Earlier this year, Bethesda revealed that it was making an MMO based on its popular Elder Scrolls franchise. The Elder Scrolls Online is the latest MMO based on a popular franchise to have a go at the subscription-based MMO model that has failed so many popular properties before. Will it succeed where others, like Star Wars: The Old Republic, have failed? We’ll find out in April.
Bethesda Softworks announced today that The Elder Scrolls Online is set to hit the PC on April 4. It will be the first game, aside from Elder Scrolls Arena, to allow players the freedom to explore the entire land of Tamriel from The Elder Scrolls franchise. It promises a single-player experience on par with what you would expect from a mainline Elder Scrolls title alongside MMO elements that has players fighting to gain control of the empire.
Of course, PC players won’t be the only ones exploring the lands of Tamriel. The Elder Scrolls Online is also set to launch in June on both the PS4 and Xbox One. These versions of the game will be mostly identical to the PC version, but one can assume that there will be control tweaks to adapt what is a largely PC-centric genre to consoles.
Here’s a trailer showcasing some of the MMO style gameplay that players can expect to see:
If The Elder Scrolls Online proves to be successful, we could see Bethesda bring other properties to the MMO space. A few years ago, the publisher was able to snag the rights to the troubled Fallout MMO back from Interplay. That may be a possibility, but most fans would probably prefer Fallout 4 over anything else at this point.[Image: Bethesda Softworks/YouTube]