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The Elder Scrolls Online
The Elder Scrolls Online

PC | PlayStation 4 | Xbox One
Genre: Role Playing
Developer: Zenimax Online Official Site: http://www.elderscrolls.com/
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Wednesday, 4 November 2020
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We sit down with The Elder Scrolls Online composer Brad Derrick to talk about the Dark Heart of Skyrim and composing new music for one of the most iconic locations in all of gaming.


AusGamers: Skyrim has one of the most iconic soundtracks of all time, how did you approach those themes/motifs when scoring Greymoor?

Brad Derrick: From the very beginning, we knew that despite being set in Skyrim, this was not the "Skyrim" of The Elder Scrolls V. It had a different tone, a different identity. As such, the music also needed to support that and establish its own identity. That's just a fancy way of saying the music of Greymoor has no specific thematic ties to the music of TES V.

That being said, it was imperative that this score - like all scores for ESO - should still sit comfortably next to the entire canon of Elder Scrolls music… that it should sound like one piece of a larger whole. So while there are no literal musical connections to the music of the original Skyrim, there are broader stylistic ones - the expressive quality, haunting melodies, lush sonorities - elements that are the hallmarks of Elder Scrolls music.

Our Full The Elder Scrolls Online Interview
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The Elder Scrolls Online's 'Dark Heart of Skyrim' yearlong narrative concludes with the Markarth DLC - available now on PC and coming November 10 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Ahead of its launch we got our very own grand-tour of the iconic stony city and its surrounding areas.


This year The Elder Scroll Online has made the trek back to the icy tundras and wind-swept mountains of Skyrim at large, using the iconic location as the setting for its year-long The Dark Heart of Skyrim narrative. Which, as per the title, has been dealing with all manner of vampiric redness and werewolf-y wolf-ness – brought to the fore in the major Greymoor expansion from earlier this year.

The yearlong story is set to conclude with Markarth – with players venturing out to the Reach, alive and bustling with activity, embarking on a new quest. Albeit said activity comes via ESO’s very different timeline, where the difference sits at around 1,000 years or so from the events in The Elder Scrolls V. As the snowiest and rockiest region in Skyrim, the blend of ancient structures and harsh conditions presents a different feel to the areas found in Greymoor. Which is very cool because Markarth and the Reach have always stood out as distinct and very different, not only in terms of Skyrim, but The Elder Scrolls as a whole.

Our Full The Elder Scrolls Online Markarth DLC Feature.
Monday, 21 September 2020
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The Elder Scrolls Online’s Dark Heart of Skyrim culminated with the release of the massive Greymoor expansion. Which took players back to Skyrim in an experience set a thousand years before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, with a tale involving both vampires and werewolves.

And now, Markarth is set to continue and conclude that journey with the introduction of a new zone and story set in the Reach.

Bethesda and Zenimax have put up the following deep dive covering the year and what Markaarth will bring. That being, a showdown with a powerful Vampire Lord.


Explore a dangerous new zone with the Reach, gather a band of unlikely allies, and confront a Vampire Lord and his ancient army. Markarth also introduces a new solo arena, Vateshran Hollows, designed to test the strength, wits, and resolve of players with challenging bosses, multiple unlockable paths, and powerful, hidden secrets.

Markarth is set to drop on November 2 for PC, Mac, and November 10 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Also, a free Markarth Prologue questline is now live that sets up the new story and the Dark Heart of Skyrim conclusion.
Monday, 24 August 2020
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Following up from the Greymoor expansion released earlier this year, which presented a new campaign and storyline to playthrough, the team at Zenimax are now ready to unleash the Stonethorn DLC Dungeon Pack for The Elder Scrolls Online.

Which introduces a couple of brand-new locations, stories, and PvE challenges for players in the form of the Castle Thorn and Stone Garden dungeons. We sit down with The Elder Scrolls Online’s Lead Encounter Designer to talk about the evolution of dungeon design.
“I have one designer who is all about taking story elements to inform boss fights,” Mike Finnigan, Lead Encounter Designer on The Elder Scrolls Online tells me. We’re discussing what goes into designing boss encounters, those long protracted and involved combat scenarios found across the game’s many dungeons. “They’ll ask why is this boss here? What is their motivation?” he continues, noting that some team members go full method – channelling their inner Al Pacino or Daniel Day Lewis.

“Another designer might take inspiration from other games they’re playing and ask themselves how they might incorporate some of that into The Elder Scrolls Online,” Mike adds. “It's different by designer, and whatever designer we have on a boss fight dictates the approach. Really, I just let them run with whatever method works best for them, but at every stage in the process we're always bringing it back to theme.”

Our Full The Elder Scrolls Online Stonethorn Interview
Tuesday, 12 May 2020
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Even though we've got some time on our hands before we get more juicy The Elder Scrolls VI info, we don't have long to wait before the release of the next The Elder Scrolls Online expansion. Called Greymoor it invites players to explore "the dark heart of Skyrim", with a return to the iconic location - now embroiled in a plot involving arcane magic, vampires, and the red stuff we all have inside.

Due for release May 26 for PC/Mac and June 9 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the latest trailer gives us a look at the darker and more sinister narrative found in The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor.


An ancient evil rises in The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor, and a monstrous army marches on the Nords of Western Skyrim from below. Confront a fallen legion in this latest Chapter of The Elder Scrolls Online saga and continue your Dark Heart of Skyrim year-long adventure. Skyrim needs heroes—will you answer the call?

Recently we had the chance to go hands-on with an early previous build of Greymoor and were impressed by the size and scope of the offering. One of the cool features is the ability to delve into Blackreach, the huge underground ruins found in Skyrim will play a major role in the expansion. Also the new treasure hunting Antiquities system will let players don their best Indiana Jones style hats as they head out in search of rare treasures that, naturally, belong in a museum.
Tuesday, 17 December 2019
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In addition to the major expansion, The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr, the yearlong Season of the Dragon narrative concluded with the release of Dragonhold - as highlighted in a new cinematic trailer. But, right at the end we get a little teaser as to where the game is headed next. And that location is - Skyrim.

The setting which no doubt many associate with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - playable on just about every platform in the known universe. With a full reveal set to come in mid-January, here's the cinematic trailer that showcases the dramatic climax to a year of dragons.



No details have emerged so far other than Skyrim will play host to 2020's yearlong adventure and new Season which will let players explore the "Dark Heart of Skyrim". If this year is anything to go by we can expect to see an introductory bit of DLC arrive in the early parts of the year with a full-szied expansion to follow sometime later.

The full reveal is set to take place 8am AEST on January 17, 2020.
Friday, 4 October 2019
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In a new charitable initiative The Elder Scrolls Online developer ZeniMax Online Studios is partnering with GlobalGiving, Best Friends Animal Society (North America), and FOUR PAWS (pan-European) to raise money to save real-life cats alongside the digital Khajiit kind. With the recent release of The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr taking place in the home of the feline, special in-game events will see the studio donate up to $200,000 USD.

And the premise makes sense, the Dragon Rise event kicking off this weekend and running up to October 14 will task players will taking down dragons. An act that will save the in-game cats - Khajiit - and see Bethesda donate $1 USD for every five dragons taken down split evenly across the aforementioned charities.

With more in-game event as per below coming.
Witches Festival – October 24 through November 4
    The grim spectacle of the Witches Festival once again returns to Tamriel. Take part in the ghastly celebration to enjoy bonus XP gains and earn terrifying rewards.

Undaunted Celebration – November 14 through November 18
    Take on random dungeons via the Dungeon Finder to earn Mysterious Reward Boxes that contain in-game rewards including Motif Chapters, weapon styles, and more.

Dawn of the Dragonguard – November 26 through December 9
    Hunt down Elsweyr’s most dangerous monsters with your fellow players and you’ll earn new in-game loot. And remember, for every five Dragons slain during the time period, we’ll donate $1 to the #SlayDragonsSaveCats campaign.

New Life Festival – December 19 through January 2
    Celebrate the end of another amazing year in Tamriel with the New Life Festival. The merry event returns with a host of fun quests and festive holiday rewards for all, including XP-boosting collectables, unique furnishings, and more.

A great cause to be sure - not that we needed anymore reasons to slay dragons.
Wednesday, 5 June 2019
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Which explains the 40GB update The Elder Scrolls Online was downloading the other day on our Xbox One X. New expansion time! After recent adventures into Morrowind and Summerset, Elsewyr has players heading out to the home of talking cats (i.e. Khajiit) to face a new Imperial and dragon threat.

With the following launch trailer showcasing just that, in addition to highlighting Elsewyr as more than a collection of deserts and mountains.



In addition to the new lengthy quest and location to explore, Elsewyr also sees the introduction of a new class - the Necromancer. Which will allow players to "command the dead and cast powerful spells to overcome their foes and bolster defenses".

With The Elder Scrolls Online getting these annual expansions, this time around the new Season of the Dragon will intorduce a year-long interconnected story with new adventures released periodically. For more on Elsewyr and the above be sure to check out our interview with Rich Lambert, Creative Director at Zenimax Online Studios.
Thursday, 28 February 2019
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Available now on PC and coming to PS4 and Xbox One on March 12, Wrathstone introduces two new cinematic dungeons that kicks off a year-long story that leads into the upcoming Elsweyr expansion in June. Which as per the name of the season introduces dragons into The Elder Scrolls Online.

The two new dungeons are highlighted in the following trailer - Depths of Malatar and Frostvault.


ESO heroes are tasked with fighting their way through the dungeons to retrieve both halves of the Wrathstone tablet. Depths of Malatar will send you to an ancient Ayleid ruin hidden under a secret Imperial fort while Frostvault guides you through a trap-filled, automaton-occupied, Goblin-inhabited, Dwarven vault.

Wrathstone is free for those with ESO Plus membership and available to purchase via the in-game Crown Store for everyone else. As part of a new update to the game, there's a new Zone Guide system being introduced which sounds perfect for completionists. Basically it lets you track progress for each and ever zone in Tamriel offering markers and ways to find and complete all of the Quests and Delves in addition to finding all the hidden Skyshards.

For more on The Elder Scrolls Online in 2019 check out our interview with Rich Lambert, Creative Director Zenimax Online Studios.
Wednesday, 16 January 2019
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The next major expansion coming to The Elder Scrolls Online, building on the success of both Morrowind and Summerset, is called Elsweyr (and we're assuming it's pronounced 'elsewhere') and is set to launch June 4 for PC/Mac, PS4, and Xbox One. In addition to taking players to the Khajiiti homeland for a new quest the expansion will also introduce a new class - the Necromancer.

Very cool. Here's the cinematic announcement trailer.


Previously, you have been able to explore the province of Elsweyr in The Elder Scrolls: Arena and its outer edges in ESO’s regions of Reaper’s March and Khenarthi’s Roost, but in this new adventure, you can fully experience the home of Tamriel’s beloved cat people. In Elsweyr, you can traverse both fertile grasslands and scorching deserts, interact with moon-sugar farmers and wandering nomads, or confront merciless Imperial occupiers and roaming bandits. In this new Chapter, you can truly dive into the life, history, culture, and mythology of the Khajiit and their homeland.


Which also features dragons, and plays into the new year-long Season of the Dragon event that kicks off in February with the Wrathstone DLC dungeon pack - with further updates coming throughout the year. Weirdly enough this is the first time dragons have been seen in The Elder Scrolls Online and will play a major role in both the new season of content and of course the new Elsweyr expansion. Which is being described as being as large and expansive as Summerset and Morrowind. And like the Morrowind expansion new players will be able to jump straight in and begin their journey in Elsweyr.

Which is also great for veteran players as they'll be able to check out the new Necromancer class in a new land filled with quests, delves, dungeons, and the new dragon attack World Events. Great news for The Elder Scrolls Online fans - we're loving the yearly expansions.
Wednesday, 24 October 2018
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On PC, as The Elder Scrolls Online players on PS4 and Xbox One will need to wait until November 7 to venture out into the swamp. The new expansion introduces the deep swampland and marshes of Murkmire - home to a group of Argonians. The DLC represents a feature packed but smaller expansion than last year's Summerset, continuing the recent trend of meaty yearly updates.


In the Murkmire DLC game pack, you are able to explore a new zone located on Black Marsh’s southern coast, experience a brand-new story questline, and test your mettle in the Blackrose Prison Arena.

Explore a New Zone

In this new zone, you can venture into the heart of Black Marsh to learn about the native Argonian people, their culture, and their history. In addition to the main story, this new zone is packed full of new adventures to experience, including unique quests, Delves, World Bosses, and countless other dangers that lurk in the deep swamp.

Recover a Piece of Murkmire’s History

In Murkmire’s story questline, you shall work to investigate the long-forgotten past of this remote and unforgiving land and help an Imperial scholar search for an ancient and powerful Argonian relic. Ready your supplies and prepare to embark into a world secluded from Tamriel for centuries. You might even discover the hidden history of the Argonians themselves.

Face Blackrose Prison

If you’re looking for a fight, you and your companions will be challenged by Murkmire’s new four-player Arena, Blackrose Prison. In this former prison colony, you must face waves of monstrous beasts and Blackguard warriors in vicious combat. Be sure to make use of the new Sigils to survive, because should you claim victory, you’ll earn powerful new Blackrose weapons not found anywhere else in Tamriel!

As you explore, quest, and battle your way through the deep swamp, you’ll be rewarded with three new zone sets and unique, Murkmire-themed collectibles. Finally, this new zone also introduces the new Dead-Water motif style, acquired by completing daily quests – so get exploring!

And hopefully, a few vintage editions of The Lusty Argonian Maid. For the full patch notes - head here.
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
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The Elder Scrolls Online's next expansion is set to take players to the new location of Summerset. The Summerset Isles, which as per the latest location trailer looks to be the most fairy-tale like setting in the Elder Scrolls saga yet. We're talking massive Disney-like castles, lush green forests, and plenty of flowers. So many flowers.

But really, what we were to expect from the home of the High Elves. A dark craggy volcanic landscape? Nope.



On a personal note I think this looks awesome, and the giant castles and gardens add a very different flavour to likes of Morrowind or Skyrim. The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset will release for PC/Mac, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on the June 5, and introduces a new zone, story, faction, skill line, and the long awaited jewel crafting.
Thursday, 1 March 2018
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The Elder Scrolls Online: Dragon Bones is the latest DLC pack for the MMO that brings two new dungeons Scalecaller Peak and Fang Lair to the game. Which, admittedly look pretty cool. Alongside the release comes an update that brings improvements to player housing and some new maps for the PvP Battlegrounds mode.

The stars of the show no doubt are the new dungeons.



In Scalecaller Peak, the burial site of a long-dead Dragon Priest is now overrun with diseased cultists harboring an evil agenda: to unleash the deadliest plague Tamriel has ever known. You and your team must journey to Scalecaller Peak, battle your way through the cultists and their followers, and put an end to this threat.

Deep within the belly of Fang Lair, an ancient Dwarven ruin, a master of necromancy works a dark ritual in an effort to reanimate the bones of a once-living dragon. It's up to you and your companions to enter the dungeon, face the necromancers, and stop the ritual before this undead monstrosity can be unleashed on Tamriel.


The Dragon Bones DLC game is free for ESO Plus members and available for purchase in the in-game Crown Store for everyone else. The Elder Scrolls Online: Dragon Bones is also available on PC.
Thursday, 30 November 2017
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And in-game savings galore at the Crown Store. Unfortunately the free-to-play week excludes the Xbox One version and is limited to the PS4, PC, and Mac. But, on the plus side from December 1 through to December 7 you get the entire core experience of countless hours of adventuring through Tamriel - minus the recent Morrowind expansion.

For the duration of the event both ESO and the Morrowing expansion will be on sale up to 50% off.



The best bit though is the Special Dungeon Event, which runs from 2:00am AEDT/4:00am NZDT December 1 to 2:00am AEDT/4:00am NZDT December 7. Where all ESO players have a chance to win in-game rewards, including consumables and collectable prize packs that include pets, mounts, and costumes. All you need to do is fire up any random dungeon via the Dungeon Finder and you'll get a Mysterious Reward Box. This also extends to Free Play Week players too.

Oh, and 10 million players? Congrats ESO!
Wednesday, 25 October 2017
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With a console release to follow on November 7, alongside an update that will also enhance the game for Xbox One X consoles. Following up on the excellent Morrowind expansion from earlier this year, Clockwork City offers a new zone to explore with a new story to follow. An update that also introduces a new Transmutation System that will finally give players the opportunity to change item traits.

As per the notes the quest-line is said to be of the same length as recent expansions Dark Brotherhood and Thieves Guild. Although the DLC pack doesn't require a copy of the recent Morrowind expansion, story-wise it takes place after the events there and was even teased right at the very end with players getting an unforgettable glimpse at Clockwork City.

Journey into Sotha Sil’s Clockwork City, a great and intricate mechanism that duplicates Tamriel in metallic miniature. Take on two dangerous world bosses, explore new delves and complete daily quests to earn a host of unique rewards.


Clockwork City is available now on PC and Mac free for ESO Plus subscribers or for 2,000 Crowns in the in-game store.
Thursday, 12 October 2017
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And it will be every bit the expansion like the excellent Orsinium and Morrowind. But of course, not as huge as the latter. Still, players will get over 10 hours of new content and a truly impressive new region to explore - Clockwork City.

“We chose the Clockwork City to be The Elder Scrolls Online’s next zone because it’s a unique location that we haven’t fully explored,” says Creative Director Rich Lambert. “This is Sotha Sil’s realm. It’s his interpretation of how the world looks, how it works, or perhaps how he wants it to be. The entire realm was fabricated, so it’s very different from what we’ve done before – which is really cool. And, of course, it’s Sotha Sil, and Elder Scrolls fans love Sotha Sil. He’s a mad genius.” 

“Ultimately, with this new zone we’re trying to give players the same kind of experience they had with ESO: Morrowind or the Orsinium DLC game pack,” says Lambert. “They get a new space to explore, a fantastic story to experience, and they get to understand a little bit more about the Clockwork City.”


Clockwork City is set to launch October 23 for PC and Mac, and November 7 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Free to ESO Plus subscribers or 2000 Crowns for everyone else. Players can get a sneak peak at Clockwork City right now thanks to a new Prologue Quest available at any of the Mages Guild headquarters spread throughout Tamriel. Although the DLC pack doesn't require a copy of the recent Morrowind expansion, story-wise it takes place after the events there and was even teased right at the very end with players getting an unforgettable glimpse at Clockwork City.

Imagine the insides of the biggest and most impressive clock you've ever seen but fashioned in the style of a city square.
Tuesday, 4 July 2017
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Starting tomorrow at 11pm AEST. What's ESO Plus? Well, remember how The Elder Scrolls Online began as subscription-based game and then changed to a buy once, play forever deal? ESO plus is the subscription-based portion of the game that gives players access to all DLC content like Thieves Guild, Dark Brotherhood, and Shadows of the Hist. Plus, stuff like huge stash spaces, Crowns to spend in the Crown Store, and being able to carry an unlimited amount of crafting materials.

Which means if you happened to get back into the game thanks to the recent, and very good, Morrowind expansion you can take your Warden and enroll them into both the Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood. Nice.

  • Simply log into The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Navigate to the Crown Store
  • View the ‘Featured’ category
  • Find and select the ESO Plus Free Trial


And voila, you'll be starting a life of crime and assassination in no time. Even if you've been the good Warden.

I guess this means I'll no longer be able to (ethically) don the Scarlet Judge costume anymore.



Who am I kidding, I'll never take it off. The Scarlet Judge will henceforth be known for killing as opposed for saving towns from corrupt officials and rich a**holes.
Wednesday, 7 June 2017
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The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind the new expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online that takes players back to the iconic location is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Bringing a new region to explore and over 30 hours of story content the expansion also benefits from years of improvements made to the game. Launch trailer after the jump.

And it looks good too, thanks to the introduction of volcanic activity and giant mushrooms.



A Massive New Zone -- Vvardenfell: The largest zone added to The Elder Scrolls Online since launch is also a nostalgic trip through one of the Elder Scrolls’ most beloved lands. Utilising the same geographic footprint as The Elder Scrolls III, including all key points of interest from the classic game,  Vvardenfell is painstakingly reimagined 700 years before the events of TES III, from the docks of Seyda Neen, through the volcanic Ashlands, the dense, mushroom-filled forests, and to the glory of Vivec City - still under construction in this time period.

New Class – The Warden: Players will harness nature-based magic to master the powerful new character class - The Warden. The Warden is the first new class since launch of ESO, and true to ESO and the Elder Scrolls franchise, the player will have the freedom to select from a number of abilities that enable a variety of play styles. The Warden also introduces a devastating new combat ally – the War Bear – a ferocious fighter that will stay by the Warden’s side through the most intense battles.

New PvP Mode – Battlegrounds: The Elder Scrolls Online is renowned for open world PvP battles, pitting hundreds of players in a massive battle for supremacy in Cyrodiil. The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind will introduce a new PvP mode – Battlegrounds – intense 4v4v4 battles in arena-like environments. Players take the battle to the Ashlands to claim their place among the fiercest and most accomplished combat veterans in Tamriel.


We'll be diving into the expansion over the next few days, so be sure to watch this space for impressions.
Tuesday, 30 May 2017
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At a recent hands-on event in a ridiculously opulent setting in rural NSW, we got to spend some quality time playing the next expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online. The one that as the title suggests, lets players revisit one of the most iconic locations from the series -- Vvardenfell. That place filled with giant mushrooms and strange creatures that made Elder Scrolls III: Morrowing such a special experience.

And this historic and visually impressive setting serves as great reminder that The Elder Scrolls Online provides the sort of RPG experience that will appeal to fans and newcomers alike.

Playing through the early moments of ESO’s Morrowind expansion it’s hard not to get swept up in the familiar yet very different setting of Vvardenfell. And even though ESO has included many other locations we’ve seen before, from Skyrim to Cyrodill, this is a Morrowind that has clearly benefited from over a decade of improvements made in graphic fidelity.

“With Morrowind, it's interesting, because everyone remembers the game from 2002, but that was still a long time ago, graphically speaking. And so, we kind of built it from the ground up,” Matt explains. “We went in and took the height map, you know, the actual graphical representation of the terrain, we lifted that from Elder Scrolls III, and then we kind of built it up from there, making sure that the scale was correct, and that it was not too big, and not too small. Then we used a lot of the reference materials for it, you know, the mushrooms, and the creatures, and Vivec city and things like that.”

The results speak for themselves.


Click Here to Read 'Giant Mushrooms and Bigger Volcanoes – Returning to Morrowind in The Elder Scrolls Online'
Monday, 29 May 2017
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Even though it's already playable for those that pre-ordered it on PC, the new Morrowind expansion for the Elder Scrolls Online makes its official debut on June 6. Which is when players across PC and console will be able to revisit the island of Vvardenfell, the iconic and mysterious land of giant mushrooms and slightly bigger volcanoes that has been stuck in the minds of Elder Scrolls fans since the release of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind back in 2002.

At a recent Elder Scrolls event in rural NSW we had the chance to play the expansion and talk to Elder Scrolls Online Game Director Matt Firor about revisiting and recreating such an iconic RPG location.

"We did [go back to the 2002 original]. There are extensive modding tools, for Elder Scrolls III, so we actually went in and used the tools to kind of remind ourselves how the quests worked, and how the stories were told. I don't know if anyone actually played through the whole thing, but we certainly installed the game and played around with it for hours. 15 years is a long time, so it was fun to go back and look at it, and then it was even more fun to kind of show the ESO version of that."


In recreating Morrowind in Elder Scrolls Online the team went to great lengths to ensure that it was very much the same place as before. But, with the added bonus of 15 years of graphical fidelity. "With Morrowind, it's interesting, because everyone remembers the game from 2002, but it was still a long time ago, graphically speaking, and so we kind of built it from the ground up. We went in and took the height map, you know, the actual graphical representation of the terrain, we lifted that from Elder Scrolls III, and then we kind of built it up from there, making sure that the scale was correct, and that it was not too big, and not too small."

Be sure to check back tomorrow for our hands-on with the expansion and the full interview with Matt.