The Elder Scrolls Online
A new isle signals a new beginning
Alive And kicking
1 It may have launched in 2014 and been subject to some pretty sizable changes in the intervening years, but The Elder Scrolls Online is better than it has ever been. Zenimax Online has quietly put in fantastic work to ESO; the servers are stable, the console optimisation is pretty incredible and there’s such a wealth of content available. Every Elder Scrolls fan needs to try it for themselves.
A new Expansion
2 ESO has been supported by a large variety of content updates over the years, but it’s the sizeable expansion chapters that have truly impressed. The release of Morrowind in 2017 was remarkable, whisking players away to Vvardenfell for the first time since the release of the 2002 cult classic The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. That’s why excitement is running high for Zenimax Online’s latest, Summerset.
(re)introduces SUMMERSET ISLES
3 The new expansion Summerset is, for all intents and purposes, effectively a brand-new area of Tamriel for fans to explore. The Summerset Isles were a group of islands first introduced in series originator The Elder Scrolls: Arena back in 1994 though it barely scratched the surface of this lush and beautiful land. Trust us, this has been a long time coming.
THE game is huge
4 Zenimax is going all out with this one. The Summerset Isles are big, like, really big. The studio has promised that the area is even larger than that of ESO: Morrorwind’s Vvardenfell. Good thing, because the Isles are not only going to conclude the epic Daedric drama that’s kept the story rolling along since 2015’s Orsinium DLC, but it’s also going to introduce a bunch of new content too.
A new world Order
5 The various guilds and orders scattered across Tamriel often provide the very best quest-lines. That’s why we are excited to join up with the Psijic Order for the very first time, as well as their secretive home city of Artaeum. It’s here where you’ll be able to gain a new combat skill line and begin to wield control over time itself as you study with the mages of the Psijic Order.
new pve challenges
6 To celebrate the release of the Summerset Isles, Zenimax has designed a brandnew series of PVE challenges to be played with friends (or randoms that you can pull together on the forums for that matter). Cloudrest is an all-new 12-player trial, featuring a variety of new Delves and Bosses to study and defeat.
Its difficulty is based on the bosses you take on or skip.
welcoming TO newbies
7 If you’re a brand-new player to ESO, you need not worry. The game’s unique chapter structure and level-scaling means that the new content is easily accessible, fun and engaging regardless of your experience. A starter area in the Summerset Isles will get you up to speed quickly, cutting down on the time it’ll take before you can sink your teeth into the good stuff.
plenty for VETERANS
8 Veteran players need not worry about starting a new warrior. Once you purchase the new expansion you’ll be able to take your hero straight into the new zone – or start a new character entirely, it’s up to you! Of course, with Jewellery Crafting being introduced as a new crafting skill, it may be worth taking your levelled character over to get a head start on obtaining that powerful new gear.
THE STABLE SERVERS
9 This isn’t Zenimax’s first attempt at getting expansions online. Those in the care of MMOS often suffer when launching large new content, with the servers buckling under the pressure of new and returning players eager to see what all the fuss is about. But ESO has only continued to grow; Zenimax and Bethesda have invested heavily in the game, so you should expect minimal disruption on launch week.
IT’S coming SOON
10 If you’re excited about jumping into and exploring the Summerset Isles, you’ll be happy to learn that it is scheduled to launch on 5 June 2018. Prepurchase bonuses are in play for any of you that just can’t wait and, for any of you that are still on the fence about trying ESO, you’ll be happy to hear that free game weeks are scheduled around the launch.