The rumors have finally been proven true after all these years, as The Elder Scrolls Online has been officially confirmed. ZeniMax Online will be handling the duties for the MMO and have been working on it for the last five years. The Elder Scrolls Online will be set 1,000 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which should put it squarely in the Second Era of TES history. There will be three main factions in the MMO and you will be able to journey across all of Tamriel. That means you can see Skyrim, Morrowind, Elsweyr, Valenwood, High Rock, and all the other provinces, which makes The Elder Scrolls Online an impressively large MMO. The number of races you can play as is currently unknown, but hopefully that will be revealed shortly. The main enemy will be Molag Bal, who wishes to turn all of Tamriel into a terrible nightmare filled with daedra.
The Elder Scrolls Online is expected to launch in 2013, so MMO fans will have to wait a little while longer. Hopefully ZeniMax Online knows what it is doing and can deliver an MMO worthy of The Elder Scrolls name. Bethesda Game Studios is not working on the MMO, so it should be free to work on single player installments in the future. Feel free to discuss your thoughts in the comments below or in this thread.