Elder Scrolls Online’s new trailer teases Dark Heart of Skyrim for 2020

    
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Elder Scrolls Online’s new trailer teases Dark Heart of Skyrim for 2020

At The Game Awards tonight, ZeniMax revealed a sweet new Elder Scrolls Online trailer as promised, capping off the game’s Season of the Dragon and following up its two earlier cinematics with this third and final episode. Press F to pay respects to a certain fan-favorite character…

And also pay close attention to the very end of the video, as it becomes clear from the trailer that we’ll be heading off to Skyrim in 2020. As we’ve previously noted, the studio will be announcing its year-long arc plan on January 16th from its Vegas event, but as the reveal makes clear, the arc itself is called the Dark Heart of Skyrim.

Source: YouTube, press release, The Game Awards

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Slasher Zet

Todd Howard, you son of a bitch, you did it again…

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Bryan Correll

I think that trailer’s a fake. Do you expect me to believe that Abnur Tharn actually DOES something instead of going on about needing to conserve his power?

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Alex

😆 Well that final look could have been “I am just gonna take a nap and rest look”

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Bruno Brito

What do you think that last scene was.

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Toy Clown

Louisoix = Abnur?

Joking aside, ESO and FFXIV both are tops for storytelling in the business.

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Alyn

oh my gosh not again!!!
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Now it’s gonna have a horrible new login screen and music to the reflect the theme of this old (read “new”) and horrible chapter of TES. Skyrim was the worst game and the worst location. I’m glad I quit this game, but on the other hand I’m glad they are doing this, because it means the faster they are done with this horrible chapter, the faster things can move on to something more interesting, like Black Marsh or Hammerfell.

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Alex

Skyrim was the worst game LOL. Thats a spicy take

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Morrowind was the best TES game, Skyrim was a dumbed-down shallow action game with dragons and vikings.

Even Oblivion was better where everyone looked like a grandma, at least they didn’t dumb-down all the skills completely:

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In Skyrim you learn the story before you even take control of your character, in Morrowind, you play for hours and have no clue what’s up. Talk about predictable, watered down game with the biggest cliches ever – dragons and vikings… woah, so original.

In Morrowind when you join one guild, you can’t join a certain other, because they hate each other, this also means the NPCs now hate you too and won’t cooperate with you, in Skyrim you join everything and become the leader of everything in 5 minutes. Skyrim’s Mages guild quests are a complete joke, same goes for the rest of them. Good luck becoming the leader of the Mages guild in Morrowind in 5 minutes…

Skyrim is a game when you want to introduce your grandparents to gaming, because it’s so simple and dumbed-down that even if they don’t know how to use a computer, they will create a better character than yours in no time. 17 years later I still don’t know the full extent of the Alchemy or Spell Making in Morrowind.

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NeoWolf

And yet Morrowind sold 4 million copies and Skyrim sold 20 million copies. Clearly “some” people do not agree ;)

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Bruno Brito

Akagi is a huge Classic “fan” ( let’s go with that word ) and already demonstrated in several topics that he has a obsession with oldschool games.

Hell, I like oldschool stuff and i’m not like that.

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Castagere Shaikura

Selling 20 copies at the time compared to the time Morrowind came out is not fair. Morrowind did not get the press as Skyrim got. Morrowind was an RPG that catered to hardcore RPG players while Skyrim was dumbed down for the Xbox kids that hated not having a horse or understanding how the map worked in Morrowind. Or it not being level scaled so you could go anywhere and face no danger. Morrowind will always be the better game.

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NeoWolf

I can’t say I agree with this, simply because it released at the same time for PC and 360 doesn’t equate to it meaning it was made for xbox kids if anything it was made for Elder Scrolls fans and thats about the I.p not the control schemes and minutiae.

As to their marketing that isn’t at all relative as to whether a game is good or not simply how they choose to present it, any differences on that front were business decisions made by THEM not by the audience and from what I recall all the marketing was about being part of a world not selling xboxes :)

The long and short of it is simply that whether people liked Morrowind OR Skyrim both were good games for what they did and with that said it is also indisputable that Skyrim had the wider appeal so much so that it put it in the Top 20 list of Best Selling games of all time, and I think it’s safe to say the majority of those 20 million people were not unsatisfied customers heck the game still stay on the first page or two of Twitch to this day of games being streamed people “still” love it.

I am a hardcore RPG player too, RPG’s are my bread and butter when it comes to games yet I still loved and enjoyed Skyrim. I do not find liking one in any way a necessitating factor for disliking the other. they are both good games, albeit slightly different, but there is no need to tear one down simply because someone likes the other.

Heck if people wanted a Morrowind type experience in Skyrim and from Skyrim they could have modded it, yet I haven’t seen such a mod trending on NexusMods in the eight years since its release which would lead me to believe they probably don’t.

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Bruno Brito

I know, if only Skyrim was like Classic, eh?

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There is Morrowind, so I don’t need Classic.

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latorn

You know you can like both Morrowind and Skyrim right? I like them both, and even Oblivion as well! :O

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I must admit, Skyrim was my first TES game, but after I played the rest and learned how things went and how Bethesda sold themselves for money and dumbed down each game to turn them into a game even for your pet gold fish to enjoy, I lost all respect for the developers and for the game (Skyrim).

Ok the graphics are nicer than Morrowind, the combat is more action and fluid compared to Morrowind’s D&D board game, dice roll, skill check, but it’s also more dumbed-down. It’s not anymore about who has the better stats, but who can click the mouse faster, there is no skill in that. At least in Morrowind to gain high skill levels and better equipment, you have to walk the walk first.

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Bruno Brito

I must admit, Skyrim was my first TES game, but after I played the rest and learned how things went and how Bethesda sold themselves for money and dumbed down each game to turn them into a game even for your pet gold fish to enjoy, I lost all respect for the developers and for the game (Skyrim).

Yeah, i wasn’t expecting anything else from you, and your wicked saudosism.

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Castagere Shaikura

This is true but I get sick and tired of the crap Morrowind gets from the Skyrim fanboys. Especially how the combat worked. In Skyrim, you pick up a weapon and become an expert on the first swing. In Morrowind, you sucked with it until you used it enough or bought training. And lets not even talk about fast travel.

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Bruno Brito

Well, that’s new.

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Chris Johnson

If you say so…

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Bruno Brito

Now fix the optimization issues, combat, animation cancelling, server lag, and we’ll be gucci.

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Ben Stone

I’d love to really get into ESO, the graphics and locations appeal to me, its just the combat is so damn boring. Can they fix the combat system already?

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They were so incompetent that they couldn’t fix the combat to the point where they start calling it “It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.” Not only that, but with the Tamriel Unlimited or One Tamriel, can’t remember which one it was, when they introduced the level scaling, they made the game so easy you can solo kill world bosses at level 30 while playing with your butt cheeks.

You can pick the game really cheap, but I’d say don’t bother. It’s worth for one quick playthrough for the story. You can play each of the faction’s storyline and then the main quest. Don’t get fooled by the level scaling, you still have to play the zones in their original order to follow the story in its correct order, which defeats the purpose of the level scaling as your still have to play them the way they were meant before scaling was even distant idea.

But after you play through the stories, you will find it hard to stick around, because the game has literally nothing to do, it’s like Retail WoW – you could chase a carrot on a stick at end game just to have a new patch or season release that will make your gear useless and off you go to chase the carrot again.

The base game is cheap to pick up and they do free weeks every so often, but I paid full price for my game and chapters, and honestly, I’m not angry about the spent money, but I wish the game didn’t turn to garbage. It was at its best in 2014 and 2015 before the vocal casuals migrated from Skyrim and took over and ruined the game.

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srmalloy

One of the things that annoys me about combat in ESO is that your ability to use the skills you know is limited by the restriction of the game having to be playable on a game controller, which puts a hard limit on the number of distinct abilities you can have available at one time — hence the ‘front bar/back bar’ silliness. But, then, I spent eight years (and more recently, six months) playing City of Heroes, where having three or more bars with ten slots for abilities was common, and a character might have seven or eight powers active at once, in addition to the combat rotation. The builds in ESO all seem to neck down into a few narrowly-designed optimal arrangements.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Modded Skyrim spoiled me. I could never really get into TESO after playing my Skyrim modpack

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Karma_Mule

It’s really hard to compete with a large community of passionate modders. They can churn out some amazing things.

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Mordyjuice

Hell I’ve spent more time modding Skyrim than actually playing it.

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Java Jawa

lol know the feeling!

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Alex Willis

I play Ultimate Skyrim. It’s just incredible.

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Mewmew

Darn when is our actual gameplay going to look as awesome as they are able to make the CGI story videos look? I’m more into story and fun than graphics, but still that would be supremely cool.

” Press F to pay respects to a certain fan-favorite character…”

He has a way of surviving certain doom, so I don’t think I’ll pay respects quite yet.

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Mordyjuice

People have been asking that about WoW since 2004, in other words this is standard industry practice.

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Mewmew

I like the videos and all, I think they’re really amazing. I’m just daydreaming of playing games with live gameplay graphics that look that good :D I wonder if I’ll still be around when stuff like that becomes a reality one day.

That’s part of what they’re trying to do with the whole streaming video gaming I guess. Being able to have stuff that looks crazy amazing without your own system having to process it. But I want my own system to be able to do stuff like that and hope I’m still alive when stuff like that may become the standard.

I get that the CGI will most likely always be a step ahead until it gets to absolute realism with nowhere else to go though. It’s just nice to daydream about our live play graphics looking that nice despite the fact that it won’t be happening anytime soon, nor maybe even during the time I’m still gaming (though as far as I know I’ll be gaming most of my life).

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blahlbinoa .

Called it. bring in Skyrim and fill the top half of the map.