The Elder Scrolls franchise, lauded for its expansive single-player campaigns and rich fantasy worlds, will jump into online gaming in 2013.
According to a sneak preview in Game Informer magazine, Bethesda Softworks says The Elder Scrolls Online will be as immersive as its single-player predecessors in a massively muliplayer online (MMO) environment. It will be replete with factions, player-vs-player conflict and open-world warfare.
The story is set a millennium before the events of Skyrim (the latest installment in the series), and the project’s director, veteran Matt Firor, tells Game Informer that his team is “committed to creating the best MMO ever made — and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise.”
Little more has been revealed about the upcoming title, and developer Bethesda Softworks is keeping things fairly hush-hush for now.
The news marks a significant shift for Bethesda, which until now has focused on creating deep single-player experiences, both in The Elder Scrolls and its Fallout franchises. While MMOs offer a rich social layer, storyline complexity can suffer when thousands of players affect a game world.
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