A new expansion is on the horizon for Elder Scrolls Online players, bringing them back to the world of Oblivion with the return of Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon. Expansion to come takes place 800 years before the events of the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion single player experience, setting up an incredible story to add to the phenomenal lore surrounding Tamriel. But it’s not just a new location and a returning villain to look forward to. For the first time ever, Elder Scrolls Online will allow companions that players can specify at will. But first, let’s take a look at what has been revealed by Bethesda.
With the latest trailer, players get their first look at the Gates of Oblivion adventure, exploring a new storyline through the Flames of Ambition DLC and the Blackwood Chapter. This saga will continue throughout the year with new chapters to further unravel the mystery surrounding the Daedric Prince with never-before-explored areas of Tamriel and new versions of familiar locations.
Flames of Ambition launches March 8 for PC and March 16 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Blackwood is starting a whole new chapter, starting June 1 for PC and June 8 for Xbox One and PS4. There are two more DLC planned with a dungeon pack to drop in Q3 and another Q4 DLC story area unlocked at an undisclosed time.
As for Blackwood, here’s what players can expect:
- A new zone: Blackwood
- A diabolical main storyline linked to the Gates of Oblivion adventure
- The new Companions system
- A new 12-player trial: Rockgrove
- New World Events: Oblivion Portals
- New excavations, public dungeons, world bosses, and standalone quests
- Quality of life updates and improvements
The pre-purchase of the upcoming expansion will unlock the Nagahide Welwa Ravager mount and the Nightmare Bear cub pet, with the latter only available until March 17 as a pre-order deadline. Even more pre-order bonuses are also on the way, including:
- Dremora Kynreeve outfit
- Deadlands Wamasu Pet
- 1 × Atronach iron crate
- 3 × Blackwood Treasure Maps
- 2 × experience scrolls
For those who already own the previous chapters of the game and the base title itself, there is the Blackwood Upgrade Edition of the expansion and the Upgrade Collector’s Edition. For those who don’t already own the game, there are the standard Blackwood and Blackwood Collector’s Edition options which include the previous expansions and the base game itself.
“Including the Imperial City of Leyawiin (first featured in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion), Niben Forest, and the open wetlands of Blackwood Bog, you’ll have the opportunity to explore a diverse land in conflict, investigate the emerging Daedric threat, and uncover all new stories, challenges and rewards not found elsewhere in Tamriel, ”Bethesda Softworks tells us of the story ahead.
In the main storyline of Blackwood, you’ll investigate a plot involving the Emperors exiled from the Longhouses and uncover a deadly pact that wreaks havoc on the people of Blackwood. Behind all of this, of course, is the Prince of Destruction, Mehrunes Dagon himself, but what exactly are his plans for Blackwood and Tamriel?
While this is a standalone tale that can be enjoyed on its own, the events of the Blackwood Chapter story progress into the larger Gates of Oblivion narrative that begins with the Flames of Ambition DLC and will continue throughout. the rest of the year.
The most important? Companions. The single player counterparts of the Elder Scrolls games include companions who have their own skills; these are characters that add an extra RPG element to connect players to the story. For the first time, ESO is adding companions to online play, which gives a chance to specify them. It also gives fans a chance to form meaningful relationships with them and enjoy the world of Tamriel with some help without feeling pressured into playing with other players.
Thoughts on everything that has been revealed so far in the latest Elder Scrolls Online showcase highlighting what’s new in Oblivion? Are you eager to learn more about the backstory that created the beloved title of Elder Scrolls IV? Sound off in the comments section below! And for those who are interested in physical goods to ring in the new expansion, there is an exclusive statue of Oblivion found to the right here.