The Bomb Crew was being pretty cagey about the reason for Jeff's absence this week during I Love Mondays and the Bombcast, which likely means that it's related to a game with a strict NDA (or maybe he just has a personal obligation, I dunno). We also know with certainty that Mr. Gerstmann needed to board a plane in order to reach this undisclosed location, as mentioned in both the Bombcast and ILM. Assuming that it is a game, this seems like one that warrants some attention, considering its high profile and lack of available information. But why the TES MMO now? Well, because this appeared about 8 hours ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLp0ykvotEI&feature=ytfce (warning: Jesse Cox, for those of you out there who dislike him), so it seems like some popular video game video content purveyors may have been invited to play an alpha build of the game. Also, since Zenimax Studios is located in Maryland, he would have needed to take a plane to get out there. I propose, then, that we will be hearing a little bit more about TESO in the near future.
So what does this all mean? Probably not much of anything, since we'll almost certainly be able to hear why he was gone next week either way, but it's fun to speculate! Also, Mr. Cox seems pretty positive about this early build, so maybe this game won't be a trainwreck or another boring-ass WoW clone? Almost certainly too soon to tell, in this duder's humble opinion. Anyway, feel free to share your thoughts or disproving evidence here.