ZeniMax On-line Studios just lately revealed the following Elder Scrolls Online Chapter will deliver gamers to the familiarly frosty land of Skyrim. Now the TESO Chapter’s global reveal livestream has concluded, we all know the MMORPG‘s subsequent journey will discover each acquainted and unexplored areas in Skyrim – and see the combat in opposition to vampires and werewolves take centre stage.
The subsequent TESO Chapter is, like 2019’s Season of the Dragon, one other year-long narrative story hinging on 4 huge updates over the yr. It’s known as Greymoor and is ready in “The Darkish Coronary heart of Skyrim”, because the cinematic trailer shown at the recent Game Awards just lately revealed. It takes place within the western a part of Tamriel’s snowiest area.
If you happen to bear in mind your Elder Scrolls geography, you’ll know that is the portion incorporating areas like Markarth, Rorikstead, Morthal, Dragon Bridge, and naturally the capital metropolis of Skyrim itself – Solitude. This metropolis would be the central hub of the replace however, like the opposite areas featured, it gained’t be precisely as you bear in mind as a result of the story takes place a millenium earlier than these in Bethesda’s 2011 RPG.
Plus, there shall be locations very new for seasoned Elder Scrolls followers to find, primarily in Blackreach – the enormous underground cavern metropolis. Wealthy Lambert, inventive director at ZeniMax On-line Studios, spoke to PCGamesN to inform us extra about this intimately: “We’re going to go and discover Blackreach in much more element than you bought to see and go to locations that you simply’ve by no means seen in Skyrim earlier than, in Blackreach.
“It’s actually thrilling for us as a result of we get to go to that sort of nostalgia that gamers will know and anticipate out of going to western Skyrim, but additionally give them one thing new”, he explains. To present an thought of how a lot Blackreach will characteristic within the chapter, the director tells us: “About 60% of the playable land mass is western Skyrim after which the remaining 40% is down in Blackreach.” The Chapter is “a bit larger general than Elsweyr and Summerset”, he says.
As hinted by the phrase “Darkish Coronary heart of Skyrim”, the following Chapter can even characteristic a “darker” theme than the earlier, being “much more gothic” than final yr’s.
This ties into the main menace gamers shall be dealing with this time round – which, not like TES5 and the 2019 Chapter, gained’t be dragons. As a substitute, the difficult foes shall be vampires and werewolves. “Issues are sort of in chaos”, Lambert explains.
“There are werewolves and vampires sort of in all places, there are these bizarre storms ravaging the countryside, individuals are disappearing – and also you’re tasked with making an attempt to determine what the heck is occurring, and the way it’s all associated.” Gulp.
The Elder Scrolls On-line’s subsequent Chapter, Greymoor, arrives Might 18 on PC (console variations comply with on June 2), so get able to enterprise again to Skyrim quickly.