Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr campaign is officially launched with its new trailer

    
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After two weeks of early access while PC players got to explore The Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr, roll all the cat people, and be heckled by guards over their noobie Necros, the campaign has finally formally launched, meaning that console players can join the fun today. Elsweyr is the biggest single content drop of the year for the top-tier MMORPG, complete with the brand-new Necromancer class, and of course, dragon content pushing along the Season of the Dragon plot, and a slice of the Khajiit-themed Elsweyr zone itself – and all the questlines it brings.

“Existing players can purchase The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr Digital Upgrade for $39.99 USD while new players can purchase The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr Standard Edition, which includes the base ESO game, as well as the Morrowind and Summerset Chapters, for $59.99 USD.”

And don’t forget that you need to log in a toon before your extra character slot from Elsweyr is added to your account. Don’t miss all of our Elsweyr coverage to date, plus the new trailer!

Source: Press release
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Fenrir Wolf

Urgh. I still couldn’t stomach it. I watched as much of the trailer as I could… It’s so Game of Thrones-y.

That’s clearly what they’re going for. The last season thereof, specifically. I mean, the khajiit are the immediately obvious stand-ins for GoT’s non-white minorities, since khajiiti culture draws much from minority cultures. And right from the very blinkin’ beginning of the trailer…

Weak, hopeless khajiit. White saviours. Weak, hopeless khajiit. White saviours. Weak, hopeless khajiit. White saviours.

Couldn’t they have used more races/other ethnicities instead of making it all so white? It really doesn’t sit well with me. They did the same thing with the story trailer, with the “exotic” minority tour guide and the very white scholar (since minority ethnicities can’t be scholars). That didn’t sit well with me then, either.

Honestly, this is my biggest problem with it.

I mean, there are others, for sure. Randomly dropping dragons into a place because ‘LOL GoT’ without a damn good reason is just annoying and immature, ESO deserves better than that. Furthermore, the deep, rich culture of both the khajiit and Elsweyr alike could’ve been used to tell a compelling story without even having to rely on ‘LOL GoT’ in the first place.

Seriously, this whole “LOL GoT” thing is just jumping the shark. “Look at us! We can do Game of Thrones, too! We’re still relevant, hip, and groovy!”

It’s just a withering, wearisome thing that they also had to add on top the depictions of racism from GoT as well. There’s no denying that both abstractly—from our outside perspective—and literally—from an in-Universe perspective—that the khajiit are a minority.

Of all the things they could’ve done, why this? Why this?

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Randy Savage

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Mordyjuice

Slumming it with Cadwell.

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G0dl355

This game needed new weapon types more than a new class. Every stam dps class is forced into dual wield/bow, every magic class a fire staff. I dont even want to buy the xpack becaus I don’t feel like leveling a necro with the same damn weapons I been using for 2 years.

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miol

rawr!

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Bruno Brito

Fourty bucks for a xpac? Damn son. Considering i’ll pay 4x it’s price, yeah, no.

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Mordyjuice

Besides you still need a new fan.

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Akagi

Wait one year and you will get this CHAPTER for free for a $20 purchase with the base game.

The game is garbage and a ripoff.

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Godnaz

ESO: Elsweyr is a pretty zone especially at night, with a desert paradise feel to it.

The main city Rimmen, has one of the more convient crafting, commerce, banking hubs in the game that I’ve seen so far. You receive two housing locations within Rimmen, both free. One to start with at the Inn, a small room. Then half way through the main quest line of Elsweyr, you unlock a spacious hall dwelling upgrades as you progress through the story quest line. It’s for great lighting can easily provide room for all your functional and RP living needs.

I don’t want to spoil the story as it’s worth a single play through. The dragon events are well advertised and bring players together fairly quickly for a decent group combat encounter. Delve and dungeon diversity is where the new zone really shines IMO. Lots of unmarked caves, chambers and catacombs to explore, many of which are only directed to by way of questing.

The new Necromancer class is not ground breaking nor is it bland. It’s got a great mix of raw and condition damage, summoned minion support and health siphon that makes running a healing staff more of a necessity in contained group content than open world or questing.

As a newer ESO player, it’s all pretty fresh for me. I’ve got lots to do and I’m enjoying taking my time and going any direction I want in the game to do it.

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Godnaz

Sorry for grammar. On tablet, doesn’t like to word right.

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Alex Willis

Reads pretty well to me! Good review.