Ready to get the travel bug? The ESO team has some fun new wallpapers sure to speak to the explorer inside of you. This week, they’re sharing three new dungeon wallpapers featuring concept art for Toothmaul Gully, the Vaults of Madness, and a mysterious Dwemer ruin.
We are pleased to announce that a renowned group of actors will be lending their voices to The Elder Scrolls Online. John Cleese, Michael Gambon, Kate Beckinsale, Malcolm McDowell, Lynda Carter, Bill Nighy, and Alfred Molina – and many more – take on the roles of just some of the interesting characters you’ll meet while exploring Tamriel.
BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES STAR-STUDDED VOICE OVER CAST FOR THE ELDER SCROLLS® ONLINE
Latest Game in Award-Winning Franchise Brings Together All-Star Cast
January 23, 2014 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced the members of the renowned cast lending their voices to The Elder Scrolls® Online, the highly-anticipated game arriving April 4, 2014 on PC and Mac and June 2014 for the PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. The Elder Scrolls® Online ensemble includes Academy Award nominee John Cleese (“A Fish Called Wanda,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail“), Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), Kate Beckinsale (“The Aviator,” “Pearl Harbor”), Alfred Molina (“Spider-Man 2″) and Golden Globe nominees Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter”), and Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange”). In addition, Lynda Carter (“Wonder Woman”) returns to the Elder Scrolls series to reprise her role from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
The Elder Scrolls Online is the latest chapter of the award-winning franchise and will bring the legendary experience online for the first time. Players can choose their own style of play as they embark upon an epic adventure across all of Tamriel, playing alone on heroic quests as in previous Elder Scrolls games, exploring the huge, rich world with a few friends, or joining with hundreds of others in massive PvP battles to save the Empire.
“This extraordinary group of actors helps bring the distinctive characters in The Elder Scrolls Online to life,” said Matt Firor, game director of The Elder Scrolls Online. “In The Elder Scrolls tradition, we sought world class talent to add a deep and enriching component to the immersive world the series offers players.”
John Cleese plays Cadwell, the cheerful and endearingly mad lost soul who is not afraid of anyone, even a Daedric Prince. Joining the cast as High King Emeric, Bill Nighy portrays a merchant prince whose luck and determination won him the throne. Kate Beckinsale takes on the role of Queen Ayrenn, the leader of the Aldmeri Dominion and Queen of the High Elves who is far more comfortable with a blade than her crown.
In addition, Alfred Molina takes on the role of Abnur Tharn, a wily old wizard and politician who is the head of the Empire’s Elder Council, and the de facto power behind the Ruby Throne. Lynda Carter plays Azura, the Daedric Princess of Dusk and Dawn from Skyrim who is a popular part of Elder Scrolls lore. Michael Gambon voices The Prophet, a mysterious blind man who guides the player through their journey to retrieve their soul; and Malcolm McDowell plays the key figure Molag Bal, an evil Daedric god from another plane who schemes to enslave the mortal souls of Tamriel.
The Elder Scrolls Online cast also includes:
- Peter Stormare (“Fargo”) plays Jorunn the Skald King, an unexpected monarch who led his people into an unlikely alliance.
- Jim Ward (“WALL·E,” “Despicable Me 2″) voices Mannimarco, a renegade High Elf wizard exiled from the realm for raising the dead and the world’s most powerful necromancer.
- Jennifer Hale appears in the role of Lyris Titanborn, a Nord half-giant, who, along with the Prophet, aids the player on their journey..
- Kevin Michael Richardson rounds out the cast as Sai Sahan a noble martial artist and master swordsman.
The Elder Scrolls Online has been named one of the industry’s most anticipated titles for 2014 and marks a historic point for the franchise with its multiplayer online play after nearly 20 years of developing these best-selling, award-winning fantasy role-playing games for single player only. The previous chapter in this franchise was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® which was released in November 2011 and enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success. As the sequel to the 2002 Role-Playing Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind®, and the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, Skyrim earned hundreds of ‘Game of the Year’ awards and sold over 20 million copies.
The Elder Scrolls Online is being developed for the PlayStation4 system, Xbox One, PC, and Mac by ZeniMax Online Studios. The studio is headed by industry veteran Matt Firor who has more than 20 years of online game development experience. Working with Matt is a team of highly regarded professionals who have created some of the best known online games ever released.
The Elder Scrolls Online has been rated M for Mature by the ESRB.
The Elder Scrolls Online team is kicking off the new year with a new round of beta invites. Check your registered email address to find out if you received one, and don’t forget to look in your spam folder just in case. Remember, if you use Gmail, our invites will be automatically filtered to the “promotions” tab.
See you in beta!
Happy New Year! As we break out our new calendars, many sites are already waiting to get their hands on our 2014 games — The Elder Scrolls Online, The Evil Within, and Wolfenstein: The New Order.
We kick off with ESO, which was recently highlighted as one of the 10 most anticipated video games from CNN.
Hype continues to build on numerous other sites, including:
- CNET – The most anticipated games of 2014
- Complex – Time To Get Excited About PS4 in 2014
- GameBreaker TV – Top 5 Most Anticipated Games For 2014
- Game Informer – Most Anticipated Games of 2014
- GameSkinny – The 14 Most Anticipated MMOs of 2013 (and Beyond)
- Globe & Mail — The Most Anticipated Video Games of 2014
- IGN — 42 Big Games of 2014
- MTV — 11 Can’t Miss Video Games of 2014
- Massively - Perfect Ten: New MMOs to watch in 2014
- MMORPG – The List: The Most Wanted MMOs of 2014
- MStars News – Most Anticipated Games of 2014
- OXM — The Most Promising Xbox One games of 2014
- Prima Games – Video Games of 2014
- Ten Ton Hammer – Anticipated MMOGs of 2014
- The Game Fanatics – Which Video Games Should You Look Out for in 2014
- The Washington Post – Five Games I Can’t Wait to Play in 2014
- Tom’s Guide — Most-Anticipated Games of 2014
- Unigamesity – Top 10 MMORPG Games Coming Out in 2014
- What Culture – 41 Must Buy Video Games of 2014
- Yahoo Games – The 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2014
If you’re holding out for survival horror and old-school gunplay, there’s plenty of excitement for The Evil Within and Wolfenstein, too. More after the break…
Following the release of last week’s PvP trailer, the newest “Creating ESO” feature reveals how the ZeniMax Online team built keeps that invite exciting large-scale conflicts for both the defenders and assailants.
Learn more at ElderScrollsOnline.com.
Discover one of the rewards only the most powerful in Tamriel can claim — the emperor’s armor! Visit ElderScrollsOnline.com for the full image and more details.
Regardless of the platform you choose, your online adventures will be here before you know it. As you plan out which alliance you join, watch our all-new gameplay trailer showcasing PvP combat and how you will be able to battle with and against your friends in Cyrodiil.
For more information on ESO and its launch plans, read a personal update from Game Director, Matt Firor at elderscrollsonline.com.
Answers to your questions about progression in The Elder Scrolls Online are here. Learn more about skills, ability morphing, and more.