Tamriel Infinium: Five things you might have missed in the Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind reveal

I really enjoyed watching the Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind announcement with all of our readers. The staff here saw your comments immediately as I was live-blogging some of the highlights. I was sure that it was going to be tough for ZeniMax to top the hype that surrounded the Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood DLC, but with the announcement of the Morrowind expansion (although ZOS calls it a “chapter”), I am more excited about this than I was about randomly murdering people for Sithis.

The livestream announcement was just under 40 minutes long with so much to touch on. Creative Director Rich Lambert explained that there are more than 30 hours of content added with Morrowind, which isn’t counting the repeatable content like Trials and the soon-to-be-added Battlegrounds. There is no way that they could hit every facet, and there were probably many things that just breezed by but will ultimately be important.

I found five items that should have got more attention than they did during the announcement that you probably missed even if you watched through the whole livestream.

The Warden class is specifically designed for all three roles

The big bear was amazing and nearly everyone focused on that aspect of the new Warden class, but did anyone happen to catch what the other aspects of the class were? Yeah, I kind of missed it the first time around, too.

Each of the existing classes has three skill branches, and the Warden follows suit. But only one of those branches includes the bear that was touted so highly. “What are the other two branches?” you might ask. Well, Lambert touched on those briefly in the stream before explaining all about the bear ultimate.

The defense or tank mode of the Warden is ice magic. Like the other two branches, it focuses on natural elements. This one clearly focuses on frost and other things that you can do with ice. And the nature branch focuses on healing. Unfortunately, Lambert didn’t get into how the nature powers work, but it does confirm that Warden includes all three combat roles, which might be one of the reasons that players are calling the class overpowered before it even launches. That’s probably premature, but it does have the makings of a very powerful class.

Red Mountain is inaccessible

Clearly with The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind taking place about 700 years in the future, ZenMax can’t have you wandering into Red Mountain to kill off the main bad guy, resetting future history. So of course, they had to close this area off.

But before you get too upset about not being able to kill Dagoth Ur before he can cause trouble in Vvardenfell, Lambert did say that one of the new Battlegrounds, the 4v4v4 instanced PvP zones, will take place in a quarry in the Red Mountain area. It’s not quite the same, but it’s clearly understandable why this was done.

As an added bonus, Vvardenfell was height mapped directly from the TES3 maps, so although you might not be able to get to every place you’ve ever been before, the places you go will feel very much the same as they did about 15 years ago.

We know two of the three Battleground types

Lambert mentioned that Morrowind would launch with three different battlegrounds. But he was very cagey about what those battlegrounds would be. But because the number of Battlegrounds is so small, the types of maps were easy to ascertain based on Lambert’s description of gameplay modes. He specifically mentioned team deathmatch and capture the flag. So we know two of the three right there.

When he mentioned these two battleground styles they were mentioned as “also.” So my guess that this was a bit of a slip indicating that the Red Mountain battleground isn’t one of these. I’m going to take a guess that Red Mountain will be king of the hill or capture and defend, given that the other two battlegrounds are classic PvP styles as well.

Ald’ruhn exists but the Ghostfence does not

Elder Scrolls fans will know that Ald’ruhn’s manor district was inside a hollowed out giant mud crab shell. We also know that during the Oblivion crisis that this mud crab was brought back to life to help stave off the hordes of Daedra flooding in through the Oblivion gate. Unfortunately, that means that Ald’ruhn was destroyed in the process. That seems to be an extreme move to me, but when have mages been known to be highly considerate of other people?

Lambert mentioned that Ald’ruhn is there during ESO‘s era and the giant mud crab shell is there, too. Although there is no mention that I can find of how the mud crab mud crab died, it’s clear whatever it was, it happened well before the ESO Era.

He did mention one thing that does not exist: the ghostfence. The ghostfence was created by the Tribunal to hold back the blight sometime prior to TES3. This means two things: Dagoth Ur’s minions are not running around in ESO and the blight has not affected the different areas of Vvardenfell the way it has in TES3. So look for a different but familiar landscape to the biomes of Vvardenfell.

Clockwork City will likely be future DLC

Each time Sotha Sil was mentioned he was kind of glossed over. Will we see Sotha Sil? We will see one of his workshops in a Trail. And what about Clockwork City? We do see part of it. Then Lambert said specifically that they are saving that information for later. That tells me one thing: Clockwork City will be future DLC. I don’t blame them; there has to be a way to grow the game, right?

All right, I know I didn’t catch every little factoid mentioned in the announcement video. But I’m going to hand it over to you now: What did I miss? Did you catch the same things I did? Also, let me know what you think of what we did hear about the expansion. I look forward to reading all your comments below.

Traverse the troubled land of Tamriel in the Elder Scrolls Online. Larry Everett will be your guide here in Tamriel Infinium every other week as you explore together the land created by ZeniMax and Bethesda. If you have any burning questions, send them his way via email or via Twitter.
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xpsync

Turning ESO into a world with update 12 was enough to bring me back, i was happy, since then they continue to shower me in great news, housing, Morrowind, another class, regular dlc and yearly expansions(chapters) now I’m just down right giddy.
Canceled all my subs, there’s no point when all i want to play is ESO and with an avalanche of content coming…
As someone posted here:
ESO Won!

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agemyth 😩

How hard would it really be to contrive a decent enough reason to venture into Red Mountain? That is basically how all MMOs based on preexisting stories/lore work. You set things way in the past or future away from the timelines people know so you have the creative freedom to do cool things without breaking canon.
While it is nice to think they are doing this because they don’t want to betray the events that happen in TES3, I think it is more likely they could be holding Red Mountain back for a future patch/DLC. I’m not saying that to accuse them of being greedy or lazy or whatever. I’m saying it makes sense to me to pace the content out like that. If the Morrowind Chapter is going to be followed by smaller Morrowind themed DLCs, Red Mountain and Solstheim are easy to see as possibilities.
Anyway, thanks for digging into things a bit so we don’t have to, Larry :)

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Dean Greenhoe

Exciting news. Warden sounds fun.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Cool! There’s no way I’m getting there soon, but hopefully I can play the patched up form next year.

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vinicitur

Dammit I was content. I played the main story and was satisfied. LOTRO just announced a new expansion, CU beta should come this year and GW2 is working on an expansion also. Why did they have to do Vvanderfell this year. If it was any other region, I would just say pass but it’s Vvanderfell so I guess I have to accept the fact that I will be game jumping this year.

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Mr_Planthead

This makes me wish I had picked up the game when it was on sale :/

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Alex Hyer

I wonder how many of the quests will be doing crap for Ghost NPCs

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Threevo V

” but it does confirm that Warden includes all three combat roles, which might be one of the reasons that players are calling the class overpowered before it even launches. That’s probably premature, but it does have the makings of a very powerful class.”

Im sorry but this is a ridiculous comment.. all 4 existing classes have very clear, very intentional, implemented abilities found in their core skill lines to fufill each and every role in the game. And yes.. that is in regards to actual end game content.

The warden is no different

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Hirku

Zenimax won the lawsuit: $500 million.

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Meanie

hopefully some of that goes to funding more stuff for the game

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mirricatwarrior

I will not lie… i shed a little tear at the end of the trailer when i heard ‘Morag Tong’ and Morrowind Theme plays in the backround….

After all these years… its good to be back home. :)

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Budukahn

Well this sucks. Now I have to decide between FFXIV Stormblood and this. Where oh where did all my free time go?

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Humble DG

I’m so stoked for this!!!

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Melissa McDonald

the game looks amazing. I found the introduction / low levels to be sorta dull though. Seems like ESO is the opposite of AoC. The best content is later, not first like AoC had.

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Dug From The Earth

And to think, the cold harbor tutorial was about 3 times longer many months ago :P

Some advice. The 3 starter “locations” after you get out of Cold Harbor, can be bypassed, allowing you to jump right into the main world…

And more so, after One Tamriel, you can go to any of the 3 factions locations, and start there.

Also, if you arent a completionist, you can skip a lot of the quests throughout an area which can make things seem to drag on if you arent into that. Just focus on the zones main storyline, your class story, and maybe the storyline from the 3 main guilds (fighter, mage, and undaunted). All of those storylines are enjoyable and decently paced. Thanks to level scaling, there is no set level you have to do them at either.

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Leiloni

Well I have to say I’m disappointed that the Ice Magic is a tank/defensive thing and not a magical dps thing. :( I like the ice mage idea far better.

But they wouldn’t be the first class to have three viable roles in one. The Templar already has tank, healer, magic dps, and melee dps in one.

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Baron Von Clop

If it’s like anything of the other classes, there will still be some offensive abilities included in the Ice Magic tree.

But I agree, I’m not sure why “they can do all three roles” is a “missed feature”. Well yeah, one of ESO’s selling points has always been that all classes can fill all roles… the Warden is not special or surprising at all. What would be surprising is if they couldn’t do all roles.

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Tulerezzer

Frost Staff is becoming a tank weapon in the next patch so this fits with that plan.

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bobfish

The thing I’m currently undecided about it, is whether I should return to ESO now and continue leveling up my Nightblade, or wait for the new class and try that out.

I’ve already given up on my old Sorcerer, got tired of the class prejudice in groups and it kind of ruin my experience with the class to the point where I can’t play it anymore. So I started again with the NB to play primarily solo.

The Warden does sound interesting though, but June is so far away and the FFXIV expansion is the same month :(

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LazyLex

Now is a good time to come back on your Sorcerer. It’s very much welcome in both magic and stamina forms. Magic is more welcome for Trials because of huge shields and big damage.
Stamsorc is getting some nerfs soon but it is still a powerhouse of selfhealing and resource management, and welcome in dungeons.

This is based on my experiences on PC — not sure how the console communities feel.

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camren_rooke

Shouldn’t the last part of this articles title read, “Number Three will blow your mind!”

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odin valhalla

They didnt explain why this new DLC is not covered by the subscription. I know there will be those that proclaim “This is an expansion not a dlc”. That argument falls apart because words really do have literal meaning. DLC is an acronym for Downloadable content. Not some content that can be downloaded. Your subscription to ESO is supposed to give you access to all DLC.

A nice analogy was posted on the forums: “What if you agreed to pay BMW a monthly fee and in return you could drive any car they offered at the time and in the future. Then one day, they release the car of your dreams and you expect to have access to drive that car. However, BMW says, ‘Sorry, this is actually an automobile, not a car, so you’ll have to pay full price for this one.'”

Still a great game, but once again on the ethics front ZOS falls a little short.

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Tandor

That was explained in the “Welcome to 2017” article from Matt Firor.

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Dug From The Earth

Because Morrowind isnt DLC. Its a full fledged expansion.

Its no different than what Anet has done with guild wars for years.

GW2 – Buy 2 play… many new zones and content added for free… Along comes a full expansion called Heart of Thorns, and its an additional purchase.

Even compare it to WoW. WoW has a sub cost… if you pay for the sub, you get access to many new zones over the years (silithus, firelands, etc), and plenty of new raids, dungeons, and quests. Then when they release a full expansion, you have to pay for it.

This isnt something new in the gaming industry. Its not shadey. They made a big new product and plan on selling it. If you like their product, and its priced reasonably (40 bucks for an expansion is cheaper than 60 bucks for a full game), it shouldnt be an issue about buying it.

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odin valhalla

Then we disagree on what DLC is. DLC means downloadable content. There is nothing I recall on the subscription agreement that changes the literal meaning of words. A full fledged expansion that is downloadable is downloadable content.

The issue isnt the pricing, the issue is the subscription clearly states that being subscribed I have access to all DLC. I simply cant argue what the literal meaning of words are if you dont want to acknowledge that then there really isnt anything else to discuss. I mean we could go back to beta when Firor told us that “as long as you pay your subscription you will have access to 100% of the content” but I rather not have a semantics discussion on what “100%” means.

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mirricatwarrior

Its not a DLC.
Its a full game release with physical/retail copies and its also distributed digitally. Like every other game in 2017.
It will not be offered in Crown Store. Yuo dont need to own ESO before to play it – you can buy only Morrowind box at Gamestop and go home and play.
Its not a DLC.

And all you arguing is semantics. We ara in 2017 – every game, small patch, big patch, expansion pack and software is DLC.

Also all good MMOs in the world have big, paid expansions packs. WoW, SWTOR, FF14, FF11, LOTRO, RIFT, EVERQUEST series, etc…

You can argue about literal meaning of words all you want but it does not change how world and mmo genre is working since forever.

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Dug From The Earth

So that makes the original game DLC then, since its 100% “downloadable content” ??

In todays world, entire games are downloadable. Digital distribution is the way of most things. Using your logic, if you pay for a sub, you should get the base game for free, without having to pay for the box price too. since the sub states, “All DLC free for eso+ members”

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Just for the record, the exact wording of the eso plus subscription is:

“Access to all of ESO’s downloadable content (or DLC) game packs for the duration of your membership”

If the devs are calling Morrowind and expansion, and you insist its a DLC game pack, then you are just exercising a practice in futility.

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odin valhalla

comment imageThe description

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Tulerezzer

I’m sure they will change that graphic and the ESO Plus sub description before the expac releases. Then each person will decide if they are buying or not. EZ-PZ.

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odin valhalla

It would have been nice if they had changed it prior, it would have avoided angst and a public fight amongst the player base. Again Im all for paying for content, i have been paying for 3 years probably longer than most. Still shady IMHO, as of yet I have not been able to get a clear answer as to my simple questions.

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odin valhalla

I cant edit the above but the second line seems clear to me. Please tell me how I am misunderstading “access to all downloadable content”? After that if you could, please tell me how morrowind will not be downloadable content.

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Dug From The Earth

Again, by your logic, you should have gotten the entire game free, since its content you download.

You need to stop nit picking. If you want to be cheap, thats your business, not ours.. until you come to a public forum like this and make a stink about it.

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odin valhalla

Ah the personal attack. Never fails on the internet when someones argument is destroyed. Rather than comment on me, can you answer the questions I posed?

If you cant, feel free to stop posting you dont need to admit youre wrong, I already know you are.

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odin valhalla

If I agree to pay a fee for downloadable content and they agree to give it to me for that fee, absolutely. If that includes “all DLC” which the past and present subscription covers, thats the agreement. Im not changing it, they are.

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bladeddingo

They are not changing anything, your definition of DLC is too broad.

This is an expansion, and every single modern MMO has launched expansions. Some, like star trek online make them free to all, some like swtor give it to you as part of your subscription fee, or as an optional stand alone purchase, some like world of warcraft sell the expansion content for anow additional box price above and beyond your sub fee.

Zenimax has decided to go the wow route and charge for the expansion.

Typically, DLC means small, non game play altering additions, cosmetic items or maybe a new zone.

This expansion presumably adds that and more, an entire new “continent” with many zones and sub-zonee, battlegrounds, a new class and dozens or even hundreds of new quests, items NPCS, stories and lore, most likely a lot of cosmetic items.

When I think DLC, I think some new armor or weapons, maybe a new unique mount or something like that.

When I think expansion, I think of a large scale effort to increase the game world itself and add to the base game.

The developers likely spent months, maybe years to create new assets, model new zones, items, music, icons and more to increase the size of the world.

Get off your high horse (that you probably got for free) and give the developers a little more credit for their work.

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scott51824 .

You should also add –

For those with full slots and no room for a warden, it has been ZoS employee confirmed that there will an additional 2 character slots added.
For a price…they will have to be purchased in the crown store.
So you will have to add an additional $15 or 18 CAN$ to your purchase of the expac if you need a character slot, double if you want 2.
Since they are charging $40 for the expac, I think they should have just included the character slots and I am not happy I have to pay extra.

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Oyjord Hansen

Adding a new class and not giving at least one free character slot is dirty pool. It’s clear money-grubbing.

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Denice J. Cook

I do agree with the character slot issue, although I suspect Zenimax may change their minds and give out a free slot with the expansion come June. We should bring this up on their forums: Expansions with new classes practically always provide an additional character slot free if you have to buy the expansion.

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I honestly do not like the idea of battlegrounds. Seems like this will just pull people away from the large scale stuff.

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Oyjord Hansen

I love the idea of BGs. Cyro has been a hot mess since launch. It can be fun, sure, but so buggy and laggy, that PvP has left a sour taste in the mouths of so many. 4v4v4 should be much more manageable, and consequently much more fun. I can’t wait.

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MKlwr

If that happens, I will go back to Cyrodiil and become Empress!

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Castagere Shaikura

I wanted to know if we still have ash storms and slit strider transport.

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MKlwr

“Unfortunately, Lambert didn’t get into how the nature powers work, but it does confirm that Warden includes all three combat roles, which might be one of the reasons that players are calling the class overpowered before it even launches. ”

Mmmm… all classes in ESO can perform all three roles, so I can’t see why the Warden would be any different?

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scott51824 .

Problem is that most players are stuck in thinking that ESO classes have defined roles like other MMO. For example, Dragon Knights are considered tanks by players. Everytime I join a group with my Dragon Knight healer, I get questioned. A DK healer?? and sometimes I get kicked. Same with my Nightblade healer or tank since everyone thinks NB are dps.
So its good that from the beginning they are telling players that Warden is three roles.

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Threevo V

yep… its a constant uphill battle in that game. And incredibly infuriating everytime i have to try and defend myself on my NB healer in a random group finder queue. It especially stings when im queuing up fresh after healing a vMoL hm run with my guild, only to have some moron tell me in chat, to stop trying to be a snowflake and play the right class for the right role (ie templar). The ignorance makes my blood boil.

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LazyLex

Unfortunately I don’t think them announcing Warden can fill three roles will fix anything though. The types of players that kick people outside of the “Meta” are the same types of people that will kick a Warden if their DPS spec is worse than the other classes in the game, according to a sim or a handful of popular YouTubers/streamers.

Best course of action for the player? Avoid Random Group Finder like the plague. The only game I actually found to have an overall decent community using this feature is FFXIV.

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Loopy

I cringe every time i hear a story about a player being kicked from a group before they can even attempt to perform at their role…

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Castagere Shaikura

Its getting worse in this game too. I just stopped doing group content because i really dislike these morons

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