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The 'Elder Kings 2' Release Date Announced — September 30, 2022
Elder Kings 2 is a total conversion fan mod for the strategy game Crusader Kings III, based on the Elder Scrolls main series as well as Elder Scrolls Online. Choose any ruler on Tamriel and Yokuda to steer your dynasty through the turmoil of the Interregnum, a time without a Dragonborn Emperor on the Ruby Throne, starting from either 2E 440 or 2E 450. Aside from the classic 10 playable races of TES, Elder Kings II allows the player to control others such as Lilmothiit, Tsaesci, Ayleids, even Goblins and many more.
Elder Kings 2 will release on 11.11.22 via the Steam Workshop and a direct download.
Watch the release date announcement trailer here: https://youtu.be/9JUou7oGx1o
You can learn more about this mod in its article.
Stadia is Shutting Down — September 30, 2022
Google has today announced that it will be shutting down its cloud gaming service Stadia on January 18, 2023. This will affect players of Elder Scrolls Online who have purchased the game through Stadia. The Stadia store has been taken offline, so it is no longer possible to purchase Elder Scrolls Online on Stadia. Those who already own the game can continue to use the service until January. Google has confirmed that refunds will be given for all software and hardware purchases made through Stadia.
Stadia uses the same megaservers as PC/Mac, so no account migration will be required once you own the game on PC or through Steam. If transitioning from Stadia to PC, be aware that running the game locally has higher network requirements than streaming from the cloud.
Skyrim Anniversary Edition on Switch and GOG — September 29, 2022
The Anniversary Edition upgrade for Skyrim is now available on Nintendo Switch. It can be purchased separately or as an upgrade for those who already own Skyrim on Switch. The original Switch version of the game has also received a free update to include the Fishing, Rare Curios, Survival Mode, and Saints & Seducers Creations.
This release coincided with Skyrim becoming available from GOG. This is the first time Skyrim has been released DRM-free on PC. Both Special Edition and Anniversary Edition are available from the store. GOG also allows for game version rollback and disabling of automatic updates for those who wish to use certain mods.
New Elder Scrolls Board Game Betrayal of the Second Era Unveiled on Gamefound — September 21, 2022
Details about a new board game set in the Elder Scrolls universe has reached Gamefound, Betrayal of the Second Era. Set during the events of Elder Scrolls Online, the game has you combat the machinations of the Order of the Black Worm. The game will have you journey across Black Marsh, Cyrodiil, High Rock, Morrowind, and Skyrim to complete quests, with expansions planned for Hammerfell, Summerset Isles, and Valenwood (omitting Elsweyr at this time). The game will support one to four players, and will feature character creation and development, with thirty main quest stories. A game session consists of choosing a quest and province, with an endgame based on choices made if you reach a third session with a character.
You can learn more about this game on the Gamefound page.
Firesong and Updated 36 Now Available for Public Testing — September 19, 2022
Battlespire and Redguard Now Available Through PC Game Pass — August 18, 2022
Battlespire and Redguard have been added to Game Pass on PC, giving more players access to the third and fourth games released as part of the larger Elder Scrolls franchise. Notably the announcement specified that access was for PC only, likely because they were never originally ported for consoles. Besides these classic TES titles, the announcement also revealed that Quake 4, Wolfenstein 3d, and Return to Castle Wolfenstein would also be coming to the PC version of Game Pass. As a smaller bonus, Ultimate Game Pass subscribers will also have all champions unlocked in Quake Champions as a perk for their membership. Unsurprisingly considering the number of classic id Software titles included, this was timed to coincide with this year's QuakeCon.
Elder Scrolls Online Free to Play from August 16 - 29 — August 16, 2022
Elder Scrolls Online is holding a free to play event until August 29th on all platforms. This comes with the noted exclusion of the Steam version of the game for the PC version, and Xbox players will still need Xbox Live Gold to access online features. During this window players will have access to the base game of Elder Scrolls Online, as well as the Vvardenfell zone which was originally part of the Morrowind Chapter. The event coincides with QuakeCon, a convention which began as a gathering of Quake/id Software fans in 1996. id Software would begin taking over organization of the event in 1999, and after id was acquired by ZeniMax in 2009 the event began incorporating other ZeniMax properties. The free to play event also takes place at the same time as an ongoing sale of the game, set to end the day after the free to play access ends.
You can see the official announcement here, and you can learn more about this game on our article.
Elder Scrolls Online: Lost Depths Announced — July 11, 2022
Billy Kametz Passes Away, Aged 35 — June 9, 2022
Billy Kametz, the voice of numerous characters in The Elder Scrolls Online, has passed away on June 9th at age 35 after a fight with stage IV colon cancer. Kametz announced his diagnosis in April, and his GoFundMe for health treatment received over $190,000 from supportive fans. The ESO Twitter said "We are deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of Billy Kametz. Billy was a talented voice actor and singer who voiced several NPCs for ESO, including some found in the High Isle Chapter. Our sympathies and condolences are with his family and loved ones." His voice roles include Josuke Higashikata in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, Naofumi in The Rising of The Shield Hero, Galo in Promare, Niccolo in Attack on Titan, White Blood Cell in Cells at Work!, and Rui in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. He is survived by his family and his girlfriend, Erica Lindbeck.
Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle Releases on PC — June 6, 2022
The next Chapter for Elder Scrolls Online has released on PC. High Isle is part of the ongoing Legacy of the Bretons story arc. In it, you will travel to the eponymous High Isle to investigate a plot threatening secret peace talks to end the Alliance War by the mysterious Ascendant Order. According to the estimates of ZeniMax Online Studios, this expansion features thirty hours worth of story content, beyond that, new notable features include:
The console release date is set for June 21st. You can learn more about what you will find in High Isle here. You can also see the official cinematic trailer here and view the official page on the new Chapter here.
Arena, Daggerfall, Battlespire, and Redguard Now On Steam — April 26, 2022
As part of their ongoing move to sunset the Bethesda Launcher, Bethesda has brought many of their older titles to Steam. For The Elder Scrolls series, this includes Arena, Daggerfall, Battlespire, and Redguard. This follows yesterday's release of the Creation Kit for Skyrim Special Edition on Steam.
The version of Arena featured on the Steam store is the floppy disk version of the game, and the Steam version of Daggerfall is unpatched. Many community-compiled installers have been made for Arena and Daggerfall over the years that seek to offer a better installation experience. These installers are available on our Arena Files page and Daggerfall Files page. We also have an installation guide for Daggerfall Unity, a fan-made Daggerfall recreation.
It's also worth noting that Steam's version of Battlespire does not include that game's multiplayer mode, and the version of Redguard offered does not include HD Glide rendering. For these features, you will need to buy these games from GOG, where they have been available for purchase since 2015.
Update: Steam's version of Arena has been updated to the CD version, and Daggerfall has been updated to the latest patch (although it still lacks the CompUSA Special Edition patch). Redguard has also been updated to include Glide rendering.