Daily Game is reporting that the parent company of Bethesda Softworks has just opened a MMO division to focus exclusively on developing massive online games.
Bethesda Softworks is the developer behind The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion which can be easily described as a MSORPG or Massively Single Player Offline Role Playing Game. Oblivion is a huge game with lots of open ended content. It just felt a little empty to me. That would be easily remedied by changing the S to an M. Perhaps The Elder Scrolls V will be the object of the MMO divisions affections.
The company is also working on the upcoming Rogue Warrior, and Fallout 3 which is slated for release in 2008. I doubt that the MMO division will be dealing with this simply because there is supposedly a Fallout MMO already in development and the license wouldn’t be available. Hmmm. I wonder how that one is going?
This is definitely an interesting development. More and more game developers are working on MMO titles. A few years ago there were a handful of MMOs in development, and the pundits were saying that there wasn’t enough market share for all of them.
Then along came Blizzard with World of Warcraft and changed all the rules. It’s amazing what a big success will inspire.
I have to wonder if Bethesda Softworks have already started a MMO title, and how far along they are. It’s doubtful that they would just create a new division without something already in the pipeline. What do you think, will Bethesda be releasing a new MMO in the near future? And what do you think it will be?