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Scribes of Fate and Update 37 for Elder Scrolls Online Released — March 13, 2023
The Elder Scrolls Online: Scribes of Fate is now live on the PC/Mac megaserver, alongside Update 37. Scribes of Fate begins the Shadow Over Morrowind story arc by taking you to the dungeons of Bal Sunnar and Scrivener's Hall. Bal Sunnar will take you to a Telvanni town experiencing an anomaly that threatens to spread across all of Morrowind. Scrivener's Hall brings you into conflict with the Scribes of Mora, Hermaeus Mora cultists who have given up their cataloging work and morphed into dangerous zealots.
The update will be making its way to PlayStation and Xbox March 28th. You can see the official announcement here.
Morrowind Free for Amazon Prime Subscribers Through GOG — February 02, 2023
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind's Game of the Year Edition is temporarily free for Amazon Prime members. A free code can be obtained to redeem the game on GOG until March 02, 2023.
You can receive your code by going to the Prime Gaming website.
Elder Scrolls Online Reveals Necrom Chapter and Shadow Over Morrowind Story Arc — January 27, 2023
The Developer_Direct show from Microsoft and Bethesda officially revealed the next upcoming Chapter to Elder Scrolls Online, Necrom. Necrom will be part of the Shadow Over Morrowind story arc, the seventh main story arc for the game to date. This Chapter will take you to the southern portion of the Telvanni Peninsula, including the eponymous city of Necrom. You will also explore the Daedric Plane of Apocrypha, as you become involved in the secrets kept by Hermaeus Mora. The Telvanni Peninsula and Apocrypha will act as two separate zones.
Shadow Over Morrowind will begin with the Scribes of Fate dungeon pack. The two new dungeons included in the pack are Bal Sunnar in Stonefalls and Scrivener's Hall in the Rift. Bal Sunnar will involve time travel, House Telvanni, and the Daedric Prince Peryite. Scrivener's Hall will have you in conflict with Scribes of Mora dedicated to mapping Oblivion, and aided by a friendly Watcher named Zilipif.
The accompanying update to the game for Scribes of Fate will include numerous quality of life changes. This includes improvements to the housing tabs, listing of home's current occupants, ability to kick people out of houses, ability to reset dummies while in combat, display name of item that you're hovering over, and a list of items to purchase. The update will also include three Rewards of the Worthy sets in light, medium, and heavy variants. and new Alliance Face Emblems.
The Necrom Chapter will have you join the service of the Daedric Prince Hermaeus Mora as some of his most closely guarded secrets are threatened by a conspiracy that threatens to unravel reality itself. You will be joined on your journey by new allies, such as the Leramil the Wise who previously sent out letters requesting aid. There will also be returning faces, such as the fan favorite Morag Tong assassin Naryu Virian.
A previously teased major addition to the game will be the new Arcanist class, which will be the seventh in the game's run. The Arcanist class is heavily tied to Apocrypha and Hermaeus Mora, and draws its power from that Plane of Oblivion. The class will feature a new mechanic known as Crux, which will build up as Arcanist abilities are activated, and can be spent to enhance other abilities.
ESO will be expanding its companion system once more with two new additions, Azandar Al-Cybiades and Sharp-As-Night. Azandar Al-Cybiades is a Redguard Arcanist described as a cross between "Willy Wonka and Dumbledore", and Sharp-As-Night is an Argonian Warden searching for answers about his lost past.
A plethora of specific details about the plans for next year have been unveiled or mentioned in some capacity, a list of some of the more notable additions includes:
- A tome of the knowledge you accrued while dealing with Hermaeus Mora.
- Almalexia Tales of Tribute deck.
- New antiquities/collectibles/achievements/titles.
- Pre-made group finder.
- New endless dungeons.
- A new Trial.
A cinematic trailer was released along with the announcement. You can watch the Developer_Direct here, and the standalone ESO after show here. Numerous official articles have been released covering all of this, including one on pre-purchase rewards, the Telvanni Peninsula and Apocrypha zones, Shadow Over Morrowind itself, the Arcanist class, and the Scribes of Fate DLC.
Letters Mailed Teasing Upcoming Elder Scrolls Online Content for 2023 — January 17, 2023
More letters have been sent to influencers in the Elder Scrolls Online community to hint at the upcoming releases to the game. Addressing readers as "Proxy", the letter claims to be from a previously unmet individual known as Leramil the Wise. It reads:
- The tide of fate swirls around you with glorious fury, and has chosen you to serve as its surrogate in a crisis most perilous. The future of at least two worlds hangs in the balance. Your talent for changing destiny has been noticed, hence the reason for this letter.
- Many paths lead forward, but only one ends with the survival of Nirn. At this particular moment, in this specific instance, you must be the thread that keeps reality itself from unraveling.
- I shall summon you as soon as the inescapable fortunes of consequence show me where we are needed most.
- Leramil the Wise
Notably, when exposed to a blacklight, the letter reveals a symbol of the Daedric Prince Hermaeus Mora. The letter also references a "tide of fate", with Hermaeus Mora previously claiming the title of "Master of the Tides of Fate" and being referred to as the "Tides". Although more speculative, it may be worth noting that the hidden symbol required a blacklight to be revealed, and one of the remaining notable locations of Tamriel that Elder Scrolls Online has yet to visit is the Redoran capital city of Blacklight.
You can view our article on this letter here.
Skyblivion Release Year Announced for 2025 — January 15, 2023
Skyblivion, a community effort to remake The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in the iteration of the game engine from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has officially announced that the project will be made available to the public by 2025. The project first began development in 2012, and has been worked on by a team of volunteers since then. Skyblivion will bring with it the entirety of Oblivion into Skyrim, including all of its expansions, some cut content, and brand new additions.
A copy of Oblivion and Skyrim with all expansions on the PC will be required to be able to play Skyblivion. An official announcement trailer can be viewed here. You can find out more about the project, as well as volunteer, over on the Skyblivion website.
Xbox and Bethesda to Hold Presentation on Upcoming Games — January 11, 2023
After a considerable pause in news from Microsoft-held studios, Xbox and Bethesda have announced an upcoming Developer_Direct, a presentation on upcoming games hosted by their studios. Noted presentations will include Arkane Austin discussing Redfall, Mojang Studios for Minecraft Legends, Turn 10 Studios presenting Forza Motorsport, and ZeniMax Online Studios showing Elder Scrolls Online. Notably absent is Bethesda Game Studios itself, which will instead be hosting a separate show on Starfield at a different date.
ZeniMax Online Studios will be making an announcement about this year's plans for Elder Scrolls Online during the Developer_Direct, before hosting its own separate Global Reveal Event immediately after the completion of the show at 3:45PM ET. ESO players who stay for the second show will receive the Ritual Casting emote as a Twitch drop.
The Developer_Direct will be held on January 25th, starting at 3PM ET and scheduled to end at 3:45PM ET. You can view Bethesda's official announcement on their website.
Tales of Tamriel Extralife Marathon — 2 December 2022
LotusOfDoom from the Tales of Tamriel is hosting a streaming marathon this weekend, 3-4 December 2022, to support the #ExtraLife charity. The UESP is matching donations up to $3000 as well as donating a few of our Patreon rewards for giveaways. Check them out this weekend and help a worthy cause!
Beyond Skyrim on Facebook — November 27, 2022
As many are likely aware by now, Beyond Skyrim's Facebook page has been hacked. They're asking everyone to please join them at their new page.
Tamriel Rebuilt Releases Dominions of Dust and Embers of Empire — November 24, 2022
Tamriel Rebuilt is a mod for Morrowind which adds the mainland of the province to the game, piece by piece.
Release 22.11 adds two major expansions to the game world:
- Dominions of Dust is a dangerous, sparsely inhabited borderland southwest of Vvardenfell, in contention between Great Houses Hlaalu and Redoran. The exception is the city of Andothren, a huge Hlaalu trade port on the Inner Sea.
- Embers of Empire completely overhauls the western shore of the Telvanni peninsula with its Imperial settlements of Firewatch and Helnim—the lone outposts of Imperial power in this most hostile part of Morrowind.
Combined, the two expansions include new land areas three times the size of Bloodmoon and about 200 new or overhauled quests, bringing the total quest count of Tamriel Rebuilt to parity with the vanilla game and expansions.
Download links and detailed information about new features are available on Tamriel Rebuilt's website.
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.
Update 20 October 2022: ZeniMax have announced that Stadia players will be able to log in and download ESO for free on PC/Mac.
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
Firesong and Update 36 for Elder Scrolls Online is now available on the Public Test Server. This fourth quarter update brings to a close the Legacy of the Bretons story arc. Firesong returns to the Systres with the islands of Galen and Y'ffelon, almost entirely controlled by the druids besides the House Mornard city of Vastyr. The area is wrought with danger brought on from the eponymous Firesong Circle waging war and simulataneous Sea Elf raids.
You can see the official announcement here and a breakdown of new additions to the game here. You can also find the patch notes for Update 36 here.
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.
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Volendrung is an artifact associated with the Daedric Prince Malacath, stolen by Sheogorath to keep the other Princes on their toes and bring more chaos to the Three Banners War. It was added into ESO with the release of the Elsweyr chapter. For more information on the backstory behind Volendrung, see the lore article. (more...)
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- ... that the Forsworn captured the Reach in 4E 174 and held it until it was retaken by Ulfric Stormcloak in 4E 176?
- ... that the Psijic Order has removed their home isle of Artaeum from the world twice?
- ... that Shadowkey's multiplayer mode actually takes place in a shadow realm, where you can aid another version of yourself?
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