Xenophobic elves and purple dragons
Massive multiplayer online games are a big commitment. While you can ditch your job and put your children up for adoption, it’s essentially impossible to give up on an MMO once it has its grip on you.
The latest series trying to take over your life is The Elder Scrolls Online. Following last year’s nostalgic Morrowind chapter, the next expansion will be Summerset, letting you loose on a region that hasn’t been explored since 1994’s The Elder Scrolls: Arena. You see, Summerset’s borders have been shut for a long time, but now Queen Ayrenn has ordered them to be opened, allowing you and your merry band of online pals to wander in. Not everyone’s chuffed about this, and it’s your job to help soothe the growing tensions between the different factions.
But if the likes of griffins and unicorns are one step too far into nerdvana for you, then you might want to look elsewhere. While games like Skyrim and Oblivion were dominated by human-centric stories and settings, Summerset is more in the vein of Morrowind, diving down the fantasy rabbit-hole. Combat is pretty basic, but as wizardry is a big deal in these parts you’ll be experimenting with a lot more spells. These include being able to temporarily freeze time as well as meditation skills, which replenish health, stamina and magicka.
It’s way too early to offer a definitive verdict, but this Summerset expansion already feels like a fascinating addition to an already monstrous game, and one that has a lot to offer both newcomers and veterans.