Gamers eager to explore The Elder Scrolls Online have an early shot at playing, as beta signups are now open at Selected registrants will be given access to beta test the game, which is a joint collaboration between Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Online Studios.

The Elder Scrolls Online enables gamers to play with countless friends in their social network, as they develop their unique style of fighting and exploring the continent of Tamriel. "We're really excited to get the game into players' hands," said The Elder Scrolls Online Game Director Matt Firor. "We receive invaluable feedback through the beta process, and that helps us ensure that the game will be one of the best online gaming experiences ever offered - one worthy of The Elder Scrolls franchise."

To gauge the immense popularity of the franchise, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Skyrim sold over 10 million copies in its first month of release. The Elder Scrolls Online will be released sometime this year, although no specific date has been divulged by Bethesda Softworks.

The exact details of the playtests will be given to the beta registrants at a later date.