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Elder Scrolls Online trailer, beta electrify the imagination

Sweeping visuals, stunning swordsmanship, legendary warriors: expect to see all of these if you watch the new trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online. Beta registrations are now open too.

Will The Elder Scrolls Online recapture MMORPG gamers? Screenshot by Christopher MacManus/CNET

Developer Zenimax Online Studios wowed the gaming community today with a six-minute explosive cinematic trailer showing some heart-racing action in the grandiose world of Tamriel, the primary location of the upcoming The Elder Scrolls Online. Be sure to play the CGI trailer in high-definition and at full screen for maximum pleasure.

To add further excitement to the reveal, Zenimax also opened the doors to Elder Scrolls Online beta registrations today, giving anyone the chance to get in on the action. Of course, to get in, you'll need to submit answers to an array of personal questions (name, birthday, and so on) and submit full system diagnostic information. Zenimax also requires that you answer questions about any other relevant MMORPGs you've played; your play style (solo, group, etc.); preferred activities in MMORPGs; and previous stints as a beta tester.

If that wasn't demanding enough, you then have to tell the developer why you should be chosen as a beta tester. Amusingly, a progress bar hangs over the Web page and indicates your chance rating at even being selected at all -- fortunately, I scored an above-average, so I assume experience matters.

Zenimax and publisher Bethesda Softworks didn't disclose when The Elder Scrolls Online would begin beta testing, or reveal much information other than the fact that PC and Mac gamers can participate. Read the beta FAQ for more details, or listen to the latest Bethesda podcast featuring developers answering some more questions about the upcoming experience.