The first teaser trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online, Zenimax Online Studios' MMO for PC and Mac of the venerable Bethesda Softworks series, was released on YouTube. Unfortunately, if you were looking for any details on the story, or gameplay, graphics design, release date, or basically anything other than some CG render and a little voice over, you might be a tad disappointed.
The voice over in the trailer explains how the imperial throne has been abandoned and the villains of the world are trying to claim it. To stop them, the heroes of the world must also create alliances. Meanwhile, three CG dragon charms bite each other on the tail, forming a kind of hydra ouroboros, that is also the box art for the game.
The Elder Scrolls Online trailer is reminiscent of the one Bethesda used to announce Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim at the 2010 VGAs -- low on details, but heavy on dramatic voice over and dragon iconography. Of course, The Elder Scrolls Online lacks the dramatic release date reveal found in the Skyrim trailer. Whenever Bethesda decides to release ESO, it will be interesting to see how the company best-known for solo RPGs makes the transition to massively multiplayer.