THE EL­DER SCROLLS ON­LINE: SUM­MER­SET

Pre­pare to ex­plore the is­land home of the High Elves, in the next El­der Scrolls On­line up­date

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Dragon Knights, Sor­cer­ers, Tem­plars, and Night­blades re­joice, be­cause The El­der Scrolls On­line: Sum­mer­set is land­ing in June, and it fea­tures a huge new area to ex­plore. The up­date to the MMORPG will let play­ers ven­ture over to Sum­mer­set Isle, the home of the High Elves—an area that play­ers haven’t seen since The El­der Scrolls:

Arena in the dark ages of 1994. Suf­fice to say, the world of Tam­riel looks a lot bet­ter this time around.

The chap­ter will not only give play­ers a new lo­ca­tion to scout, it also brings a fresh skill line with new mag­i­cal pow­ers to mas­ter, an ex­panded craft­ing sys­tem, and a con­tin­u­a­tion of the flow­ing story of the game. In to­tal this up­date of­fers around 30 hours of ex­tra story con­tent, and in it play­ers will face the Daedric con­spir­acy, and fight to save Tam­riel once again. Queen Ayrenn has opened Sum­mer­set to for­eign­ers by royal de­cree, giv­ing you the chance to see more of the trop­i­cal la­goons, cliff­side vis­tas, and man­i­cured cities that re­flect the so­phis­ti­ca­tion of High Elf so­ci­ety. In our jeans and t-shirt combo we should fit right in.

The up­date is de­signed for both new and ex­ist­ing play­ers to be able to ex­plore—Bethesda have promised level-ap­pro­pri­ate con­tent for all play­ers, whether they’re new to the ti­tle or have been liv­ing their life as a Tem­plar for the last few years. Ex­ist­ing play­ers will be able to up­grade their pur­chase to in­clude the new Chap­ter through the store, and there will also be a stand­alone retail and dig­i­tal pack avail­able con­tain­ing the base game and this Chap­ter.

Sage ad­vice

There’s more to ex­plore, too. Play­ers will be able to ven­ture to is­land of Ar­taeum, home to the mys­te­ri­ous Psi­jic Or­der—a group of sages that ex­isted long be­fore the Mages Guild. When you reach the is­land, you’ll need to join these mys­te­ri­ous mages to gain ac­cess to their mys­ti­cal pow­ers, unlocking pow­er­ful new abil­i­ties that will help you save the world. Again. It’s be­com­ing a habit, re­ally, isn’t it?

As if new is­lands, new sto­ries, and new abil­i­ties weren’t enough, you’ll now also be able to boost your abil­i­ties with one of the play­ers’ most re­quested fea­tures—jew­elry craft­ing. You’ll have the chance to forge po­tent new gear to bol­ster your power for your new ad­ven­tures, us­ing your ex­pe­ri­ence and re­sources to gain an ad­van­tage on your lat­est quest. We’re keep­ing our fin­gers crossed for a fetch­ing pair of pearl ear­rings and a fancy brooch.

This up­date is the sec­ond an­nual ‘Chap­ter’ re­lease—Bethesda an­nounced last year that it would be re­leas­ing one ma­jor Chap­ter each year fea­tur­ing new ar­eas and other up­grades, as well as smaller, more stan­dard DLC re­leases more reg­u­larly through the year. The Mor­rowind re­lease in 2017 gained mostly pos­i­tive re­views, and we’ll be go­ing hands-on with Sum­mer­set in the next is­sue to see how it com­pares.

“You’ll have the chance to forge po­tent new gear to bol­ster your power”

TESO: Sum­mer­set will be avail­able on June 5 for Xbox One play­ers.

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