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Consolers can pick up Elder Scrolls Online’s Horns of the Reach today

It’s been a few weeks since PC players have been able to enjoy the fruits of Horns of the Reach in Elder Scrolls Online, and now it’s the console community’s turn.

The MMO’s post-expansion DLC launched today for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as a 30.2 GB patch, giving players the opportunity to fight in two new dungeons (Bloodroot Forge and Falkreath Hold) and duke it out with other gamers in the Arcane University. Whether or not console players purchase Horns of the Reach, they will be treated to a base patch with quality-of-life improvements and many new home furnishings.

Wondering whether or not to drop money on this DLC? We can offer you a free way to sample it by watching MJ’s recent adventures in Bloodroot Forge!

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The Stream Team: Exploring Bloodroot Forge in Elder Scrolls Online’s Horns of the Reach

What is lurking in Bloodroot Forge? Massively OP’s MJ just got ESO’s latest DLC Horns of the Reach and she is eager to explore this new dungeons. She has no idea what she will find there, though. Will it be great glory and rewards, or death and destruction? What monsters will she face? Join us live at 3:00 p.m. as MJ delves into the new dungeon. Perhaps she will even make it out alive!

What: The Elder Scrolls Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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The Elder Scrolls Online’s Horns of the Reach DLC is live

Horns of the Reach is live in The Elder Scrolls Online today as ZeniMax’s first major update since the Morrowind campaign/expansion rolled out in June. As planned, the paid DLC includes two new dungeons (Falkreath Hold and Bloodroot Forge) and plenty of new kit. And even if you don’t pay for the DLC, you’re getting Update 15 for free; it boasts the PvP battlegrounds mode Chaosball and the new Arcane University map.

“The Horns of the Reach two-dungeon pack is now available on PC and Mac, free for all ESO Plus Members, or for purchase via the in-game Crown Store for 1,500 Crowns. Update 15 general improvements are available free for all players, while Battlegrounds additions are free for owners of ESO: Morrowind (Battlegrounds requires ESO: Morrowind). Both will also release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One adventurers on August 29.”

MOP’s Elder Scrolls columnist Larry Everett has posted his impressions of the Falkreath Hold dungeon following a streamed play session we ran alongside ZeniMax’s Rich Lambert; we’ve tucked that down below so you can decide whether to grab it. Stay tuned for more this week!

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The Elder Scrolls Online is improving quality of life with Update 15

So perhaps you aren’t interested in the newest DLC for The Elder Scrolls Online. Perhaps you suffered some sort of horns-related mishap in your younger days and have an ethical imperative to avoid anything with horns. Regardless, the good news is that there are still base game improvements coming along with Update 15, starting with the ability to improve gear you’re wearing as a crafter rather than unequipping it and crafting half-undressed.

Other improvements include the option to tweak warning indicator colors, the ability to cancel crafting research, an invite history and funding obfuscation for guilds, and similar upgrades. While this part of the patch won’t include all of the new DLC content, it will make going through the existing content that much more fun. You still should probably see someone about that horn phobia, though, that could be a problem.

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Elder Scrolls Online previews Bloodroot Forge

Coming next month in the Horns of the Reach DLC is Elder Scrolls Online’s newest four-player dungeon. Bloodroot Forge will take players deep inside a mountain forge, where unsettling blood rites have been performed and everything is suitably twisty and corrupted.

If you’re OK with some light spoilers, the dev team has a preview of the dungeon up with pictures, descriptions, and even a few points of insight. It sounds as though players will need to harness the environment and defeat never-before-seen enemy types to survive, but those who do will get to grab gear from brand-new armor sets and even have the opportunity to purchase a player house.

The devs said that you’ll want to look at the journey through the Forge for clues as how to defeat the big bads you’ll encounter: “From the start of the lava cave (called Sanguinary Veins), there are various places where you see rocks falling from the ceiling into the lakes, creating temporary platforms. So you get to see that unique gameplay element telegraphed before the upcoming boss fight.”

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Beat Elder Scrolls Online’s Falkreath Hold, buy a Nord manor

When the Horns of the Reach DLC launches for The Elder Scrolls Online next month, one of the dungeons wrapped up in the bundle is located in Falkreath. If that’s sounding familiar, it’s probably because you toured the city in Skyrim, only this is a millennium earlier.

“The Falkreath in The Elder Scrolls Online is much larger than you will recall, and it is well protected by giant stone walls,” ZeniMax says. “When you arrive, you’ll witness a city under siege. Of course, Falkreath is not without its protectors, as Jarl Skjoralmor’s daughter, Eerika, has mounted a spirited defense, but the city’s tall walls cannot hold back the invaders forever, and without help, it’ll soon fall.”

You, of course, are that help; you’ll be defending the city and diving into the Falkreath Hold dungeon specifically in exchange for ridiculous piles of gear upgrades and loot. In fact, once you’ve beaten the dungeon, you’re in for a special treat:

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Here’s everything coming in Elder Scrolls Online’s Horns of the Reach DLC

Back at E3, we got a sneak peek into The Elder Scrolls Online’s post-Morrowind plans — how could ZeniMax follow something like Morrowind up? Easy: It’s starting with Horns of the Reach, the game’s August DLC and the subject of today’s dev blog.

HOTR’s headlining feature is its pair of new dungeons in both normal and veteran modes.

“The first of these new activities is Bloodroot Forge, an ancient, long-forgotten forge that was recently rediscovered by the Reachmen and their minotaur allies. This forge, rumored to have been created by the Daedric prince Hircine, can create weapons of unbelievable power. When exploring this new dungeon, you will navigate through heavy vegetation and deep, lava-filled corridors to reach the heart of the forge and put a stop to Gherig Crowblood’s plans.

“The second dungeon is Falkreath Hold, a township under siege that will soon fall to the marauding hordes of Domihaus the Bloody-Horned. You and your companions must break the siege, move into the town and Jarl’s Hall, and defeat the monstrous warlord himself.”

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E3 2017: Elder Scrolls Online announces Horns of the Reach and Clockwork City DLC

The Elder Scrolls Online already spent its big ammo last week when Morrowind actually launched, but it’s part of Bethsoft’s E3 production all the same. In fact, the studio brought a new trailer for the expansion to the show. The earliest bits are admittedly cheesy since it features gamers reacting to the game, but I dare you not to crack a smile on the way to the latter half, which is loaded with gorgeous visuals of the game.

The best part? After touting its 10M players number, Bethsoft drops a fast coming-soon tease for two new DLC: Horns of the Reach and Clockwork City. The Horns of the Reach DLC, due out in August, launches two new dungeons — Bloodroot Forge and Falkreath Hold — and herald a free update that includes new battleground bits, homes, cosmetics and other buyables. The Clockwork City DLC, on the other hand, takes players deep into Sotha Sil’s lair with “10 hours of fresh content.” That one’s out later this year; the studio says even folks who haven’t bought Morrowind can still pick this one up.

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