It is always an exciting time of year as we learn what is coming over the entire year in fantasy MMORPG, The Elder Scrolls Online. As part of Bethesda’s 2022 Global Reveal stream, we learned that the 2022 year-long adventure is ‘The Legacy of the Bretons’. There will be four major updates this year including a new chapter called The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle, as well as three other DLC. We will be visiting new lands never before seen in an Elder Scrolls game, there is a brand new gameplay element which is a collectible card game, two new companions and more! The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle Chapter will launch on June 6, 2022 for PC and MAC, then later on Xbox and PlayStation on June 21, 2022.
The story of this year’s Chapter focuses on political intrigue, and High Isle is the perfect getaway destination for alliance delegates to take on peace talks that would put an end to the Three Banners War. While the summit is hosted by the noble Society of the Steadfast, players should beware of The Ascendant Order and their chaotic motives. We will be visiting the Systres Archipelago which takes inspiration from the beautiful, windswept shores of the Mediterranean. Here lies the stunning world of High Isle, home of the Bretons, descendants of both humans and elves. With two unique areas within the Chapter, High Isle and Amenos, you can experience the chivalric culture of the Breton people firsthand as you traverse deeper into the island and its mysteries, see its spectacular locations, and take on challenging quests.
In last year’s Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood chapter, companions were added to the game. This year we will see two new companions – Ember the Khajiit sorcerer and Isobel Velois the Breton knight. Ember grew up on the streets and has a knack for magic, and Isobel is an aspiring knight who feels called to do right by players. I really enjoyed playing with Bastian Hallix and Mirri Elendis last year so am really looking forward to finding, gearing and adventuring with these two new companions and learning their back stories.
As with most chapters, there will be a new Trial dungeon as well as new world events. The new 12-person Trial is called Dreadsail Reef where we will strike back against the Dreadsail pirates within their dangerous island hideaway. The new world events in these new High Isle chapter zones are Volcanic Vents which are very similar to Abyssal Geysers from ESO: Summerset. We will help the local Stonelore druids investigate and shut down volatile volcanic fissures that have begun to plague the islands of the Systres.
The final coolest addition to The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle chapter is a collectible card game called Tales of Tribute. This is a tavern card game that allows you to compete against your fellow players and NPCs. It’s a fast-paced, deck-building game that provides a new way for Tamriel’s adventurers to relax and play with great rewards. I am very much looking forward to checking this out.
The Legacy of the Bretons year-long adventure officially kicks off with this year’s first dungeon DLC, Ascending Tide, featuring two challenging new PvE dungeons: The Coral Aerie and Shipwright’s Regret. In these exciting new four-player PvE activities, you’re tasked with investigating the remnants of the once-proud All Flags Navy and assaulting a costal hideout of the mysterious Ascendant Order. In these adventures you encounter some fan-favorite characters, including the dashing Jakarn and Captain Za’ji, and can acquire supplementary Achievements, item sets, and collectibles. What you find within these mysterious new dungeons sets up the events of the upcoming High Isle Chapter and impacts the larger Legacy of the Breton storyline.
You can get access to the Ascending Tide DLC game pack via ESO Plus membership or via purchase with crowns from the in-game Crown Store when it launches on PC/Mac on March 14, and Xbox and PlayStation consoles March 29. Players can pre-purchase The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle right now to receive unique pre-purchase items and get immediate access to the Palefrost Elk mount and Palefrost Elk Fawn pet. Note that the pet is available only as a pre-purchase reward from now until April 4—don’t miss out! In addition to the Palefrost mount and pet, you will also receive the following pre-order rewards at launch:
- Abecean Privateer’s Apparel costume
- Knights of the Flame Pup pet
- 1× Dark Chivalry Crate
- 3× High Isle Treasure Maps
- 2× Experience Scrolls, granting double XP
Update 33, a free update available to all ESO players alongside the launch of Ascending Tide DLC, introduces some exciting features and quality of life improvements. These include a new PvP-exclusive item set, account-wide achievements, a deconstruction assistant that can be used in the wild, and more. There’s a whole heap of exciting content coming to ESO and it’s going to be a great year for the long-running MMORPG.
I’m super excited to get stuck into the Legacy of the Bretons content and The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle chapter in June, but will have to wait until March to get started in the Ascending Tide DLC. For now though, I have plenty of catching up to do from ESO: Blackwood and levelling my companions. I’ll see you in Tamriel.
Written by: @ChrisJInglis