Game Informer revealed the cover story for their June issue today, unveiling "The Elder Scrolls Online, an MMORPG set in the same universe as Bethesda's critically acclaimed series. 

Though it may come as a shock to many, rumors earlier this year indicated [correctly] that an MMO based on the Elder Scrolls franchise would be announced this month.

Developed by Zenimax Online Studios, the MMO division of Bethesda's parent company, Elder Scrolls Online will be the biggest Elder Scrolls game to date, spanning the entire realm of Tamriel, which including the countries from all five Elder Scrolls games.

That said, you may recognize most of it - The game will be 1,000 years before your hero's adventure in Skyrim. The game's overarching plot will revolve around the daedric prince Molag Bal and his attempt to take control of all of Tamriel.

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

According to GI's initial report, the game will feature a gamewide PvP conflict, where players swear allegiance to one of three armies to fight for control of the world and the Emperor's throne.

Game Informer promises to release more information about Elder Scrolls Online from their story in the weeks leading up the magazine's release, so expect a slow but steady stream of info to come out over the next few weeks.

The Elder Scrolls Online will be released on PC and Mac in 2013.

[Via Game Informer]