As its title reveals, The Gates of Oblivion – The Elder Scrolls On-line’s subsequent year-long journey – will carry again a location from days of Elder Scrolls passed by: Oblivion. Or, extra particularly, TES IV’s The Deadlands. One in every of many planes of Oblivion within the RPG games sequence’ lore, the fiery hellscape will function within the MMORPG’s enlargement in an enormous manner – but it surely’s not the one location from the Elder Scrolls’ historical past that’ll be making an look.
“As a result of that is 800 years up to now, it feels totally different,” ESO artistic director Wealthy Lambert tells us about The Deadlands in an interview. “It is extremely totally different than what you can anticipate with Oblivion, however we’ve nonetheless bought that very same sense of nostalgia that we’ve had in earlier years. So, The Deadlands will really feel iconic – it’s that craggy hellscape, if you’ll.
“Then the Blackwood chapter,” – one of many year-long journey’s 4 quarterly content material installments – “in and of itself, has pockets of very acquainted locations. Leyawiin is likely one of the most important cities that you just’ll get to go and discover. It feels very related. Then, as you progress east via the zone in direction of Shadowfen, you’re going to get to go to Gideon.”
As Lambert explains, that is “one other actually iconic metropolis in Elder Scrolls lore, and also you haven’t seen that since Area, I feel.”
Lengthy-time followers of the sequence will know these locations – or a minimum of, know of them – effectively. Leyawiin is one among Cyrodiil’s 9 main cities, nestled in Blackwood’s swampy wilderness distant from the area’s central hub, and featured in TES IV. It’s residence to a bunch of vibrant buildings, a fortress, and loads of Argonians and Khajiits – and if “it feels very related”, it appears like we will anticipate the 800-years-in-the-past model to be considerably near this.
Gideon, however, is one among Black Marsh’s eight large cities, discovered on the area’s southwest aspect, close to the place the Dorsza Cross tapers into Cyrodiil. It’s described in Area as “the black metropolis of the followers of Seth, [which] lies close to the southern tip of the Imperial Run. A chilly air that has nothing to do with the time of 12 months appears to sit back your bones as you enter…” Given it hasn’t appeared in a sport since 1994’s Area, which many followers gained’t have performed, Gideon will likely be extra of a thriller to find when the DLC launches.
As for a way the brand new playable map will likely be laid out, Lambert tells us “it’s positively extra alongside the traces of Elsweyr”. It’s a “contiguous area. It’s the massive, extensive open map you could navigate and go and discover. If you happen to take a look at a map on prime of Tamriel, it ranges from principally the southern portion of Cyrodiil, all the best way east in direction of the borders of Shadowfen.” So, there’ll be a lot extra stomping floor to cowl.
The Gates of Oblivion launches with the Flames of Ambition DLC on March 8 and Blackwood chapter on June 1.