Every time we publish an article or news tidbit related to The Elder Scrolls Online we see the same comments: "Just give me beta, already!" Although patience is a virtue, it's only going to be required for a little bit longer, ESO fans. Check out the video for the announcement you've been waiting for--The Elder Scrolls Online beta has arrived!
Here's the official press announcement...
BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES BETA SIGNUPS FOR THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE
Fans of Award-Winning Franchise Get Chance to Explore
The Online World of Elder Scrolls with Friends
January 22, 2013 (Rockville, MD) 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 2013s most highly-anticipated releases. Timing and details of the start of playtests will be provided at a later date to those who register.
Were 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 Onlines 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.
The Elder Scrolls Online has been named one of 2013s most anticipated games by numerous outlets including IGN, The Guardian, MMORPG.com and Ten Ton Hammer, and was recently declared the next true great MMO by MPOGD.com. After experiencing hands-on gameplay this Fall, MMORPG.com described the game as a perfect sauce of awesome.
The Elder Scrolls Online is the first Elder Scrolls title to be played online after nearly 20 years of these best-selling, award-winning fantasy role-playing games. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® is the most recent chapter of the Elder Scrolls story. Skyrim, developed by Bethesda Game Studios, was released in November 2011 and enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success. As the follow-up to the 2002 Role-Playing Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind®, and the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, Skyrim earned hundreds of Game of the Year awards and sold over 10 million copies in the first month.
The Elder Scrolls Online is slated for release in 2013 and is being developed for the PC and the Mac by ZeniMax Online Studios. The studio is headed up by industry veteran Matt Firor who has more than 20 years of online game development experience. The Elder Scrolls Online has not yet been rated by the ESRB.
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