Bethesda has announced the long-rumoured Elder Scrolls MMO, which is titled The Elder Scrolls Online.
In development at ZeniMax Online Studios, The Elder Scrolls Online will be the first game in the series to allow gamers to explore the Elder Scrolls world with other players.
Set for release in 2013, it's being developed for PC and Mac under the leadership of game director and industry veteran Matt Firor, who has spent the last two decades working in online game development. His previous work includes Mythic's Dark Age of Camelot.
"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," he said.
"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."
More details are set to be revealed in the June issue of Game Informer, which says the game will be "set a millennium before the events of Skyrim as the daedric prince Molag Bal tries to pull all of Tamriel into his demonic realm".
The mag adds: "An in-depth look at everything from solo questing to public dungeons awaits in our enormous June cover story - as well as 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."
Firor also said: "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."
The Elder Scrolls Online will be available in English, German and French upon release.