Yesterday we were given a tease from The Elder Scrolls Online socials simply stating, “A storm is on the horizon. Keep your eyes here tomorrow!” Well overnight we were given an awesome teaser trailer showing ships sailing on stormy seas, characters wearing armour and in the distance looks to be a cove with a city built into a cliffside. It all looks very intriguing, and no doubt hardcore Elder Scrolls fans will be able to take information from things such as the character’s belt buckle style, the colours of the ships flags and the landmarks to make some guesses as to where we will be headed in the next year-long adventures in ESO. At the end of 2021, Studio Director Matt Firor penned a letter to gamers summarising their efforts over 2021.
“Millions of new players joined the game in 2021, and the game is as healthy and robust as ever. We introduced the world to Fargrave, a new Elder Scrolls Universe Daedric plane, and of course to Arox the Mutilator, our newly most-beloved NPC since the game’s original cast. Overall, our story of a Daedric invasion of Nirn was well done and well received by you. We had a lot of fun putting together a story with hints of TES IV: Oblivion, including part of its original game map. We also debuted companion NPCs in ESO, which have proven to be a remarkably popular feature, and sit proudly in the group of solid systems we’ve added to the game over the years (Justice System, Assassinations, Arenas, Antiquities—just to name a few).”
I certainly enjoyed my time in The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood and am excited to see where we are heading this year. Firor goes on to talk briefly about their plans for content in 2022: “Our content plans will be to back off major plots with ‘end of the world invasion’ themes for a bit to tell a traditional ‘Elder Scrolls’ story of political intrigue and factional infighting, concentrating on one of ESO’s playable races that has not yet had a full cultural and historical deep dive. For more info, you’ll have to wait for our traditional January reveal show.”
It will be interesting to see just how far they take factional content, as since One Tamriel allowed us to level characters in any lands of any faction, the factional divide seemed to dissipate relevance for choosing a faction at all. Time will tell so be sure to tune into the Elder Scrolls Online 2022 Global Reveal which will stream live on twitch.tv/Bethesda at 7AM AEDT/9AM NZDT January 28. Tuning into the show (be sure to link your Twitch and Bethesda accounts) will net you a Barnacle-Back Coral Crab pet and an Ouroboros Crown Crate through Twitch Drops. I can’t wait to see the content we’ll be exploring this year, but for now, check out the teaser trailer below.
Written by: @ChrisJInglis