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Here’s how ZeniMax made Elder Scrolls’ Orsinium

Orsinium is coming to Elder Scrolls Online next month, but you can get an eyeful of it now thanks to a new ZeniMax dev blog called Creating Orsinium. The region was last seen nearly 20 years ago in The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, and the blog looks at how the design and art teams iterated on that initial presentation to come up with an “Iron City” that fits the pre-existing lore.

ZeniMax says that the zone is similar to ESO’s starting city of Daggerfall, though Orsinium feels bigger because of its vertical design. The blog has all the details, including concept art and a fly-through video that you can see after the break.

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Elder Scrolls Online’s Maelstrom Arena is a progressive solo challenge with leaderboards

Elder Scrolls Online has posted the final Orsinium guide to its website. Today’s blurb focuses on the solo-challenge Maelstrom Arena, which is a progressive instance located in the mountains of northeastern Wrothgar. Getting there is as easy as traveling to Orsinium and then to the arena’s icon on the map.

Inside you’ll find nine arenas, each with a different theme, and each with four different types of sigils. Sigils provide you with powerful temporary buffs if you walk near them and press the corresponding button. The Maelstrom Arena also features leaderboards for every class, and ZeniMax will grant special in-game rewards to the top players of each class on a weekly basis. You’ll need to be Veteran Rank 16 to qualify for the leaderboards.

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Elder Scrolls Online patches in fixes, introduces Forge-Mother Alga

Elder Scrolls Online has been busy patching all three versions of its game this past week. A small PC and Mac patch fixed a few issues with the Imperial City and Coldharbour, while a much larger PlayStation 4 and Xbox One patch shored the game up on those consoles (including revealing “invisible guild store prices”).

Players looking ahead to the Orsinium DLC can meet one of the update’s major figures in a dev diary: Forge-Mother Alga. Alga is King Kurog’s mother and a generally wise and respected figure in the court.

Orisinium is coming on November 2nd to PC and Mac, Xbox One on November 17th, and PlayStation 4 on November 18th.

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Tamriel Infinium: Orsinium makes me forget the things I don’t like about ESO leveling

Anyone reading this column regularly understands that I have a bit of a tiff with ZeniMax because of the way it’s handled the leveling process in Elder Scrolls Online. And I honestly don’t think the devs are going to really change anything. However, I would like to give credit where credit is due. With the Orsinium DLC, ZeniMax might have captured the essence of my ESO playstyle.

I will log on, do a few quests, mostly by myself, then log out. I’m not hunting for group content. I’m definitely not looking for PvP. Sometimes, I’ll log in with a friend, and we will knock around a public dungeon or two. But mostly, I play ESO because I like the quests and I like being a werewolf. It’s not a hardcore game for me. In fact, it’s barely an MMO based on how I play the game. But I don’t have a problem with that. Everyone else can run around doing all the great group content and RvR PvP. I am content doing what I do. And with the latest DLC, it’s almost like ZeniMax read my mind.

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Check out this guide to Elder Scrolls Online’s Orsinium

We’re about a month away from Elder Scrolls Online’s next DLC update, which will open the doors to the Orcish ancestral city of Orsinium. To help prepare players for this large addition to the game, ZeniMax published a guide today covering what Orsinium has to offer in both activities and rewards.

When players arrive in Orsinium, they’ll be helping King Kurog rebuild the city and unite the various factions, after which we assume that there will be an MMO cross-over assault on Orgrimmar. Actually, past that there are two public dungeons to beat, a massive zone to explore, a single-player arena, and world bosses to down.

Orsinium will be a tempting destination, as player efforts can result in acquiring one of the 18 new armor sets, new crafting recipes, and six additional costumes.

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Reforge Orsinium in Elder Scrolls Online’s new DLC, due in November

Landing on The Elder Scrolls Online’s public test server today is the game’s next DLC, set in Orsinium, the ancestral home of the Orcs. Says Bethsoft,

Orsinium, the ancestral home of the Orcs, is being rebuilt deep in the Wrothgar Mountains, and King Kurog has sent out a call across Tamriel for intrepid adventurers to assist in its rebirth. The latest DLC game pack for the award-winning The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited takes you to the mountains of Wrothgar, and to the Orc capital itself, to unravel plots and counter-plots, and encounter all-new enemies and allies. Orsinium, ESOTU’s largest game pack to date, features a colossal new zone to explore, new quests and mysteries, a new single-player arena, new public dungeons, and much more!

The studio promises over 20 hours of content and a staggered launch: PC/Mac on November 2nd, Xbox One on November 17th, and PlayStation 4 on November 18th. If you already have an ESO Plus membership, the DLC is included, but if not, you can snap it up for 3000 crowns in the cash shop. Check out the new trailer below!

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Elder Scrolls Online hints at Imperial City, Orsinium DLC

The next major milestone for The Elder Scrolls Online is its console release, obviously. But what comes after that? When can players on the PC actually expect to start seeing some new content? What about these whispers about the Imperial City? When do players get to reach the fireworks factory? After the console launch, apparently.

Yes, a quick tweet did not explain exact dates in detail, but it made the overall thrust of things clear. The Imperial City will be released some time after the console launch, with Orsinium slated to come out after that. That could mean both will be out in the next few months, but more importantly it means that players can expect to hear more about it just as soon as the console version is finished with testing and on the shelves.

[Source: Twitter; thanks to Ricky for the tip!]

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