Long rumored and much anticipated, The Elder Scrolls Online is finally being unveiled in the June issue of Game Informer. In this month's cover story we journey across the entire land of Tamriel, from Elsweyr to Skyrim and everywhere in between.
Developed by the team at Zenimax Online Studios, The Elder Scrolls Online merges the unmatched exploration of rich worlds that the franchise is known for with the scale and social aspects of a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Players will discover an entirely new chapter of Elder Scrolls history in this ambitious world, set a millennium before the events of Skyrim as the daedric prince Molag Bal tries to pull all of Tamriel into his demonic realm.
"It will be extremely rewarding finally to unveil what we have been developing the last several years," said game director and MMO veteran Matt Firor, whose previous work includes Mythic's well-received Dark Age of Camelot. "The entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made – and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise."
An in-depth look at everything from solo questing to public dungeons awaits in our enormous June cover story – as well as a peek at the player-driven PvP conflict that pits the three player factions against each other in open-world warfare over the province of Cyrodiil and the Emperor's throne itself.
Come back tomorrow morning for a brief teaser trailer from Zenimax Online and Bethesda Softworks, and later on in the afternoon for the first screenshot of the game. Over the course of the month, be sure to visit our Elder Scrolls Online hub , which will feature new exclusive content multiple times each week. You'll meet the three player factions, see video interviews with the creative leads, and much more.
The Elder Scrolls Online is scheduled to come out in 2013 for both PC and Macintosh.
Click the images below for the full-size renderings of the cover, and continue on to find out what other surprises are in the issue and when it will arrive:
In addition to the world exclusive first look at The Elder Scrolls Online, the June issue of Game Informer brings you the first hands-on report on The Amazing Spider-Man from Activision and Beenox as well as new details on Lego Batman 2, Resident Evil 6, and Devil May Cry.
Furthermore, Matthew Kato explores the role of the Entertainment Software Association plays in the video game industry, Matt Miller discusses the rise of new business models in gaming, and Joe Juba chronicles the new form that the once-thought-dead adventure genre has evolved into.
Look for the June issue to hit mailboxes and newsstands over the coming week or so, or click here to subscribe or convert your existing physical subscription and get access to the digital edition when it goes live on May 8th.
THAT. IS. MAGNIFICENT.
by dustbusta Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Despite almost certainly not being able ot play this game, I'm very interested to read up on it.
by chookalana Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Great. Will it ship broken?
by Craigaleg Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:03 AM
The real question...are the dragons eating each other, or throwing each other up? 0_o
by fourteetwo Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:03 AM
That is one of the most boring covers I've seen GI do in recent memory.
by CommanderShishKebab Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:04 AM
eh congrats to people who play mmo's
by DemonGoat Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:04 AM
THIS WILL BE THE FIRST MMO I PLAY.
by SamuraiZero Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Very interesting. Can't wait to read the pieces on this later in the month.
by TheBioLover Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:04 AM
What else has Zenimax Online developed? I would much rather have seen Bethesda as the dev.
by doomsday1155 Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Oh man, I want this so bad, but it's impossible for me to get a gaming-worthy PC.
by CommanderShishKebab Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:06 AM
first time i've been more excited about what else is in the issue more than the cover story
by Lafo Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Clarification: I am most disappointed that this may affect the development of Elder Scrolls VI. Will there be any more single player entries in the series? Can we get a confirmation on that? I don't mind multiplayer at all, but I don't like MMO's. I've tried them many times and simply do not like them. The depth, detail, and exploration potential of the ES world would be severely limited in an MMO space. But that's just my opinion and they didn't ask for my thoughts haha.
by GL4DOS Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:11 AM
I realize that this is a big announcement for some fans, but I don't care about this in the slightest. I was hoping for a far better cover than this(God of War: Ascension for example). TES was always meant for a single player experience, Fallout would have been a better universe for this game.
by new traditionalist Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:11 AM
awesome. it's about time they did this. elder scrools has been one of those games perferct for multiplayer gaming, but until now never used it.
by Scio Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Please include a Mac release for the love of God!