The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr Revealed, Season of the Dragon Story Brings New Content in 2019

Yesterday, the plans for ZeniMax Online Studios’ The Elder Scrolls Online were detailed, giving us an in-depth look at what to expect for the title throughout this year. You can expect to see dragons, a new zone, and a storyline that spans the whole of 2019.

The Season of the Dragon reveal took place on Twitch last night and was kickstarted by Game Director Matt Firor. The reveal introduces an upcoming chapter to The Elder Scrolls Online titled Elsweyr due to launch in June. A cinematic trailer was also released to commence the hype and can be found embedded below.

Elsweyr adds the titular new zone for players to explore and is said to be of similar size to the previously released Summerset area. The new area brings a new quest line which should offer players roughly thirty hours of quests that tie into the Season of the Dragon. Additionally, there are more side-quests and areas to explore.

There’s a new Class being introduced allowing players to play as a Necromancer. This should sit well with players as they explore Elsweyr, home of the Kahjiit. The new Class is the first to be added since the Morrowind chapter that launched in 2017.

If working together as a team is your thing you’ll be glad to hear that a new 12-player trial named Sunspire will be available as well as Delves, stand-alone quests, and Delves. There will also be new content for both new players and returning players. New players will get access to Elsweyr without the need to complete previous content, whereas returning/current players will be able to travel to the new zone with existing characters or start fresh with a new Necromancer character.

Dragons are also making their first debut in The Elder Scrolls Online and will offer players World Events in which they fight off Dragons from attacking the Kahjiit’s hometowns. Specifically, the great dragon Kaalgrontiid will be the threatening fire-breather taking to the skies.

The Season of the Dragon is a new yearlong adventure that starts in February by launching the Wrathstone DLC game pack. It will continue beyond the launch of Elsweyr in June. There are four updates planned to launch throughout 2019 starting with February’s Wrathstone DLC, and then June’s Elsweyr chapter, and then a DLC dungeon pack due to launch sometime in Q3, and in Q4 a new story DLC is planned.

You can find the cinematic trailer below as well as some screenshots of the landscapes, dragons, and Necromancer Class.

The Elder Scrolls Online is available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Elsweyr will become available on June 4, although those playing on PC and Mac and are pre-purchase customers will gain Early Access on May 20.

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The Elder Scrolls Online’s DLC Zone Murkmire Was Showcased by Bethesda

On Friday, Bethesda had a live stream showing off the first look at The Elder Scrolls Online: Murkmire, the upcoming DLC zone. The stream was hosted by two community managers Gina Bruno and Jess Folsom. Later on in the show, Zone Lead Ed Stark and Senior Writer-Designer Leamon Tuttle joined in to discuss what the DLC pack entails and answered some questions from the chat.

The parts of the stream that consisted of actual gameplay was about 50 minutes long. The devs and community managers explored through the new zone as well as give some insight behind the new DLC area. Throughout the playthrough, Ed and Leamon gave some backstory and details on the lore of some of the creatures that can be found in Murkmire.

You can find the live stream. The Elder Scrolls Online just released another DLC pack titled Wolfhunter earlier last month that added two new dungeons to the game. The Murkmire DLC pack is still slated to release sometime later this year for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset is Great for Players New and Old

The Elder Scrolls Online has been my go-to video game comfort food lately; whenever I finish one of the many great new releases that have been gracing us this year, I keep going back to ESO. Sure, it’s not my favorite MMORPG, but it’s one that is both intriguing and relaxing due to its level agnostic nature.

The newest expansion, Summerset, is just on the horizon, bringing a whole slew of new features to Bethesda’s popular game. Recently, I had the chance to travel to the Summerset Isles to check out how Bethesda and ZeniMax Online Studios reinvigorated its four-year-old MMO.

By the decree of Queen Ayrenn, Summerset’s borders are open to any and all foreigners — this is the first time this area has been seen since 1994’s The Elder Scrolls: Arena. The first thing you’ll notice when you load into the new zone is how gorgeous it looks. It is not the most unique fantasy world you’ll find in a video game, but everything from the architecture to the vibrant vegetation creates a world I want to explore.

This new zone is where Summerset‘s chapter begins. After you speak to Razum-dar, a Khajit that will aid you throughout this new quest, you find out a few travelers have gone missing since they arrived at the High Elves’ homeland. You find that Daedric followers are behind the disappearances with the help of a mysterious orb.

All of these events occur reasonably slowly. Honestly, I almost lost interest after the first hour or so. However, once the story did pick up, I became very invested. Unlike some MMOs I’ve played before it — where I would skip through the dialogue because it took time away from leveling — I wanted to listen to what these characters had to say. The characters themselves, save for a select few like Raz, were not that interesting but what they had to say was.

During these beginning moments, you conveniently meet someone from the Psijic Order, an ancient guild of magic wielders responsible for the development of Mysticism. By the end of the first main quest, you are brought to Artaeum, the home of this secretive sect where you’ll find the side quest that will give you access to the Psijic Order Skill Line.

It’s great that a new Skill Line is available; this gives players new and old something to look forward to as well as extend their playtime as they complete this new chapter. The time-bending nature of the Psijic Order’s magic is something that could not only be cool to see in action but also useful for crowd control. The problem is that it seems like it will be a long journey to unlock them. It’s cool that this quest tells, yet again, an intriguing story that gives reason to these new abilities but it would be nice to have learned one of those abilities from the start of the questline, giving you a little taste of what this Skill Line is all about.

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All of this is great but what makes The Elder Scrolls Online stand out from all other MMOs is the aforementioned level-agnostic nature; it does not matter what level you are. You can enjoy any and all of the new content whether you’re like me and new to the game or you’ve been playing since 2014. This extends to the entire game, not just Summerset. This subtle feature of the game allows for a more inviting experience than any other in the genre. It takes the pressure off the player and lets them enjoy the game at their pace.

Overall, The Elder Scrolls Online continues to be both intriguing and relaxing with the MMORPG’s newest chapter, Summerset. Though I’m very new to the ESO experience, the level agnostic nature of the game allows you to start right from the beginning disregarding the traditional level rules of most MMOs; it’s a subtle feature that doesn’t force you to play through the content you don’t want to play. The main quest may be slow at the start but it quickly picks up steam, which kept me invested with an engaging plot that I wasn’t expecting. The only downside I experienced was the tedium of unlocking the new Psijic Order Skill Line; it isn’t hard by any means — and exploring the beautiful and vibrant land of the High Elves makes that journey seem less strenuous — but leveling that skill tree and garnering all of those abilities will take some time.

If you’re looking for a new adventure within the Elder Scrolls‘ world, Summerset will be an excellent place to jump in when it launches on May 21 for PC and June 5 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. If you want to know more about the new expansion, you can check out our interview with Game Director Matt Firor and you can pre-order the title now on Amazon.

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