The Elder Scrolls Online Website is now accepting applications to beta test Bethesda's upcoming MMO installment in their RPG series. This announcement has details along with this cinematic trailer, saying: "Please be aware that this is just beta sign-ups. Once our first beta test begins, we’ll make sure everyone knows—watch our official website, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter for an announcement about the first round of invites." Here's the official announcement:
Bethesda Softworks® and ZeniMax® Online Studios today announced that beta signups are now open for The Elder Scrolls® Online at ElderScrollsOnline.com. Interested gamers simply have to go to the website and register for a chance to play. Selected beta registrants will be granted early access to beta test the game. They will be among the first to experience this epic world with others in one of 2013’s most highly-anticipated releases. Timing and details of the start of playtests will be provided at a later date to those who register.
“We’re really excited to get the game into players’ hands,” said Matt Firor, game director of The Elder Scrolls Online. “We receive invaluable feedback through the beta process, and that helps us ensure that the game will be one of the best online gaming experiences ever offered -- one worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise.”
The Elder Scrolls Online brings the award-winning Elder Scrolls experience online for the first time. Using ZeniMax Online’s Megaserver technology, players will join one connected world with a built in social network that lets them stay up-to-date with everything their friends are doing. Megaserver technology avoids the hassle of shard selection and makes The Elder Scrolls Online one of the most socially enabled games ever created. Whether playing alone, or with hundreds of friends, players can develop their own style of play as they embark upon an epic quest across Tamriel.
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HorrorScope wrote on Jan 23, 2013, 18:42: I think the little they have shown it looks great, very much like what you would think a coop Skyrim would look like. Too me it is different then std mmo fare, a little bit surprised by those thinking it's the same ole same ole.
Aside from a big elder scrolls world, I haven't seen them show anything original or exciting. It was a rough dev cut but the combat looked very typical MMO. I like Elder Scrolls but I won't be buying it to do generic quests with a friend, the industry has been there, done that so many times. Co-op Skyrim sounds really boring to me, I'd much more interested in hearing about player driven factions and things with real promise. Just doing your average Elder Scrolls dungeon with a buddy is going to stay fresh for about 2 days.
I hate to be cynical but the MMO industry rarely warrants optimism. If they bring something new to the table then I will check it out and give it a chance though.