Bethesda’s New ‘The Elder Scrolls Online’ Looking Pretty Damn Impressive in Leaked Video

It’s only been about a year and a half since Bethesda released the critically acclaimed open-world role playing game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, but already the firm is preparing to release another Elder Scrolls title. For the first time ever, the franchise will be shifting online — and so far the game looks really impressive.

We recently caught a glimpse of the game’s first 20 minutes, thanks to a leaked video on YouTube. (The original video has been pulled but a saved copy can be seen at Riot Pixels.)

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The Elder Scrolls Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, or MMORPG. That means it will be similar to the World of Warcraft titles from Blizzard, but there will be differences — most notably, the game takes place in the less cartoony Elder Scrolls universe.

The video reveals that the game looks a whole lot like the visually stunning Skyrim, which is impressive given that most MMORPGs tend to lag behind when it comes to visuals. As for story, The Elder Scrolls Online takes place in several different lands, including Cyrodiil, Morrowind and Skyrim. In other words, it melds together environments seen in several previous Elder Scrolls games.

The game, which pits players against daedric prince Molag Bal, takes place about 1,000 years before the events that unfolded in Skyrim.

When creating a character, players will choose from three classes, including Dragonknight (warrior), Templar (hybrid fighter-mage) and Sorcerer (spellcaster).

A closed beta for the game recently wrapped up in March, meaning Bethesda should be preparing to release The Elder Scrolls Online by the end of 2013.

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