Waiting for ZeniMax Online Studios to give you a more in-depth look at the Elder Scrolls Online? Well, get a load of this.

Posted today, the nine-and-a-half-minute-long “Introduction to The Elder Scrolls Online” intersperses in-game footage with developer commentary and does more to tantalize players than all previous PR efforts combined. Among the juicy tidbits talked about are:

  • You can go anywhere, whether it’s a territory from a previous Elder Scrolls game or somewhere you’ve never been before. This is emphasized by the scenic vistas of Skyrim, Morrowind, and Cyrodiil seen throughout the video.
  • Combat style is very Elder Scrolls-ish — left click to attack, right click to block, with power attacks and special abilities mixed in.
  • Although you’ll have a character class, it’s more of a starting point than anything. As you progress, you’ll be able to choose perks to let you customize your character further — even to letting you potentially become a werewolf or vampire.
  • Quests are fueled by exploration, rather than rigid theme-park-iness. As Paul Sage puts it, it’s “not what do I do next, it’s which one of these things do I do next?”
  • You’ll be remembered by NPCs when you perform heroic deeds for them. “Wait.. I know you!”

But words can do only so much. Check out the video above to get your first real look at what’s shaping up to be an amazing game.

Jason Winter has held several positions in the tabletop and video-gaming industry since 1996, including writer, editor, marketing coordinator, and game designer. He's the former editor of Beckett Massive Online Gamer and almost considers himself competent in PvP. In addition to his work with Gamebreaker.tv, he also blogs about video games at http://jasonwinter.wordpress.com.