Flame, Ruin and Death come to Tamriel. A new chapter in the Elder Scrolls Online story, titled Elsweyr, comes soaring onto PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 4, 2019.
Fans of Elder Scrolls Online can look forward to Bethesda’s commitment to a yearlong story arc. 2019 might be the Chinese year of the pig but it’s the year of the Dragon as far as Bethesda’s calendar is concerned. All four planned major updates to Elder Scrolls Online will all be tied to the Draconic menace.
In addition to the announcement of the scaley death-machines comes a first in the history of the game; the new content in Elsweyr will be accessible to players both new and veteran.
Elder Scrolls Online Elsweyr
Typically when a new expansion comes out for an online game like Elder Scrolls Online, it only has value for the existing player base. But this has all changed as Elder Scrolls Online Elsweyr is accessible for a brand new level 1 character.
This means if you missed the boat on launch, but you’ve got a veteran mate asking you to join them, then it’s never been easier to do so than now.
These changes to the content accessibility mean that Elder Scrolls Online will likely see a significant boost in player numbers. As people become more time poor and spoilt for choice on how to spend their downtime, this seems like a really smart move by Bethesda.
Investing in an epic-sized RPG like Elder Scrolls Online can be daunting for a new player. By breaking down the barriers of entry and gated content, Bethesda has enabled the recruitment of new players and re-recruitment of lapsed players.
That’s a big win for the Elder Scrolls Online franchise.
Year of the Dragon
The rest of the expansion features set Elsweyr up with a mountain of new content on launch. Adding a massive new zone, Elsweyr, which is the homeland of the Khajit cat people. The in-game land mass of this new zone is comparable to last year’s Summerset Isle.
However, instead of the sleek elven architecture and lush forests, we will explore grassy plains, scorching deserts and the depths of a Skooma addiction. As mentioned earlier, Elsweyr introduces a brand new main story arc with approximately 30-hours of adventures and mystery.
Along with the main story, there are many more hours of sidequests, dungeons and daily activities available. Test your skills in the new 12-player trial, Sunspire. Players will need to rally together if they are to overcome the challenges that Sunspire presents, defeat the enemies and secure some amazing new gear.
And if all that wasn’t enough, relive the thrill of Dragon attacks from Skyrim with colossal new world events. Showing up at the most opportune times, Dragons lay siege to cities and towns forcing players to work together if they are to survive.
Perhaps the most hotly anticipated feature of Elsweyr is the addition of a new playable class; Necromancer. It’s the first new class since the Morrowind chapter was released in 2017.
The community is going a bit nuts over the inclusion of the Necromancer. A fan favourite of many RPG players, especially Elder Scrolls fans. Necromancers flex their command over death and bend it to their will. Playing a Necromancer allows you to bolster yourself and your allies with life draining magic while undead minions do your bidding.
Check out the cinematic reveal below, it’s got me pretty hyped to get back into Elder Scrolls Online.
As you can see, the foolish actions of some reckless treasure hunters have unleashed the ancient Draconic terror upon Tamriel. Amongst this chaos, an imprisoned Necromancer makes good his escape, enabling him to teach new apprentices his dark art.
Pre-purchasing Elder Scrolls Online Elsweyr standard or collector’s edition gives players a ton of great exclusive in-game goodies, including immediate access to a new in-game mount. If you’re a new player enticed by the great new features of Elsweyr well then I have good news for you.
Pre-purchasing the digital edition of Elsweyr gives you immediate access to the full game plus the last two chapters, Summerset and Morrowind. That means you can begin your adventures now in anticipation for the upcoming new chapter in the Elder Scrolls Online legacy.
Elder Scrolls Online Elsweyr is now available for digital pre-purchase on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It will cost you $89.95 AUD for the standard full game or $59.95 AUD for the digital upgrade for existing players.
Elsweyr is set to release on June 4, with early access for anyone who pre-orders going live on May 20.