ESO’s next chapter takes players to the land of the Khajiit.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr, the MMO’s next major expansion, will be released on June 4, ZeniMax Online Studios announced today.
Elsweyr, which will be “similar in size and scope to last year’s Summerset zone,” features a thirty-hour, “year-long” main story told over four quarterly releases, beginning with the Wrathstone DLC in February. The story will see players side with the Khajiit as they defend their homeland from both invading Imperials and dangerous dragons.
Dragons are being added to The Elder Scrolls Online for the first time in Elsweyr and will be more difficult to defeat than the ones players may have encountered in Skyrim, according to Creative Director Rich Lambert.
Elsweyr also introduces the Necromancer, the MMO’s first new class since the Warden was added in 2017’s Morrowind expansion. Lambert briefly detailed the new class, saying NPCs who witness necromancy will alert guards, seeing as it’s frowned upon, if not outlawed, throughout most of Tamriel.
Changes are also coming to PvP with the Elsweyr expansion, including the separation of The Imperial City from Cyrodiil — a change that Lambert says will improve performance. A new “artifact” system, meanwhile, will introduce powerful new weapons to PvP areas. ZeniMax Online will be testing the new system with Volendrung, a super-powered weapon with a catch: Volendrung must be fed, so if you aren’t killing other players, it’ll begin killing you. Once spawned, all players will be alerted to the weapon’s location, making for a chaotic chase.
Before Elsweyr hits in June, the aforementioned Wrathstone DLC will bring two new dungeons and some quality of life improvements — a new zone guide and an overhauled guild trader UI — to The Elder Scrolls Online in February.
The year of new content will be rounded out with additional dungeon DLC in Q3 and a new story DLC in Q4, which will wrap up Elsweyr’s year-long main quest.
2019 will mark the third consecutive year ZeniMax Online has released a major expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online, following Morrowind in 2017 and Summerset in 2018.
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