I want to believe. I want to believe that the rumors about an Elder Scrolls MMO announcement in May will result in one of the genre’s best games, but I find myself convinced that The Elder Scrolls series can’t introduce an MMORPG without losing its soul. I’m not saying that such a game couldn’t be good, I’m not saying that there’s not a chance for Bethesda to make millions upon millions, and I’m not even saying that the concept doesn’t geek me out at the core of my being. But I am saying that the conventions of the genre clash so strongly with the legacy of the series that I fear it would become something else entirely. At its worst, it would become “just another fantasy MMO,” and at its best its success might spell the end for any future single-player games in one of the world’s most beloved gaming franchises. Put it this way: when’s the last that any of you heard any news about Warcraft IV?