Those of us who predicted The Elder Scrolls Online would never make its fall 2013 launch estimate might turn out to be wrong after all: This week Zenimax opened beta signups and posted a riveting six-minute cinematic for the game, prompting both awe and concerns over the game's Elder Scrollsiness. Your mileage may very, but I thought it at least captured the right tone for the PvP setting the game hopes to embrace.
Hit the jump for a look at this week's other top MMO stories. I promise, no one will be shooting arrows at you as you go.
|Guild Wars 2's Flame and Frost: Prelude coming January 28|
|Flameseeker Chronicles: Glitching in Guild Wars 2|
|BioWare releases Makeb first-look video for SWTOR's upcoming expansion|
|Hyperspace Beacon: Givin' SWTOR props|
|Second Wind: Taking another look at TERA|
|TERA outlines free-to-play restrictions in a new chart|
|Funcom game directors talk relocation, effects on TSW, AoC, and AO|
|The Secret World working on account-wide shop unlocks and a veteran system|
|Trion to publish ArcheAge in the West|
|ArcheAge shows graphical frills thanks to Nvidia|
|Scott Hartsman leaving Trion Worlds|
|RIFT's newest State of the Game teases updates 2.2 and 2.3|
|SOE's Smedley and Higby on PlanetSide 2's e-sports evolution|
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
|Guide to Lunar Festival 2013 achievements|
|Why we don't need daily quests anymore|
|Gnome spotted in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm cinematic|
|Five things Blizzard has done I thought it'd never do|