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.Click to reveal potential spoilers!
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.
— The Elder Scrolls Online (@TESOnline) January 6, 2019