E3 2019: Everything we know so far about Elder Scrolls Online’s new DLC, Scalebreaker and Dragonhold

    
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The Elder Scrolls Online got a spotlight during Bethsoft’s BE3 showcase last night, but it was surprisingly brief, with the highlights being the trailer and the names of the two new DLC. We guess it made more time for DOOM, but we just wanted to see more Tamriel! Anyway, fortunately ZeniMax had up much more information for players after the show.

The first DLC, coming in quarter three of this year, is called Scalebreaker, and it’s the dungeon-focused pack with two new dungeons, Moongrave Fane and Lair of Maarselok.

“Both of these challenging new dungeons are part of the Season of the Dragon storyline, pitting you and your team against Dragons like the ones you faced in Elsweyr. However, not all want to destroy the legendary beasts, and the Halls of Colossus was not the only place that held Dragons. Both dungeons showcase stunning new environments, challenging battles, and compelling stand-alone stories that tie into the Season of the Dragon. The battles ahead might appear daunting, but those brave few willing to face the challenges within Moongrave Fane and Lair of Maarselok will receive powerful new items and unique collectibles as rewards.”

As for the second DLC, that one’s called Dragonhold, and it’s due out by the end of the year and will presumably bring to a close the Season of the Dragon plot that’s dominated 2019. Explorer types, this one’s for you, as Dragonhold introduces the new Pellitine zone in Southern Elsweyr, “a lawless wasteland impacted by a deadly plague almost 20 years ago.” This is where popular lore character Sai Sahan comes in.

“[In Pellitine], you must gather allies (including fan-favorite Sai Sahan), reform the ancient Dragonguard order, develop powerful new tools and weapons, and put an end to the Dragon menace before it threatens to engulf all of Tamriel,” the studio writes. “As a Zone DLC, the region of Southern Elsweyr will be filled with new quests, Delves, World Bosses, and, of course, Dragon Hunt events, too.”

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mpandu.nky

“Scalebreaker” is such a badass name

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dumpster_baby

If they put as much effort into the game as they did marketing it would actually be a decent mmorpg. The content delivery is stale. The game still has tons of problems that haven’t been fixed. Build variety is nonexistent. Trials run like shit 40-60 fps with laggy animations. Combat needs an entire rework. Performance isn’t going to be fixed.

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Godnaz

ESO vs. GW2 content drops:

This isnt horn tooting or a complaint (okay, maybe a minor one) but more of a content observation when comparing it to GW2, as I am really enjoying ESO so far. I’m 8 weeks new to ESO but not MMORPG’s so it took little time to grasp many of its main arcing mechanics and I’ve still got plenty to learn. I completed Elsweyr in nearly a week. I’ve got most of my journal achievements finished for the zone expansion. Motifs, housing, zone and story items obtained. I’ve still got some time consuming or high level items to complete but am moving along.

That said, ESO operates quite differently when it comes to expansion content drops compared to GW2.

In Gw2, expansions are less frequent but usually consist of a story that plays out over 4 or 5 zones. There are usually one or two main metas in each zone that require more than just killing mobs and bosses, with a host of repeatable quests that tally into the main meta event’s outcome. Personal obtainments like mounts, zone armor, infusions, minis and legendary weapons expand the time and content required to fulfill achievements. Expansions for Gw2 usually run the same price as a full priced game, $59 U.S.. Content updates consist of a zone with new meta, dungeon or raid updates and the personal obtainments just mentioned. These content updates are free and there is no subscription to GW2.

In ESO, expansions are more frequent but are only two zones maximum (could be wrong) with a main group zone meta that so far in Elsweyr, only require killing and not a collaborated effort by many players. The main story arc is more heavily focused in questing, a lot more personal questing (than in GW2) where the outcome happens on an individual level. Killing dragons in Elsweyr (or Dolmans, zone bosses or dungeons) isnt played out for long and many personal obtainments are quickly completed which is wierd because it feels like there is more ‘to do’ on a personal level in ESO where in GW2, it’s heavily focused on group activities. The zones are bigger in ESO but not significantly. ESO content updates are free just like GW2 with a subscription. This makes ESO feel far less social and maybe event attempts at forced social activity like guild only trading and group required content is where I see complaint from its playerbase.

Both realms are gorgeous and both offer something different in way of content and how it’s played. Love playing both games because of the diversity.

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kalamari_

“Expansions for Gw2 usually run the same price as a full priced game, $59 U.S..”

HoT price was 50 and PoF 30. ;)

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miol

– “…put an end to the Dragon menace…”

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Alex Willis

How great was this moment, though?

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NeoWolf

Khamira is just an awesome character from start to finish :)

Although the irony of all the ESO cinematics is they show all our favourite NPC’s doing the hard work but in actuality it is US the player who does all the hard work while they actually just stand around and look pretty hehe

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Alex Willis

This is mostly true, though I would cite as a counter-argument the one and only Razum-dar:

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NeoWolf

What did you think of the Raz encounter in Elsweyr? i thought it was pricelsss :)

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Alex Willis

Haven’t gotten there yet. Got sucked into a pit of Total War for a few weeks but am back in ESO now. But pretty much everything RzD touches turns to gold, so.

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NeoWolf

This is no different, prepare to laugh a lot as I say it is a priceless encounter :)

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Кристалл Величия

I almost laughed my head off during the Raz part, 10/10 :D

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Eliandal

Not so interested in the dungeons, very interested for Dragon hold though. Stream was kinda blah, although the trailer was great. Loved the hiss ;)! Thank the heavens for multi-streamers, 2 minutes in Twitch chat was just … UGHHH!