Elder Scrolls Online was announced on the 3-rd of May 2012. 9 months passed since that. Now we are close to official Beta testing and there is a lot of new information available:
1 ESO will contain social elements. Developers say that they are going to integrate Facebook into the game. It will be easy to find your friends and invite new players to your guilds. This decision is cool. There is no other mmo with such features. I do not know why, but other games do not use potential of social networking. Nowadays Facebook is very popular and such features will help to make the game awesome.
2 Mega server. Developers are talking about this but they do not tell how it will work. As we know so far it will be a new technology created by ZeniMax Online specially for Elder Scrolls Online. The technology allows to keep all players on one big server but in different worlds. Thus Mega Server will be able to merge worlds with low population. Each world will have enough players any time! There will not be overpopulated locations. You will not have to wait until free place appears. Just log in and play!
3 Familiar world. We will see all familiar races and guilds from previous TES games. You will be able to enter Dark Brotherhood or Thieves Guild. Actually developers do not want to make changes in general ESO story and want to keep everything familiar. I respect such thoughts. I would like to see familiar world in ESO.
4 The game will be released in 2013. I believe in the end of the year. There will be 2 Beta tests: Closed Beta and Open Beta. So there is enough time to prepare.
5 The game will not require strong hardware for comfortable playing. Developers are going to make the game run on not very strong computers. Of source if your PC is good you will be able to admire beautiful world. If your PC is not so good you will be able to play without lags but with lower quality.
Article was written for http://elderscrollsonline.info/ - Unofficial ESO Database. Hope we will spend many hours playing ESO together.