Leaderboard: Are you all-in for Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr?


Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr is not exactly what I wanted – I’m a Hammerfell and Morrowind girl – but we already got Morrowind, so Elsweyr is basically close enough and I will definitely take it, even if it’s saddled with dragons. That’s just me as an Elder Scrolls fangirl, though; I was looking for a new entry point to get back to the game, and cat people? In the desert? In a province we’ve barely touched? I’m loving it.

As an MMO player and journo, however, I’m… also super excited. I’m stoked to see an MMORPG doing so well and coming up with a consistent content delivery schedule with a workable business model and potent annual expansions. The MMO genre hasn’t had the best run here these last few years, and this game bucks that trend handily, which is why it keeps winning awards. So even if I didn’t care about Khajiit or Tamriel, I’d be rooting for this one.

Then again, I am still not the world’s biggest fan of the combat and character progression in the game, the lockbox-driven business model irritates me, and I suspect a lot of folks are still smarting over Bethsoft’s recent bungles and might be poised to take it out on ZeniMax. Where do you stand – are you all-in for Elsweyr?

Leaderboard: Are you all-in for Elsweyr?

  • Oh heck yeah. Already preordered. (25%, 163 Votes)
  • I'll definitely be buying it before or around launch. (31%, 198 Votes)
  • I'll play, but I'll wait for a sale on the chapter. (17%, 113 Votes)
  • I'm still an Elder Scrolls fan, but I'm wait-and-see on this particular chapter. (7%, 43 Votes)
  • I'm leaning against Elsweyr. (Tell us why!) (2%, 10 Votes)
  • Nah, Elsweyr and catpeople aren't doing it for me. (2%, 10 Votes)
  • Nope, I'm not into Elder Scrolls Online as an MMO to begin with. (8%, 50 Votes)
  • Never been an Elder Scrolls franchise person anyway. (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Still waiting to see how Bethsoft appoints itself post-Fallout 76. (2%, 14 Votes)
  • Something else (tell us in the comments!) (2%, 14 Votes)
  • No response / view tally / elf butts. (4%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 614

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Fenrir Wolf

I admit an appreciation for the catfolk, their history, lore, and homeland and I’d immerse myself in it at the drop of a hat, given the right circumstances.

Bethesda, whilst exemplary keepers of lore and builders of worlds, aren’t exactly known for their talent at weaving a tale. To wit, though some might see the writing of lore as being no different than characters, plots, narratives, and what have you? They require very different skills indeed, and often a prerequisite of creative heft.

Sadly, Bethesda isn’t known for creative heft, more… creative cruft. Even bankruptcy. Some will certainly chime in with how they aren’t the same as ZeniMax Online Studios, which is true, but I don’t know that that applies any more.

I feel that how visibly overall design and writing quality plummeted headfirst off of a cliff with Wolfhunter and Murkmire shows us that all is not well at ZOS towers. In fact, scandalous doings may be afoot, all is not as it seems, prophetic omens, ill winds, et cetera.

I feel much of their talent was siphoned away to work on TES VI: The Most Bloody Boring Region.

Compound this with how a.) there are dragons (because reaosns), b.) redguard necromancers, c.) the lack of khajiiti monks, and d.) the presence of a long dead racist trope in the trailer of a title once known for its sensitivity and you might see what I’m getting at, here.

The dragons are silly. There have been attempts at explanations, though nothing that can stand without some unfortunate retcons. That’s not the worst of it, unfortunately. That dubious honour is awarded to redguard necromancers, an inclusion that contradicts the lore on so many levels it makes my head spin.

Basically, #loreisdead.

If it had launched with a yarn (oh dear) about the moons and Azurah, perhaps even something involving the assembly grounds of the Numidium? And since khajiiti monks were an admittedly genuinely interesting inclusion of ESO itself, had the class been a monk? I’d be paying attention.

This isn’t the same ZOS that masterfully fashioned the Clockwork City and the Thieves Guild, though. This is a very different institution entirely and one that doesn’t really have any passion for the subject material.

It’s all about the money, now. This is a cash-grab. This feels like the last, desperate gasp of an MMORPG that won’t be around for much longer. It’s giving the players all they thought they wanted to make as much money before it disappears.

I think ZeniMax (the parent company) realise that The Elder Scrolls Online peaked a while ago, and it’s only downhill from here.


Leaning against. I mean, dragons, really?! And why launch new dungeons and battlegrounds when you can’t seem to fix you group finder? Past 3 days I’ve been getting nothing but issues. Battlegrounds that won’t start due to not enough people on one or all of the teams, being ‘unable to queu at this time’, standing in queu for 10-15mins as a healer, logging off in frustration as I see my xp buff slowly, but steadily reaching 0.

Nope, great game, great atmosphere, but their lack of respect for the lore and their inability to fix long-time issues have made me cancel my ESO+ and as it’s affecting my mental stability (really busy at work, so I’m looking sooo forward to running some dungeons or battlegrounds) I’m questioning whether I should continue to play as I don’t seem to find any joy in it anymore, logging off in frustration before watching some mindnumbing show on Netflix.

Chris Walker

I’m all in for Elsweyr.

Actually I’m all in for ESO, so Elsweyr is just a given.


I was so disappointed with WoW’s BfA although I have a nice guild there with friendly people, that all I needed was the announcement of Elsweyr and the Necromancer class.

So I’ve quit my WoW sub yet again (see you next expansion), and restarted ESO (yet again).
So yeah, I will be a dark and dangerous Necromancer and I’m looking forward to Elsweyr.


Like so many, I cancelled my WoW sub at the end of Legion. I took that money and subbed to ESO and purchased Summerset. I like it very much – I don’t need more complicated combat. The housing is very good. I’m looking forward to Elseweyr, but I don’t play Khajit because the tails freak me out. :)

Kickstarter Donor

For me I’m a khajiit guy, I’ve always wanted to see Elsweyr, and the mmo seems to be doing alright.

However, I heavily disapprove of their class system, I think Zeni’s version of Tamriel is awful, I subbed to the game and got screwed over for it, I really dislike their cash shop, I dislike their skill system, etc.

So I’ll probably eventually get this when it goes on sale and reviews go out but so far I only have thieves’ guild dlc and nothing else.

Your Honor

ZeniMax Online is as bad as they come when it comes to content they deliver.

They added Orsinium for free or rather a price of the subscription which was as big as their now “expansions”.

Incidentally, they never released another new map of that size for free again, they figured out they can charge for it.

Mostly there is no point to these expansions at all, they don’t really progress your character in any way. So you play for the story? But they are butchering the lore so bad that it’s sad. It’s so sad to see Elder Scrolls IP being dragged through the mud like that. I can only imagine what TES 6 will look like.


Nope. I just got bored of ESO, and never really cared for the FPS style interface. Went back to FFXIV and having more fun in a more traditional MMO.

Toy Clown

I do this every major expansion in ESO: Sub as soon as I hear about it, buy it just before the cut-off date, play at release then go, “Ugh, too many people,” then I’ll cancel my sub and come back later.

Soo… yep! All in.


Any chance to play as a Death Knight is fine by me, that’s basically what you’re going to get once you pop heavy armor, S/B skills, and the appropriate morphs on the appropriate abilities.