When rumors pointed towards an imminent reveal of a new MMO based in The Elder Scrolls franchise, it was almost too unbelievable, but then it happened and we’re still gauging if it’s a good or bad thing. The Elder Scrolls Online was unveiled two weeks ago with only minimal details.

While we still don’t know what sort of pay structure the game will employ, we do know that The Elder Scrolls Online will allow players to explore the entire province of Tamriel, of which only several provinces have been featured individually in the series thus far. We know the game puts places further back in the timeline to when the three factions battled each other and the Imperials for the throne.

The Imperials are led by the Tharn family and the Altmer necromancer Mannimarco, the King of Worms, and they’ve made a deal with Daedric prince Molag Bal to share control over the continent. Meanwhile, the Ebonheart Pact (Nords, Dunmer, and Argonians), the Aldmeri Dominion (Altmer, Bosmer, and Khajiit) and the Daggerfall Covenant (Bretons, Redguard and Orcs) battle each other and Molag Bal’s army of the undead for control of the lands as well.

The Elder Scrolls Online - Daggerfall Covenant

Game Informer, who has the exclusive on all things TESO-related, has a description of the Daggerfall Convenant faction from Game director Matt Firor. They are one of the three factions players join at the beginning of the game and the on represented by the Lion in The Elder Scrolls Online ouroboros logo.

“There is a lot of historical friction between the redguards and the bretons. There have been a lot of little wars between them, and there has been as much internal fighting in High Rock as there has been with external provinces, but it’s a much more settled area and a little more peaceful. The Bretons have given the orcs their own homeland within their territory, and all three races like and respect each other. This faction is a lot more democratic than the others.”

The Daggerfall Convenant faction calls the western provinces of High Rock (the province featured in The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall) and Hammerfell their home. High Rock is home to the Bretons and shared by the Orcs. It’s one of the only two provinces that doesn’t border the capital province of Cyrodiil (The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion) and features what may be the oldest building in the continent with the Adamantine Tower. Hammerfell, which borders High Rock, is home to the Redguards, but before them, it was settled by the Dwemer (Dwarves) and several Elven factions who built settlements along the shore lines.

Map of Tamriel

The Redguard are fast and specialize in sword and shield combat, the Bretons are outgoing and favor spell casting, while Orcs (Orsimer) can be considered all-out barbarians. What races have you played in the previous Elder Scrolls games and will that be the deciding factor in picking which faction to join in The Elder Scrolls Online?

While the lands, races and factions of TESO sound familiar, its gameplay and graphics do not and this has formed the core of the mixed reaction the game has received since showcasing its teaser trailer in in-game screenshots. We wonder now if the game’s combat, gameplay and progression will be consistent with what we know and love about the franchise.

The Elder Scrolls Online is being developed by ZeniMax Online Studios for PC & Mac.

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Source: Game Informer