Bethesda Softworks this week said it will release The Elder Scrolls Online to the PC and Mac in 2013.

Developed by Zenimax Online Studios, the title will be the first entry in the franchise to allow users to explore the Elder Scrolls world with others.

“We have been working hard to create an online world in which players will be able to experience the epic Elder Scrolls universe with their friends, something fans have long said they wanted,” said Matt Firor, game director of The Elder Scrolls Online.

“It will be extremely rewarding finally to unveil what we have been developing the last several years. The entire team is committed to creating the best MMO ever made – and one that is worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise.”

Bethesda Softworks in May said it will release the Dawnguard DLC to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 this summer.

The publisher said details of the new expansion will be released at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.

Microsoft in May released a patch to add Kinect support to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the Xbox 360.

The patch adds more than 200 voice commands to cast spells, control allies, and the ability to assign hot key commands.

In addition voice commands will offer ‘Quick Save’ and ‘Quick Load’ options.

The The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an open-world fantasy in which users have freedom of choice and the option to choose hundreds of weapons, spells, and abilities.

It is sold in a standard and Collector’s Edition SKU.

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