Yesterday came a major reveal when ZeniMax Online took the wraps off of The Elder Scrolls Online. The world will finally get to experience The Elder Scrolls on a much larger scale in 2013, as all of Tamriel will be open to exploration. Today we have the official announcement trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online that sets up the story of the MMO. The narrator says the Imperial throne sits empty and the Dragonfires are unlit, which means Tamriel can fill into chaos. The trailer shows what look to be three metal dragons coming together to form a circle, which could signify the three factions that will appear in The Elder Scrolls Online. The folks over at Game Informer will be revealing more information throughout the month, and today have the game's first screenshot.
In the screenshot, a couple of characters are fighting a pair of storm atronachs. Storm atronachs are powerful daedra that are immune to normal weapons and shock magic, resistant to poison, can reflect spells back at you, and generally like to ruin your day. The two characters fighting the atronachs look to be a warrior and mage, but the warrior appears to be wielding an Akaviri sword. Now, the Akaviri and people of Tamriel have long had a general dislike, with the Akaviri launching some invasions into Tamriel and Tamriel invading Akavir at least once. The Elder Scrolls Online should be set in the Second Era, which could be around 2E 431 when Tamriel's Emperor Potentate Savirien-Chokah was assassinated. This would certainly coincide with the narrator in the announcement trailer, but it could just be some conjecture on my part. Still, it will be interesting to see just how far off I am once Game Informer reveals more information.