Elder Scrolls Online aims to make a ‘familiar and mysterious’ Skyrim with Greymoor

    
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Elder Scrolls Online aims to make a ‘familiar and mysterious’ Skyrim with Greymoor

It almost goes without saying that Skyrim was one of the most beloved CRPGs of the past decade. And while this popularity will help to boost the upcoming Greymoor expansion for Elder Scrolls Online, it’s also raised expectations among fans. This is something that ZeniMax is keenly aware of, but the studio is banking on the mixture of “familiar and mysterious” to draw people in and keep them exploring.

“Players who no longer need the map to navigate Skyrim will do just fine,” the dev team said in this week’s diary. “The geography is there and should be very familiar. However, it IS a much earlier time in Skyrim’s history, so there will be new paths, new caves, and new places to discover.”

The team said that it started with the modern map of Skyrim and then worked back a while, changing some facets while leaving others (such as the city of Solitude) alone. The Nords are going to be even more prominent than in the single-player game, so get ready for a lot of fantasy vikings in your future. Skyrim will also feature the return of the underground realm of Blackreach, which should feature several new locations and surprises for Skyrim vets to uncover.

Our own Tamriel Infinium columnist has posted his own preview for those wanting his hands-on experience!

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Hurbster

To be honest I’d have preferred less underground stuff and more overland. I dislike underground zones, I just go round and round in circles until I get lost like in Moria.

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Kvarin Sunermidst

This should be the very last Skyrim-ish thing we see or hear about at least till the release of VI..

Tamriel is way too big and varied to spend so much time in that one province.. It’s DONE..

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Malcolm Swoboda

Maybe until VI, but not ever. They clearly are leaving room open for content updates in other parts of Skyrim after this year.

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Robert Mann

“Mysterious” in an MMO with exploration mechanics that are pretty much going to be farmed out within a day at the most and posted everywhere.

Good luck with that. You need a LOT more exploration focus, places to go, and hidden paths to get places to even start talking mysterious in an MMO.

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Castagere Shaikura

They should just call ESO Skyrim Online.

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Hurbster

That’s what people wanted on launch and one of the reasons it got a poor reception on release (not by me though). When they actually wanted Co-op Skyrim and got a fairly traditional MMO instead.

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cambruin

I don’t know… familiar? My Skyrim did not have fat Orcs in pink dresses, psycho killers with pet ponies with braided tails, silly names, lootboxes, …

This is not Skyrim and to me not even Elder Scrolls.

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Calm your e-pants, I don’t know why are you so riled up. Skyshit was a shitty game. The last good TES game was and still is Morrowind.

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Hurbster

And the nice thing is that with the release of Greymoor they will both be in ESO ;)

Along with Dune, Sentinel, Alinor, Mournhold, Ebonheart, Windhelm, Wayrest, Daggerfall and others too numerous to mention.

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Hurbster

Have you SEEN some of the ways people have modded their Skyrim? Fat orcs in bridal dresses are positively subtle in comparison.