been standard setters for open-ended, single-player role-playing since the series debuted on the PC in 1994. Each title in the main series of games has been more popular than the last, culminating last year in the release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which has shipped more than 10 million copies to date.
Despite its single-player pedigree, the franchise is the perfect match for the MMO genre because of its heavy time investment and open-ended gameplay, which emphasizes exploration. The 800-pound gorilla in the MMO genre is Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, which has 10 million paying subscribers.
The most notable current rival to World of Warcraft is Star Wars: The Old Republic, from the company responsible for the Mass Effect video game franchise, but The Elder Scrolls Online could pose a threat — especially given that like WoW, it will also be available on the Mac.
Note that The Elder Scrolls Online is in development by a different studio than that which made Skyrim and Oblivion. The development is led by former Dark Age of Camelot designer Matt Firor. Few details been revealed, but a teaser trailer is expected to hit the web tomorrow.
Since it’s a PC and Mac game, you can expect it to be available as a digital download on day one.
Source: Game Informer