Beta sign-ups are open for The Elder Scrolls Online at the game’s official site, Bethesda and ZeniMax Online Studios announced this morning.

Selected beta registrants will be granted early access to Tamriel to beta test the fantasy MMO.

Timing and details of the start of playtests will be provided at a later date to those who register.

“We’re really excited to get the game into players’ hands,” said 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.”

The Elder Scrolls Online brings the award-winning Elder Scrolls experience online for the first time in the series’ 19-year history.

Using ZeniMax Online’s Megaserver technology, players will join one connected world with a built in social network that lets them stay up-to-date with everything their friends are doing.

According to ZeniMax, Megaserver technology avoids the hassle of shard selection and will make The Elder Scrolls Online one of the most socially-enabled games ever created.

The Elder Scrolls Online is slated for release in 2013, and is being developed for Windows PC and Mac by ZeniMax Online Studios.