This rumor may be something a huge Elder Scrolls fan may be waiting for, but it seems like we’ll be hearing something about an Elder Scrolls MMO game this coming May. Read more about it after the break!

Via 1up:

The game, known as Elder Scrolls Online, will be announced at some point in May according to a report by Tom’s Guide. Sources provided very little information about the game except to say there will be three playable factions (represented by a lion, dragon, and either a phoenix or eagle) and that it is set approximately 1,000 years before Skyrim. That period would also predate the events of Morrowind andOblivion.

This is not the first time there has been talk of an Elder Scrolls MMO. Even before Skyrim was announced, there was speculation that the next game in the series following Oblivion could take on the form of an MMO. On more than one occasion the concept was not entirely shotdown by Bethesda. The company also owns a number of domain names that would be perfectly suited to an MMO, but of course simply acquiring domains means nothing.

What makes this much more believable is what was revealed in court filings in the case between Bethesda and Interplay over the rights to a Fallout MMO. (The case was settled earlier this year.) Bethesda was said to be working on a “World of Warcraft type MMO” since late 2006, and VG247 laterreported it had been told it was, in fact, the long-rumored Elder Scrolls MMO. When the court documents became public knowledge Bethesda attempted to have them withdrawn, though it was obviously too late to avoid having news leak.

If this holds it’s water and gets announced in May, it will be really exciting to see how an MMO would perform under the Elder Scrolls title. Still, this is a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt.