Bethesda planning Elder Scrolls MMO announcement in May

Bethesda is rumoured to be working on a massively multiplayer online (MMO) version of its popular Elder Scrolls role-playing games, with a formal announcement expected in May.

Bethesda is rumoured to be working on a massively multiplayer online (MMO) version of its popular Elder Scrolls role-playing games, with a formal announcement expected in May.

 
According to an anonymous industry source cited by Tom's Guide, Bethesda and ZeniMax Online Studios have teamed up for Elder Scrolls Online, a title that has been speculated about for years, following the success of the latest game in the series, Skyrim.
 
The source claims that the game will be set in the world's “Second Era,” hundreds of years before the time period of the existing Elder Scrolls franchise.
 
 Bethesda planning Elder Scrolls MMO announcement in May
 
Gameplay will involve three playable factions related to three different animals: a lion, dragon, and bird of prey. Whether or not these are merely emblems or possible pet creatures is not yet known.
 
The game studio is expected to announce the game in May, followed by some gameplay footage shown at E3 and Quakecon later in the year. It seems unlikely that the game will launch this year, unless Bethesda has been working on this secretly for a long time. Late 2013 is much more likely. 
 
It is not clear how this might affect the possibility of future single-player games in the Elder Scrolls series, but by setting it long before the current games it frees things up for Bethesda to continue to add a sequel to Skyrim.
 
Source: Tom's Guide