Elder Scrolls Online announces new chapter and three DLC, including Dragon Bones, for 2018: ‘We are not slowing down at all’

The Elder Scrolls Online had a great year between Homestead and Morrowind, to say nothing of the rest of its DLC. But what’s coming next year? Good stuff. In fact, one of my predictions has already come true!

“You can expect three more DLCs and a full new Chapter for ESO in 2018,” ZeniMax’s Matt Firor writes today in an address to players ahead of the holiday. “We’re not slowing down, at all. There’s so much to do and explore in Tamriel, and we are very excited to take you to some highly-requested areas next year. We’ll officially announce the first DLC of 2018 just after the first of the year, but here’s a small preview: It’s a dungeon-based DLC called The Elder Scrolls Online: Dragon Bones. As the name implies, it is Nord-based in theme, with each of the two dungeons expanding upon the lore of that region.”

The Skyrim-y update will also include quality-of-life tweaks, “including at least one long-awaited feature that everyone who cares about their characters’ appearance will love and the Homestead storage items.” Expect it on the PTS “early (very early) next year.”

We’re streaming ESO’s wintertime events tonight, so join us live on OPTV at 9 p.m. EST!

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Sashaa

“Dungeon-based DLC” *sigh* not again…

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Henryk

3 DLCs does not sound like a lot of content …

And i hope the new chapter is not overpriced like Morrowind was.

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Bryan Turner

Isn’t that the norm for them though, especially considering the fact that they are releasing a new Morrowind sized expansion on top of it?

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Theryl

Good to see that they’re sticking with the update cadence they announced last year. If this year’s chapter is Summerset I’ll be a very happy camper.

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MariedeGournay

God I want to love this game. Elder Scrolls lore, third person combat, fricken nightblade. But it’s the first MMO I’ve ever played that made me wish other players would just disappear. It’s like they created a really cool single player game and dumped a bunch of people into it. The mismatch really grates on my nerves (especially when other players finish quests for me.) If they had a hide other player option like in Blade and Soul I’d be so there.

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Jdawg Playsgames

I don’t think it’s the fact that people are there…..it’s the type of people the community managers fosters, they make this biggest Trolls and in game bullies Community ambassadors they forum ban people for speaking out against having their personal information posted because they are riding a crate mount, it is probably the single most dysfunctional group since the SWG nutters.

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Paragon Lost

Me too, I want to love this mmorpg. For me it’s the UI and how the controls work, I just don’t like how they work with how you view/turn/move with the mouse left/right mouse buttons.

Anymore the players in any mmorpg are a real crap shoot, often you just want to bash your head into the keyboard with dealing with them. Once in a while you have a good encounter though.

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Bryan Turner

Just change your movement key binding to Mouse Button 4, that makes movement feel more like an old school MMO.

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MariedeGournay

I see what you mean, but for me it’s more the design scraping up against the multiplayer. There’s a quest where you’re supposed to sneak into a hut and steal a key, and then there’s like six people in there killing the guy over and over. The design says single player, but then you have to queue up to do anything. I don’t get that weirdness in other MMOs. Again, it’s probably just a personal quirk.

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Paragon Lost

Oh, yeah that’s a terrible design. Strongly agree with you on that as well.

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cambruin

That’s my only problem/concern with the game as well. I love it so very much, I love the attention to detail, the atmosphere, …

And then you have thos horribly out-of-place crown crate cosmetics. Skeletal horses producing sounds of thunder as they race by, driven by something resembling the shape of a man, or is it a beast, emanating blue and green glows, shooting lightning from their eyes while wearing a frying pan for a helmet.
So immersion-breaking in what I consider to be the most immersive MMO to have been released in… what seems like a decade.
Such a shame, such a damn shame.

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Sashaa

I profoundly dislike this kind of cosmetics too. If they could stick to the very well designed costumes available in the shop, I would be more than happy.

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Knox Harrington

Why can’t we get Nord-themed content that isn’t just some dungeons? It’s like they want me to go play Skyrim instead of giving them money.

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drelkag

Homestead storage and a new system for customizing character appearance. Sounds good.

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Ariel Domen

Happy about home storage and transmog! I hope they don’t make it too impossible to grind or worse, exclusive to the crown store.

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Anthony

What the f is wrong with you zenimax, you just released a chapter that was the price of a full wow expansion and it didn’t even had enough content to last me 2 weeks and now your planing to release one yearly?!?! This game is way too expensive to maintain in between all the DLCs that just offer nothing but a drop of water in this huge desert of content drought they have created due to the way DLCs are designed, (either just 2 new dungeons or a new zone with world content and a farm inside the new delves/public dungeons with some story that you finish in less than a week) the sub that i need in order to not be overwhelmed by the amount of crafting materials in the game if i want to be a crafter and now the chapters too? Last drop, i’m gonna consider taking a very very long break until zenimax gets their shit together and stops trying to milk their player base shamelessly.

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Coolit

I agree, although Morrowind was a nice addition to the game it was either content lite or too expensive when compared to the competition (WoW, FFXIV).

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Bryan Turner

What’s the big deal, I just bought it on Steam for $20?

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FG3000

sorta funny that $39 for 2 weeks of entertainment can considered a bad value. lol

MMO gamers lol

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Anthony

When the 2 weeks are nothing but grinding public dungeons and the raid because i finished the story in the first 3 days its a pretty bad value, you can’t compare 39$ of grinding in MMO with a nice ARPG or RPG that provides you with 2 weeks of fresh content and story, but i guess yeah since this is a problem of MMOs “MMO gamers lol”. Just to compare to something more fair, for almost the same price i bought the wow expansion Legion and lasted me 3 months until i decided to go play with some friends in FFXIV and get ready for Stormblood.

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cambruin

Claiming the content is lite, fine, to each his own, but claiming they’re too expensive? I’m dying to know what you are comparing it to. The only MMO I can think of that would be ‘cheaper’ is Guild Wars 2 and that’s nowhere near as rich in content as ESO.

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Anthony

My 15$ every month plus the added cost of chapters every year now doesn’t exactly make it the cheapest MMO in the market it raised to over 200 dollars a year compared to the 180 a sub only MMO costs you that launches Expansion steadily every 2 years like FFXIV or WoW, FFXIV even has an option to make it a beat cheaper its like 13$ instead of 15$. The point is that for the amount invested the content drought is beyond acceptable, no excuses there.

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Ariel Domen

Yeah, although I absolutely loved Morrowind, this idea of the paid chapters, that are just DLC, is not very excusable.

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cambruin

But unlike FFXIV of WoW you do not need to subscribe.

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Anthony

If you want enough bag space to be a crafter and make some money yes you do and before you say “its a choice” selling furniture is too lucrative which is why the first week of the homestead patch i was able to make over 3 million gold super easy.

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Zora

Hey… HEY!

Wait until halfway through next year before making my predictions for ESO’s 2018 to come true, you curs. I got a reputation to maintain here you know.