Elder Scrolls Online datamining reveals possible expansion prologue

Ready to head to new lands in Tamriel?

A dataminer discovered some evidence that seems to confirm the long-running rumor about the location of the next “chapter,” or expansion, of Elder Scrolls Online. The information concerns a prologue quest that introduces players to the region. Obviously, don’t click on this link unless you’re willing to be spoiled.

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We’re talking about the Summerset Isles, the home of the Aldmeri – the High Elves. During the quest, the players take a boat to the island to meet the Oracle. While there, players discover a secret message left behind that points to the plight of the Oracle. Cue some realm-jumping and a rescue mission.

Currently, Elder Scrolls Online is testing February’s Dragon Bones DLC, which includes outfit customization. Also, all players can enjoy a free week of subscription-level benefits that is running right now.

Source: Official forums. With thanks to Mr. Bigglesworth!
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Henryk

ah another DLC for a expansion price.

Morrowind was a very small expansion. not worth the price.

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nvidia

Have you heard of the High Elves?

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Coolit

Reading between the lines everything pointed towards this being the next expansion location so it’s no surprise. I just hope there is enough content to warrant the price tag this time.

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Arktouros

Yea after Morrowind we kinda knew ESO was going to turn into the standard expansion mill most big games are. The first of many and I won’t be surprised as they fill the map in between expansions and their game updates they charge for as DLC.

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Zora

With friends we often joke about how ESO is turning into SWTOR, as in… the game being KOTOR 3, 4, 5 and so on with expansions as stand ins for the whole new games that are… most likely not going to ever be published.

I don’t necessarily mind but fans of the single player versions might feel differently. :P

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Arktouros

ESO received a colossal amount of criticism that it was basically just a Elder Scrolls themed MMO rather than an Elder Scrolls game at release and it took them years to turn that around. I mean it was little over a year ago they finally came up with the idea of making players scale to level cap and then just set all the content at level cap to give the illusion of scaling combat.

If Bethesda had released an actual Elder Scrolls game during that period it’d basically demolish ESO which was doing immensely poor prior to a lot of those changes. Last year was probably the first year they could really consider themselves pretty successful. However I imagine in another year or two as ESO stabalizes and potentially flourishes (especially in a age where, honestly, there’s basically no new MMOs coming for that PvE audience) Bethesda can probably release a new Elder Scrolls game since ESO will be in an okay place.

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crowstwo

I’d rather have them release something like Morrowind which is an actual expansion, compared to say, Destiny which is rehashing the same old content, slaps a new color scheme and BAM there is your expansion :).

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bobfish

I don’t see how this makes sense, for two reasons…

1. That location is notorious for being closed to other races, they have zero tolerance of outsiders.

2. They have plenty of areas of the mainland still to explore. Khajiit for example have half a zone dedicated to them as owned lands, where the other races either have entire zones or multiple zones already. Elsweyr isn’t even in the game, which is their homeland, and they continue to ignore Khajiit when it comes to adding racial content like costumes and styles.

This Khajiit is not impressed. :(

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Arktouros

And all 3 factions were at war it didn’t stop them from inserting a plot device to go stomp around in the other factions. Here let me take a whackaroo at this:

Vestige yo yo yoooooo this is the [insert person] over at my crib in [insert place] we all up in trouble over here and need your help like you did with [previous accomplishment reference]. Only you can save us Vestige, but [insert place] may not receive [your race] very well so I gotta disguise you with my magic that may or may not fade at some point as a plot twist in your story later ooops spoilers I said too much haha! Anyways lets go get that new gear and lets go defeat that dark force that only specifically you in a world of a bunch of people like you can stop!

Whew. I should be a MMO writer.

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Coolit

There are many people wanting to see Elsweyr, hopefully one day!

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zoward

I’m hoping they’re saving it for the next single player Elder Scrolls title.

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Bryan Turner

This has been floating around Reddit for weeks actually from breadcrumbs that were data mined from the client, I’m assuming this current information was picked up from the PTR.

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Knox Harrington

Just what high fantasy games need! More elf stuff!