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Elder Scrolls MMO preference over Skyrim DLC fears

While the majority of console Skyrim players are waiting for Bethesda to finally announce their DLC plans for the game, a huge new rumor is doing the rounds. One of the reasons why Bethesda may be taking their time on DLC, is that they could be secretly working on an Elder Scrolls MMO project.

You may be thinking, where an earth has this come from? But actually, this little gem of a rumor appears to have been the subject of Chinese whispers since the days of Morrowind.

A new report has got everyone talking over the last 24 hours though, as an article published by Tom’s Guide claims that an Elder Scrolls MMO is indeed a reality, and that Bethesda will be unveiling it officially at E3 2012 and Quakecon this year. Details are minimum at the moment as you can imagine, but they have revealed that the alleged MMO will take place ‘a millenium’ before the events of Skyrim and hundreds of years before any Elder Scrolls game that has released.

There is even some initial details on potential classes, as an ‘anonymous industry source’ has told Tom’s Guide that the game will feature three playable factions, with the logos of each faction meant to represent a dragon, lion and a bird of prey – interesting.

It goes without saying that if done right, this game has the potential to be the mother of all MMO games – aka Skyrim on steroids. Many Skyrim players have been crying out for some sort of multiplayer mode to be added to the game, but a full blown MMO with never ending progression whilst sticking to the same core gameplay and combat mechanics – you can essentially kiss goodbye to whatever social life you have if this game comes out.

Obviously there are barriers to overcome with an Elder Scrolls MMO – most notably the subscription platform that Bethesda will have to implement. What would be a fair price for an online Elder Scrolls experience with other players? A lot of players would pay a handsome sum for this functionality, so Bethesda must be licking their lips at the prospect of being able to monetize the game at last.

Holding up DLC? What are your initial thoughts of an Elder Scrolls MMO? Could this be the reason why DLC has taken so long to come out for Skyrim? Bethesda recently gave everyone a great preview of some of the content that could be coming, but more support really needs to come now on console, especially since PC players are in dream world at the moment with the creation kit. We’ll be going into greater detail on the possibility of an Elder Scrolls MMO soon, but in the meantime we just hope that this bombshell is confirmed in May first.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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kenkeneknk
kenkeneknk

i think just a two man coop would be cool, something like dead island style gameplay but nothing too big

kenkeneknk
kenkeneknk

i think just a two man coop would be cool, something like dead island style gameplay but nothing too big

Paul
Paul

Christ, I really hope that Bethesda doesn’t turn TES into some gay, overrated, pointless series like COD. It’s fine the way it is. Gimme some DLC, couple more patches and I’m happy. Screw ‘Massive Multiplayer Online’ games.

ralf
ralf

An mom would ruin elder scrolls completely. The beauty of sky rim is that what you do has an impact. However, if it was an mmo you wouldn’t be able to just go around killing everyone because you have to share the game with potentially millions of other people.

Soul_up
Soul_up

To me I think it would be cool if they designed a Elder Scrolls mmo. It would be interesting to play in a world 1000 years before Skyrim.

Fred_rob_92
Fred_rob_92

How can you hate on the idea of being able to play elder scrolls with other people? You have morrowind, oblivion, and skyrim that are single player rpg’s be happy with those. This is a new idea from bethesda and a good one. If you don’t like the idea then you don’t have to buy the game.

Andez13
Andez13

2-6 player would be fun but the way I see it is everyone wants them to focus on the single player so why dont they do that first then focus on the multiplayerr later
 

Derek
Derek

It’s painful reading these comments.  I mean seriously, did you read the article?  This is speculation on the release of an mmo, not the creation of one.  If bethesda has any delay due to a project, it’s going to be because fallout 4.  That said, who the hell cares if they release an mmo?  It won’t be affecting the creation of any single player rpgs in the future, unless they completely drop the elder scrolls, which is also highly unlikely based on their sales with skyrim.  So, what I’m saying is, how is releasing the mmo that is already developed… Read more »

KD

Let’s just hope it won’t end up as the next TORtanic.

Briggs034
Briggs034

an mmo will be a step backward. The elder scrolls gives you the chance to be whoever you want in another world. The ability to choose who you are, what you do, replies, apparel, weapons……. all that choice becomes superfluous when you realise that all you are doing in that gigantic world doesn’t change anything. In an mmo you can save the universe twice over, do everything there is to do, complete the whole thing….. then you realise that in fact the universe is still in peril from the bad guy you already defeated twice, someone else also has the same… Read more »

Maclane0911
Maclane0911

No MMO’s, The Elder Scrolls has been it’s own single player world forever.  If it goes MMO it breaks that legacy.  They just cant do it.  The people that want multiplayer, I’ve acknowledged that they are newbies that came from MW2-3 and played Skyrim, and talk about multiplayer.  No….I Like them buying and supporting the franchise but to come in and change it.  It’s like the story of skyrim itself, the Nords ways are being changed haha. So No, don’t do it Bethesda, people will ruin it…..

eric
eric

i agree that a mmo would be annoying, people of a higher level would gang up on lower levels and people would just get pissed and rage quit like its gears. i do agree that there should be a type of muliplayer where people could create private servers that they could invite their friends to.

Blutoblutarsky83
Blutoblutarsky83

Trash – unless a game has couch co op as well then I am of the firm opinion that that game should be banned by law in the US.

Rjleppert
Rjleppert

well maybe instead of a full blown mmo, a dlc or something can be made to where 4 friends can get together like through xbox live, kill monsters, dragons, complete missions, whatever. also like the more friends, the bigger, harder, and more enemies there are. like a progression.

Pigwe
Pigwe

No MMO, thanks!

Andre
Andre

I think an Elder scrolls mmo would be genious i think all the people saying no to it are just noobs they no nothing about elder scrolls and all of the lore behind it and i think a good way to experiance alot of it with a good mmo instead of having to make new games. because at that rate we would never be able to play threw out all the places of nirn. morrowing cyridil and skyrim have been the only ones played so far leaving left summerset isle , Black marsh, Elswyer , valenwood , hammerfell, and highrock,… Read more »

Dr Dakotacrowson
Dr Dakotacrowson

I personally think it would be fun, BUT they would have to do something to where veterans wouldn’t go murk a lvl. 4 or something like that. Perhaps a lvl 1-10 world, a lvl 11-20 world, a lvl 21-35 world, and a 36+ world. Also maybe new quests involving more than one person. I think it has potential if they go with it, but honestly i would prefer just a DLC, Thats the way Elder Scrolls is meant to be. 

Sam
Sam

I hate WoW and I generally hate MMO’s its a shame if Bethesda really get on that wagon. That franchise should never be use for that.

Penod
Penod

I don’t want to see it go MMO because I do not want to pay to keep enjoying Skyrim and I couldnt see it working as one, just based on how WoW and SWTOR play. If there was a multiplayer with like a max of maybe 12 people it would be super cool though. I also don’t want it to go MMO because I just got Star Wars the Old Republic and I dont wanna do 2 at a time!

Charles
Charles

DLC being halted because of MMO?… not likely.  They have already said the DLC will have ” a lot of meat on them” plus they are still patching the game and even adding new features in the patches, so it isn’t surprising the DLC is taking a while. 

Anon1337
Anon1337

At DICE earlier this year, i remember hearing something during Todd Howard’s speech about how there was a group that was part of ZeniMax working on an online project that hadn’t been announced. I also remember that they started working on said project in 2004. I would assume with an Elder Scrolls MMO, that 8 years would be a very understandable development cycle. With that said, I’m betting that the project which is delaying Skyrim DLC is actually Fallout 4.

Durr
Durr

interesting… honestly it sounds fake… but who knows?
I think it’s more likely they mixed up plans with a fallout MMO(which is more likely to go MMO) with some Skyrim DLC plans and got seriously confused…
guess we’ll see soon.

Dalacore
Dalacore

Personaly it depends on how they make it into a MMO if its just you and a hand full of your friends its kool. But if it is masive then probibly will go down the drain to many people trying to kill you all the time. That is no fun that just pisses you off.

Billw001
Billw001

If it goes MMO, they need to have it so you can solo everything like you do in the current game.

Blakeelvandar
Blakeelvandar

They can’t be serious! MMO would ruin everything I love about The Elder Scrolls. They are my favorite games of all time. If it was to happen they can say goodbye to my support for good.

Demo
Demo

While I am a huge MMO fan, I dont want this to happen. We have plenty of decent ones already out and some on their way in a few months, theres no reason for Edler Scrolls to go this route. 

Sirriddler
Sirriddler

Say no to MMO!

Scala
Scala

GW2 ‘nough said

Grimstone
Grimstone

Sad news indeed.  🙁

Cooldude65
Cooldude65

really nobody here sees the potential it is groundbreaking a company can only go forward and if it is truely that bas then you can just not buy and wait to play on your own again 🙂

Cloudstr1fe
Cloudstr1fe

I for one cannot stand MMO’s, I love Elder Scrolls and other rpgs as single player and I feel games that focus too much with online tend to take the magic out of a game

Pastorross82
Pastorross82

Tim Howard said in an interview that “they” (TES design team are not fans of MMO). if they do this they are simply sellouts and no better than the folks over at EA who charge people to play Mass Effect 3 online.

Jerry
Jerry

Agreed. Not an MMO fan.

Arde
Arde

well, it’s about time I’ve got closure with the elder scrolls. If it goes MMO I go the other way.

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