Elder Scrolls Online plans chapter reveal for January 15 as dataminers suss out our next province

    
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We’ll be hiding spoilers in spoiler code for this piece, so don’t panic. But maybe skip the comments if you want to stay unspoiled! :)

Is Sunday a weird day to make this kind of announcement-of-an announcement – plans for the year’s big event for a top MMO? Probably, but given that dataminers have already scooped up the info and leaked it out to eager beavers, it makes a lot of sense.

We’re talking here, of course, about The Elder Scrolls Online and the expansion-like chapter it traditionally releases at midyear. ZeniMax’s post today admits “the cat’s of out the bag” on the “upcoming ESO chapter” as well as “what’s coming to the game in 2019,” complete with plans for a formal reveal later this month.

“Tune in to Twitch.tv/Bethesda on Tuesday, January 15 at 5:00PM EST to be one of the first to learn about the next exciting adventure in The Elder Scrolls Online. Join us as Creative Director Rich Lambert announces what is coming to ESO in 2019 live to the world from the Twitch studio in San Francisco.”

ZeniMax is dishing out award awards for the community, depending on how many people show up for the stream; for example, if 90,000 people tune in, Rich Lambert is getting a game-themed tattoo. Let’s make this happen, fam.

So, what can we expect from the reveal? Here’s where the spoilers come in.

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According to website AlcastHQ, whose author mined the ESO website for clues, a hidden paragraph appears to confirm rumors that we’re going to Elsweyr (home of the Khajiit), that we’ll finally be playing Necromancers, and that the year’s other DLC will tie into the chapter. Here’s the whole blurb:

“Venture to the land of the Khajiit in The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr, our newest chapter, an epic story in an all-new zone. Face dread creatures from the past—Dragons!—and discover the dark skills of a new character class, the Necromancer, as you join with new friends and old enemies to save Elsweyr from war and devastation. ESO reaches new heights of storytelling with a war against the Dragons that unfolds and builds over four quarterly releases to an unexpected climax.”

Even if it’s not your cup of winter rose tea, you gotta know that Elder Scrolls Online’s chapters are generally awesome and worth ogling even if you don’t play. Morrowind propelled ESO to our top honor in 2017, and Summerset was named our best expansion or update of 2018 too.

Source: Official site, AlcastHQ, official forums. Thanks, Panagiotis.
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Jokerchyld

Well… what type of Necromancers? The conjuring the dead kind? Or the life stealing, disease spreading kind? I like the latter. Maybe its both, but either way BFA has failed miserably for me and now is a great time for me to return to ESO.

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Toy Clown

Ohhh! Might be time to roll out a Bosmer Necromancer. What a perfect way to regurgitate a minion! If Bosmer can be Necros… they better not be left out!

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xpsync

Necromancers! That “might” get me to fire up ESO again. If only ESO’s world was as rich, organic and detailed as Fallout 76’s is. ESO graphics are good mind you but they are that plastic picture good not living breathing world good like Fallout 76’s is.

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Michael18

Exactly my issue with ESO, too. Together with the load screens everywhere (e.g. at each and every building) this “plastic picture” look somehow makes the world feel artificial to me. The fact that they distribute POIs, quests, etc. so evenly across the zones further contributes to that. Limited verticality doesn’t help either. Just compare this to something like Pandaria in WoW!

Don’t wanna bash ESO or anything. I’m always happy to read good news about the game and I think it’s def one of the best of the newer MMOs. It’s just the world building that makes it difficult for me to really enjoy the game. But maybe I’ll give it another try sometime this year.

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Mordyjuice

the only thing ESO is missing that would make the world feel more organic or life like would be GW2 type of events or to change the Anchor/Geyser system in to a Rift Zone Invasion type situation.

That said ESO has lore out the wazoo, I think that even after playing a couple hundred hours in Skyrim already.

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hurbster

It’s considerably richer, more organic and interesting than Fallout 76.

With NPC’S…

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butterpanda888

Necromancers?! Elsweyr?! Dragons?! Count me in!

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Roger Melly

;) spoilers :P

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butterpanda888

Nah, I didn’t spoil anything. I didn’t give context. ;)

For instance, I didn’t say how a cult of dragon riding necromancers from Elsweyr is going to be invading Cyrodiil. Oops! JK ;)

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NeoWolf

Maybe Necromancers?! Elsweyr?! Dragons?! Count me in?

Tyg, corrected lol

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hurbster

I have some lore concerns but otherwise pretty hyped.

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Randy Savage

Lore concerns? In an MMO? Nahhhh! Don’t worry aboot it, buddy!

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Mordyjuice

Don’t worry about it, I bet you anything the expansion ends with a Dragon Break which can let ESO branch out and do what ever they want like EQ2 being different from EQ1.

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hurbster

Like a non PvP version of Cyrodil ?

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Ironwu

Well with another ESO Chapter + DLCs coming out in 2019, and with WoW Classic coming out in 2019, it is probably ok that some of my other MMO interests likely won’t be out in 2019. Just don’t have the bandwidth for more than two at a time!

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Randy Savage

Necro? Couldn’t be any more disappointing than the way the Warden turned out… oh wait.. it can..

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NeoWolf

I don’t think the Warden is a bad class per se.. but I DEFINITELY wish they had not locked it into a single animal. That decisions blows major chunks.

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Daniel Miller

Will wait to judge, but unless a new weapon with the class, it be boring.

Spears, scythe, something…..

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Phluxxed

Cat land! Was hoping for a Monk class the moment I read that, but Necro should still be pretty cool!

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Sana Tan

Hyped for necromancer but at the same time I hope for a new magicka weapon cause I’m so tired of staves.