Elder Scrolls Online fansite leaks epic Morrowind images and lore

If you were sad as I was that The Elder Scrolls Online’s Homestead housing patch this past week didn’t offer much for the provincial Morrowind fan, take heart: ZeniMax was as expected just holding back the good stuff for the Morrowind release. Spoilers follow!

Russian fan site ElderScrolls.net managed to get its hands on a leaked Game Informer article (Game Informer is owned by Gamestop) covering the Morrowind expansha-chapter, complete with some gorgeous images of what is clearly some of the iconic cities on Vvardenfell, from the towering mushroom towers of the Telvanni east coast and the sandstone Hlaalu dwellings to the Velothi cantons of Vivec and thatched-roof construction of the Bitter Coast. In fact, if you squint, you can see scaffolding surrounding parts of Vivec and what appears to be Balmora’s canals. I don’t spy any Redoran shells!

There are a few interesting tidbits in the translation, including the fact that there are five great houses (plus one) in play during this time period (presumably the extras are Indoril, Dres, and Dagoth) and the fact that there’s a quest to become a skooma drug lord. See, mom, memorizing Morrowind lore did come in handy some day.

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butterpanda888
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butterpanda888

I really like the crystals in image 3 and the armored guy in image 8. Also I am gonna get Morrowind for the first time (I’m a TES newb) and will play that and then when we get ESO Vvardenfell I will check that out.

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bardamu1999

I’m kinda glad I have not picked this up yet. The Beta was a shitshow, and while a free weekend a while after showed a ton of improvement, it wasn’t enough for me to pick it up. If they’re going to offer the base game and expansion for the normal box price, that might just do it for me.

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xpsync

When you think about it, this is going to be epic.

I spent more time in the Morrowind than all sp games I’ve ever played combined, no doubt about it. The most time i spent in an mmo would be EQ2 and that’s almost an embarrassing amount of time, I’d say Morrowind might be a quarter of that time. Yes, that much.

Checking these screens out i started to really wonder what it’s going to be like to return to Vvardenfell? I know it’s going to be Epic on a scale no players has ever experienced before, imagine the nostalgia factors alone.

This is a once in a game time experience (for Morrowind fans) I’m not sure of any other sp to mmo game experience of this nature, where you go from a world you feel is a place you’ve been but were always alone, to return to it packed with others players. Pumped!

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Necromonger

I like that they offer everything for a simple subscription.

And each month you get crowns as a bonus !

I wished more studio’s took an example from this.

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Denice J. Cook

Uh…everything but this ESO:Morrowind, which you have to pay for separately even if you’re subbed, lol….

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xpsync

I like it this way too.

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Rottenrotny

Looks neat. Especially that red cave. O.O

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Emperor Caligula

Bah. 40 Dollar for a Chapter which I play over a weekend? Sounds quite a bit overpriced.

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Sylkesh

This game is getting even more gorgeous than it already was ^^ Nice :-)

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Oyjord Hansen

Poow wittle snowfwake get modewated?

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Armsbend

Oh shut up.

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Jeff

Those look amazing…what I find incomprehensible is this 24/7 toxic rant about everything imaginable on the forums…what the hell is up with those people?

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xpsync

I know it’s bewildering. I’m not sure where it comes from as everyone I’ve meet in game is super friendly, always helpful, chat isn’t too bad compared to other mmo’s, and most sites (like this one), people are as enthusiastic as i am about the game.
Then you go to their forums and after your wtf moment, you’re wondering what is going on here? If you were to gauge the game on what you read on their forums, you’d never try it, talk about giving this game a completely wrong impression.
Who knows? The backlash of 40 bones for a massive expansion kinda tells me this is from the single player crowd of ESO fans. Another example is it was beyond some players comprehension as to why you would want to play another character (alt) they wanted to convert their whatever class into a warden, lol, absolutely clueless to mmo features.

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Denice J. Cook

People are also mad that they’re forced to buy a character slot to roll a Warden with if they already have all their character slots filled. Typically when MMOs release a new class, they give you a free character slot for it, too.

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Ian MacDonald

Truly beautiful. Might need to visit and reminisce.

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Bannex

Unpopular opinion time. Unlock the classes and make them skill lines.
The classes are a really arbitrary restriction to a nice ability system. We’re already restricted on actionbars. No reason to force classes they feel out of place in the game.

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That’s been the one thing that REALLY bugs me about ESO if I stop to think about it. They had such a great opportunity to do a class system like The Secret World, it’s even a mainstay of the TES series (hullo, skill trees?), but they completely ignored it.

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Totakeke

They didn’t ignore it. A lot of the development team had to make sacrifices while development for the game. The company wanted something closer to WoW with classes, but the development team wanted something open like what you’re asking for. But they had to strike a middle ground.

Like, this was all discussed in a post mortem some where.

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Dug From The Earth

I like this idea, but understand why they didnt do it. It would completely remove the need to play an alt(s). Alts are one of the things that keep people in the game… one of the things.

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Denice J. Cook

Character classes definitely promote alts, and more importantly for publishers, longer stays in MMOs. They also promote teaming and the subsequent building of online communities, another important factor positively influencing peoples’ willingness to stay with their MMOs.

However, if these things were so important to Zenimax, you’d think they wouldn’t have forced soloing onto everybody during the main campaign, or made it so difficult to team for certain quests by using such heavily-instanced megaserver technology. This also negatively impacted auction house database capabilities to the point where ESO’s commerce hails from the Dark Ages.

So…there seem to be some conflicting design goals at work here.

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Lethality

Seems like TESO is hitting all the right notes and really servicing the players that love it!

I don’t play the game… there’s something about it that feels like it doesn’t have a soul, or any character or identity though. SW:TOR suffered the same problem for me.

Something is off about the character scale in the world. And then some objects in relation to each others…. and then what I’d consider to be some pretty egregious pre-baked lighting that makes it feel artificial.

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Michael18

yeah, ESO’s world feels the same to me.

I can’t say what it really is, either. I always blamed the load screens, esp. those at zone borders. And the quest layout. Quests are distributed very evenly across the zones in what seems like a very consistent pattern (iirc there were around 3 quest line patterns that were followed consistently). That quest layout makes the game feel so planned out / engineered, even if some of the actual stories are among the best you can find in the genre. But those points you mention also sound plausible. Haven’t thought of the lighting yet, but you’re right it might have somthing to do with it.

Another reason might be that both TOR and ESO use the same engine (yes, heavily modded versions, but still).

But that’s just my personal taste. I’m always happy to hear news about ESO doing well. It might not be for me, but its recent success is a great thing for the genre as a whole.

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Totakeke

Character scale in the world is actually more closer then it is in the main series of games. Like take Dragon Bridge in Skyrim, NPC talk about it taking days to walk there from Whiterun, where it literally takes the player less then an hour or so of walking right on over. Kvatch is another good example of this. The road on up isn’t that wide to get to what’s a major city in the game. In ESO it’s actually wide enough for an entire congo line of players that go from one end to the other.

If anything character scale in ESO isn’t big enough, but it’s much much bigger then it was in the main series of games.

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Bannex

This will be teso Cata. Nothing to see here but they’ll make tons of money off it

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Dug From The Earth

It wont be Cata, becasue its not hyping to be some massive new end game for the existing game. Its more horiztonal content, than vertical. They even hype starting over from the beginning (new character) and playing through the new story/new zone.

Its also not making ridiculous changes to the skills/talent/class system like cata did.

hurbster
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hurbster

Nah, if it was Cata one side would be mocked by the devs by making two of it’s zones just culture refs, getting rid of a town because of reasons and making you play another alliance to get the second half of a new race’s story.

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Tandor

A great game just keeps getting even better! Shame the same can’t be said for the forum community, but such is life on the internet.

hurbster
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hurbster

I still can’t fathom why those forum pages are so slow to load. I can only conclude it’s the tears of the users still upset it’s not Skyrim online or the users who want the powers of being a vampire but want to look pwetty as well.

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Tandor

Forum pages slow to load? That’s news to me. I’ve just been on them (assuming you mean the official forum) and they were instant as always. Sure it’s not your browser, OS or computer?

Currently the tears are mainly from those who expected to be able to harvest/craft the complete furnishings for a manor house within an hour or two of the Homestead update going live and who regard anything slower as a “grind” while being the first to complain the moment they feel that there is no content!

hurbster
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hurbster

I’ve only used chrome, I’ll try Firefox. And this update has made me go looking in boxes, ect again. Drop rate for blueprints seems reasonable.

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TBPlayer2112

The only time I ever visit a games official forums are to look at the guild recruitment threads, which have in invaluable. Aside from that they’re usually a complete waste of time. One side is never happy and the other is too happy.

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Jay Madison

Skooma Drug Lord.

theo454
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theo454

Sounds sort of like it could a GTH(Grand Theft Horse) type of game

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Wendigo Runner

Skooma drug lord. I couldn’t help but wonder if the [Lie] in the housing introduction had some meaning behind it.

Vampire skooma den in 3.. 2..

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Arktouros

I’m pretty “meh” about the expansion.

Never did Morrowind so I got no nostalgia going on. 4v4v4 battlegrounds sound neat in theory, but no group queuing means I can’t play with friends which was the whole reason I even reinstalled the game instead of just playing Black Desert. Warden is like “I guess…” but won’t be certain till we see class details. At first the pets intrigue me, then I remember my Sorc pets which have to take up 1 slot on each bar to remain out the whole time and I get less enthusiastic.

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D'Kho

In the Morrowind announcement live stream they said you’d be able to queue for 4v4v4 with your friends – did I miss some detail there?

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Gurnlei

Seyda Neen <3

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Armsbend

I like the look of the mushroom kingdom.

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Major Glitch

Trippy man.

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Manastu Utakata

It looks “magic”. o.O

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Manastu Utakata

Brilliant!

With that…I have a present over on the WRUP isle to show you! And when you’re not busy. <3

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Armsbend

Looks like Oblivion’s Shivering Isles to me – which was my favorite TES dlc by a country mile.

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dr_lucien_sanchez

So, subs get all DLC as part of their subscription, eh? How can we get around that, guys? Hey, I know, let’s just stop calling the DLC “DLC” and call it something else, then we can charge them again. That’ll teach the little fuckers!

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Armsbend

I think ESO has one of the worst sub offerings in the business. And I’m even considering it.

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Necromonger

So what do you get from other studio’s that has a subscription enabled ?

Archeage ? lel labor system

Black Desert ? lel 30 euro costumes and no pearls !

World of Warcraft ? 1 expansion that one outplays in 2 weeks and are halted with a boring reputation grind wich you have no option then to pay a sub for ?

SWTOR ? Cartel system xD ? realy xD ??? Think the Mexican Maffia is running that game.

With ESO you get all DLC unlocked + free crowns to even buy said DLC or other vanity stuff !

And after 3 years an massive expansion comes out wich offcourse is fully priced altough 40 euro’s is still pretty nice, in BDO you can buy 1 costume and 2 pets for that rofl.

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Totakeke

Just buy it with the crowns you get with your sub. You can literally save up the amount of crowns from the store starting now and have enough when the expansion comes out to buy it.

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Threevo V

You cant buy the expansion with crowns….

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Bannex

While it’s nice that they’re adding a new class, it’s not like there will be any grand fundamental additions to the game. There’s already a bunch of morrowind in the game so this is essentially orsinium with 3 new skill lines.
This is feeding on fanboys. TESO is doing a great job with updates but this is no more than any other dlc.
Wish they would’ve added a new continent not some nostalgia riddled zone to hype the rose tinted morons. They’re charging 99 dollars for a special edition expansion, Wow.

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Blood Ravens Gaming

To be fair it is more than just a small zone being added:
“It’s due 6th June on all platforms and introduces: a new zone, Vvardenfell, and a 30-hour story; a new player class, the Warden, and his War Bear pet; and a new 4v4v4 PvP arena mode, Battlegrounds.
Vvardenfell is apparently the same size as in The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind – occupies “the same geographic footprint”
*Eurogamer

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Lethality

Yeah, god forbid you pay for something.

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dr_lucien_sanchez

Yeah, bloody subs. Freeloading bastards!

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Bannex

I mean if he’s a subbed he’s paying…

hurbster
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hurbster

Looks bloody massive though, way bigger than Orsinium.

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dr_lucien_sanchez

Yes, the size of the expansion is a mitigating factor, something I hadn’t quite grasped when I made my initial post. If they still pump out smaller chunks of content that come with the sub then I reckon I’ll be happy and stop moaning.

I just hope they don’t ditch the “subs get DLC as part of their sub” idea altogether. For me that formula is a winner.

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Vik Brummer

As someone who actually plays and watched the announcement stream, I’ll shed some light on this. Chapters is a new thing, they’ll release 1 a year and it’ll be like this, huge content, cool new stuff etc. Expansion basically. Apart from that, DLCs will still happen every quarter same as they always have and will tie in with sub. Also, Zenimax have reached out to players to find ways of enhancing the sub. Personally, the crafting bag alone and access to costume dyes and DLCs is worth it already, not to mention the 1500 crowns you get every month

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dr_lucien_sanchez

Thanks for the info, Vik. If the new Chapters are in addition to the DLC releases rather than replacing them as I cynically suspected, then I really don’t feel so bad about it after all.

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Vik Brummer

Yeah I’m pretty sure it only replaces one DLC, there will be 3 others from what I remember

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Armsbend

I disagree the sub offerings are trash.

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Vik Brummer

Serious question, do you play the game?

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D'Kho

This is by far the biggest chunk of new stuff they’ve added to the game since launch, and WoW, SWTOR, etc, etc, all make subscribers pay for expansions. I’ll gladly pay for all this content – if you don’t want to, just stick w/ the base game and DLC-level stuff.

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dr_lucien_sanchez

Last two SWTOR expansions came with the subscription, so your information is two years out of date.

If they are discontinuing the idea of DLC coming with the sub, my sub now feels like it has less value for money, that’s all. I’ll have to reconsider keeping it, unless they are going to add some new benefits to tempt me. They’re perfectly entitled to end this deal and change their policy going forward, but equally I don’t have to be overjoyed about it.

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wayshuba

SWTOR shouldn’t be used as a comparison honestly, to almost any MMO. The amount of content that SWTOR has put out in two years barely equals any other AAA MMO patches. To call the last two releases (4.0 and 5.0) expansions is literally a joke. SWTOR has to give their “expansions” in the sub fee because no one in their right mind would pay for 5 hours of content that is called an expansion.

Now, going back to ESO. Right after the expansion, they also noted 3 DLCs a year (in Q1, Q3 and Q4) which will be released and included in the sub cost. Which, going back to my SWTOR example, will mean over two years you will get six times the content in your sub than you did in SWTOR. They also keep adding things to the sub – such as 2x decorations in housing in the Homestead update – so the value becomes better. Lastly, you get almost 100% of your sub value in Crowns at the sub rollover.

From my personal perspective, I care less about sub rewards (though the crafting bag is killer) and more about supporting the devs if they continue to crank out content.

As for Morrowind being an expansion, it is listed as having 30 hours of new story content (plus the group grinders which will take up more) and new class and quite a few other things.

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D'Kho

2 years out of date is about right, since that’s the last time I played SWTOR with any regularity. I didn’t say I had been all up in there recently

I see you came around in later comments, so I’ll just say this for everyone: Look at the trajectory ESO is on – the cadence at which they’re now putting out content, and the increasing quality of that content; if you do that and you’re not excited to pay $40 for a chunk of content the size of ESO: Morrowind, then maybe ESO is not for you.

Speaking for myself and my guild: while we have had our complaints (which we report early and often), we haven’t stopped growing and having fun since we formed in beta and we’re all stoked for Morrowind.

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dixa

i wouldnt call the two things that came out in the last 14 months for swtor as expansions. they are smaller than most of the eso dlc and you were basically done outside of the gear grind in a couple of hours.

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Wanda Clamshuckr

They’ve been really clear on defining Morrowind as being an expansion, as compared to the DLC content. They are still going to release more DLC, which subscribers can access, after the expansion.

Sources:
Gina Bruno https://forums.elderscrollsonline.com/en/discussion/comment/3742605/#Comment_3742605

Matt Firor http://www.elderscrollsonline.com/en-us/news/post/2017/02/01/welcome-to-2017

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Emiliano Lozada

Compare the content from Shadows of Revan to KOTFE and KOTET then come back to me after realizing how small both KOTFE and KOTET are.

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Bannex

The last two swtor dlcs added nothing but 45 min of story.

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Gurnlei

A company would have to be really generous to offer content of this scale with a subscription.

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xpsync

Do you play ESO?

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xpsync

Fuk ME! I’m so home… finally!

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