Yesterday, ZeniMax Online released another expansion for the MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online, titled Blackwood. The developers declare that the expansion - for now available only on PC (Windows and Mac) and Google Stadia; the release on consoles will take place in a week - will provide us with over 30 hours of additional fun, during which we will explore the Blackwood region, partially known to fans of the series from Oblivion. The new chapter is a part of the story campaign named Gates of Oblivion and planned for 2021 - its last acc is supposed to be released at the turn of November and December.
Apart from the new area and the story taking place in it, which will focus on uncovering daedric conspiracies, the Blackwood expansion will introduce an AI-controlled companion system to ESO. From now on, no one - neither those who shy away from the other players nor those who interact with them frequently - will have to travel solo. In the beginning, we'll get the opportunity to choose one of two companions; in future expansions, there will certainly be more. Later, we'll choose theor equipment and skills to fit our style of play. We'll also have to solve a unique series of quests dedicated to the chosen companion, who will evaluate our actions through a reputation system.
In addition, the new expansion will introduce to The Elder Scrolls Online Rockgrave Trial, in which 12 players will face off against three unique bosses and two mini-bosses, among others, and earn rewards such as armor sets, titles, body decorations, and even a mount (Sul-Xan Fleshripper). In addition, there will be numerous side quests, challenges, and achievements, as well as an event called Oblivion Portals, focusing on the eponymous gates created by the daedric prince Mehrunes Dagon and enabling his spawn to wreak havoc and destruction on the world of Tamriel.
This is not all the news that awaits us in The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood - full description of the new expansion can be found here. At the moment it's only available on PC and Google Stadia, the release on PS4 and XONE (in backward compatibility also on PS5 and XSX|S) will take place on June 8. A week later, a slightly delayed free update will be released, adapting the game to next-gen consoles, which we've already written about earlier.
Last, but not least - before a possible purchase pay attention to the four different game versions. If you already have the previous expansions, it will be enough to purchase only Blackwood but nothing stands in the way of choosing the complete ESO edition containing all the chapters so far. Collector's editions of both versions are also available, providing the digital items seen in the above screenshot.
- The Elder Scrolls Online - official website
- The Elder Scrolls Online - game guide
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