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Elder Scrolls Online Announcement Trailer, Leaked Screens

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Bethesda has released the official teaser trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online. Meanwhile, a batch of screens and artwork have supposedly been leaked.

Following the announcement of The Elder Scrolls Online on Thursday, which loyal Tom's readers have known about since March, Bethesda has released an announcement trailer as promised. As expected, the clip reveals absolutely nothing, but it does point to a new Elder Scrolls Online website which right now is only playing host to the new teaser.

Meanwhile, All Games Beta is displaying artwork and in-game screens which the site claims is from The Elder Scrolls Online. This is the same site that posted leaked screen of Doom 4, and currently there are also a handful of screens from EA's upcoming Crysis 3. That said, the Elder Scrolls screens are probably legit, and Bethesda isn't owning up to the post.

A post on NeoGAF also features a list of details that were supposedly pulled from the Game Informer article. The details claim the game will be played in 3rd-person and offer a hotbar to activate skills just like any other MMO. The game also uses "MMORPG genre standards such as classes, experience points, and other traditional MMORPG progression mechanics, but they try to present it around the core fantasy presented by traditional Elder Scrolls games such as traveling around and righting wrongs or seeking riches."

As reported on Thursday, The Elder Scrolls Online is scheduled to arrive on the PC and Mac sometime in 2013. In a first for the franchise, gamers will wander across the entire land of Tamriel a thousand years before the events of Skyrim with other playersin a MMORPG setting. It will be a time of adventure, excitement, and certain doom as the daedric prince Molag Bal tries to pull all of Tamriel into his demonic realm.

"We have been working hard to create an online world in which players will be able to experience the epic Elder Scrolls universe with their friends, something fans have long said they wanted," director Matt Firor said in a press release on Thursday. "It will be extremely rewarding finally to unveil what we have been developing the last several years. The entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made – and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise."

Game Informer will cover details ranging from solo questing to exploring in public dungeons. Also covered will be 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." The June issue is slated to arrive later this month.

The Elder Scrolls Online Launch Trailer


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    jkflipflop98 , May 5, 2012 10:05 AM
    This is a terrible idea. Skyrim with a friend or two would be awesome. What we don't need is yet another tired EQ clone.
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    blackmancer , May 5, 2012 8:31 AM
    why did they even bother with this vid..... pointless
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    cuecuemore , May 5, 2012 7:34 AM
    Well that was sure a waste spending the extra twelve seconds to let it load in 1080p.
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    derekullo , May 5, 2012 7:13 AM
    Would be funny if going vampire was the mechanic for global pvp.
  • 11 Hide
    cuecuemore , May 5, 2012 7:34 AM
    Well that was sure a waste spending the extra twelve seconds to let it load in 1080p.
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    tindahbawx , May 5, 2012 7:59 AM
    Based on the SW:TOR engine?

    Well thats as good as dead already. GOGO Generic MMO 2012!
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    mouse24 , May 5, 2012 8:09 AM
    Voice actor sounded like Dumbledore.
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    blackmancer , May 5, 2012 8:31 AM
    why did they even bother with this vid..... pointless
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    esrever , May 5, 2012 8:34 AM
    And I jizzed in my pants.
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    jkflipflop98 , May 5, 2012 10:05 AM
    This is a terrible idea. Skyrim with a friend or two would be awesome. What we don't need is yet another tired EQ clone.
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    Zuesacoatl , May 5, 2012 10:07 AM
    johnmonWe need this shit on Xbox and PS3. Don't see what the damn problem is.


    I LAWLd pretty hard
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    icemunk , May 5, 2012 12:24 PM
    Looks like the rest, though I won't judge the book by its cover.. maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised
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    salgado18 , May 5, 2012 2:23 PM
    "We have been working hard to create an online world in which players will be able to experience the epic Elder Scrolls universe with their friends, something fans have long said they wanted,"

    I think fans have long said they wanted was to experience the epic Elder Scrolls universe with their friends, which, in my dictionary, means multiplayer, not MMO. I only hope it makes things instanced to parties, like Guild Wars.

    Oh, and that they don't charge $15 a month to play. That is sooo last decade.
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    atmos929 , May 5, 2012 4:05 PM
    johnmonWe need this shit on Xbox and PS3. Don't see what the damn problem is.

    Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids... xD
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    egilbe , May 5, 2012 4:10 PM
    didn't Everquest do this 15 years ago? :) 
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    FenrirXIII , May 5, 2012 5:07 PM
    As the great duke would say...Make a mess like the best, die like the rest...
    Hot bar with macros to activate abilities used constantly instead of past mechanics: check
    Quests where you right wrongs, straight up greed ancient item hunting, long dungeons: check
    Re-skinned EQ with WOW plugins/updates - remains to be seen, but (most likely: check)
    Destined to flare to 1m subscribers then slowly parachute down to 200k in 6 months to a year, all the while eventually turning into FTP model because the corporate big wigs have to salvage some sort of money out of the game?: also remains to be seen, but more than likely. I will stand behind the next MMO that boldly challenges all concepts related to WOW and EQ and isn't some small indie project. I want a AAA MMO, and I want it to not be a cookie cutter. Come on corporates...get with the program. Or go die you old bags so the young guys can make the companies do what the younger crowds really want.

    tl:D r don't get your hopes up, you'll think you can play it like oblivion or skyrim but in co-op mode, but really you'll be playing an EQ/WOW formula and the gameplay/mechanics won't feel like a TES game, thus destroying whatever lore + immersion combo the single player TES games have always given us. They will never capture the single player experience in an MMO if they are already announcing the mindset of 'it will feature all the genre standards and progression mechanics'. That really translates to: cookie-cutter, we aren't going to try to do our own thing even though every company before us has done the same and failed to be the next blockbuster MMO'
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    sp0nger , May 5, 2012 6:42 PM
    i wont be picking this up,

    SWOTOR couldnt even topple WOW (even tho its doing well) and it was designed as an MMO

    Elder scrolls is a RPG single player experiance being translated into an MMO

    It stands no chance
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    sixpac502 , May 5, 2012 7:48 PM
    I wonder how long its going to take the Chinese and Koreans to take over the game economy and ruin it for everybody just like all the other MMO games.
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    korinu , May 5, 2012 8:38 PM
    I've always wanted TES games to be co-op but not an MMO. It'll just destroy the feel of the game.
    Well Bethesda... you fucked up Oblivion and Skyrim by mainstreaming the TES RPG legacy... cant wait for a whole new disappointment that ruins the games i loved as a kid.
    GIVE ME BACK SPEARS AND MEDIUM ARMOR!!
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    whimseh , May 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    Make an MMO: The best way to get out of making original standalone games.
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    banaanc , May 6, 2012 12:10 AM
    from Skyrim(post Oblivion crisis) lore they could make good old wow clone with 2 or 2+1 nations and whatnot, but it wont be TES, you cant have TES game with some broken mechanics/bugs/etc like 100% reflect damage, sick gear enchantments, possibility to finish game in about 5 minutes and other stuff that creates godmode later in the game :D 

    they could make a good mmorpg(if they dont follow old tab targeting with skill = how many buttons you have on mouse and how many keybinds you can hit with your face) but i doubt they can make real TES mmorpg, it would be just better if they made tes VI thats not dumbed down for console crowd
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    guardianangel42 , May 6, 2012 1:51 AM
    Sounds pretty terrible actually. Don't personally play MMO's because the art styles, game mechanics, and and almost total lack of story have always been turn off. Why Bethesda would copy SW:TOR, which copied WoW, which copied EQ on all three fronts is beyond me.

    Maybe there's technical challenges but so, so many of these MMO's are devoid of any sort of originality that it's just easy as pie to ignore the entire genre.
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