The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood
launches soon, and ahead of its debut we got the chance to go on a virtual tour of the region. With ESO Lead Content Designer, Jeremy Sera, and Zone Lead, Jason Barnes, on hand as tour-guides. It was the sort of fast and furious look at Cyrodiil that makes you want to reach for your phone to book a longer stay. June 1, 2021 to be exact.
With the story presented in Blackwood set 800 years before The Elder Scrolls IV, Blackwood has you visiting familiar locations – albeit presented in a way that is every bit ESO. As a major ‘Chapter’ the team at Zenimax sees Blackwood (and major expansion releases in general) as a clear point for returning players to jump back in or new players to kick off their adventure. That is, those fresh to the franchise and old-school Elder Scrolls fans looking to get a 2021 look (visually speaking) of the Deadlands and the south-eastern region of Cyrodiil.
Our Full The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood Preview
With Blackwood featuring plenty of swamps and thick forested regions, with Black Marsh to the east and the Khajiit homeland of Elsweyr to the west, there’s also the city of Leyawiin – the coastal town as seen in TES IV. It’s depiction here has a functioning port and acts as a key hub of nautical activities like trade and big boats coming in and out. The flooding seen in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (which closed off a big chink of the city) has yet to occur, and in a way, this has freed the team at Zenimax to establish and present a part of Tamriel during its heyday.