Earlier today, the teams at Bethesda and Zenimax Online Studios took to Twitch and shared their initial vision for The Elder Scrolls Online in the first half of 2021. These announcements revealed both the year’s biggest chapter release titled Blackwood, and details of the year-long Gates of Oblivion adventure.
Introducing The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood
The year’s major update to The Elder Scrolls Online, titled Blackwood, is due to go live on the game’s PC version starting 1 June 2021 and consoles a week later on 8 June 2021. This chapter tasks players with uncovering the schemes of the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon, 800 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
Approximately 30 hours of new content should be expected, through a new main storyline, new side quests, quality of life improvements and, for the first time ever, Companions who will adventure through Tamriel alongside the player. The new Chapter will take players from the walls of the Imperial City of Leyawiin, first featured in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, to the murky bogs of Shadowfen, and of course to the mysterious region of Blackwood where players will uncover the Daedric plot at its heart.
Below is a summary of the update’s new content:
- A new zone: Blackwood
- A fiendish main storyline that ties into the Gates of Oblivion adventure
- The new Companions system
- A new 12-player Trial: Rockgrove
- New world events: Oblivion Portals
- New delves, public dungeons, world bosses, and stand-alone quests
- Updates and quality-of-life improvements
Introducing March’s Dungeon DLC – Flames of Ambition
Kicking off ESO’s 2021 line-up is the Flames of Ambition Dungeon DLC pack coming March 8 for PC and Mac, and March 16 for Xbox and PlayStation consoles. Flames of Ambition opens the year-long Gates of Oblivion story with new dungeons that reveal the threat of Mehrunes Dagon and leads players directly to the Blackwood Chapter story in June.
Both Flames of Ambition and Blackwood will be complemented by at least two additional unannounced DLC packs in the latter half of 2021.