Elder Scrolls Online’s Greymoor chapter sends players back to Skyrim today

    
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The Dark Heart of Skyrim is reaching is zenith today with the launch of Greymoor in Elder Scrolls Online. Originally announced in January, the chapter suffered a brief pandemic delay, and there’s been a bit of a scuffle over physical edition codes and megaserver issues (rumor is everyone was granted access to the new zone by accident), but when the servers are live, players will be trekking into Skyrim once again.

As we’ve tirelessly covered, Greymoor introduces the new Western Skyrim zone and its underground Blackreach map, the main storyline tying into the year-long plot, the 12-person Kyne’s Aegis raid, much-needed love for Vampires, and the wide-ranging explorer-centric Antiquities system. Today’s release is on PC, of course, with the console launches set for June 9th. Patch notes for PC are up, including the free 6.0.5 update that runs alongside the paid content.

“Welcome to The Elder Scrolls Online v6.0.5 and our next Chapter: Greymoor! Explore the icy mountains and wild forests of the Nords as you venture forth into Western Skyrim. The land is harsh and unforgiving, much like many of its people and its lords. High King Svargim welcomes you to the capital city of Solitude gruffly, but you’ll have the opportunity to earn the respect of the Jarls and the swordthanes of Western Skyrim—if you survive.

In addition to climbing over the frozen peaks of Western Skyrim, you’ll have the opportunity to delve into its darkest ruins and greatest secrets. Find the hidden entrances to legendary Blackreach, the subterranean realm beneath the lands of Tamriel and explore the darkling caves and forgotten ruins deep below Western Skyrim’s surface. Two wildly different lands, stacked one on top of the other, each threatening … and threatened.

But there is more to Greymoor than defeating evil! Try your hand at our brand new Antiquities system to unearth a ton of legendary relics scattered throughout Tamriel. Between furnishings, Mythic items, a mount, and even siege weapons, there truly is something for everyone. If battle is more your thing, get together with your strongest allies to take on Kyne’s Aegis, our newest 12-player Trial.

Greymoor also features 10 new item sets (including Perfected versions only found in the Veteran Kyne’s Aegis Trial), and of course new Collectibles, Dyes, and Titles. Exploring Blackreach also uncovers new crafting ingredients!

Update 26, which is a free update as part of the base game, includes several other additions and features as well. First, Vampires have received significant changes this update, with a focus on improving the entire experience as a Vampire. If you currently play a Vampire, don’t worry: any experience required for progressing the Skill Line itself has not changed, and you will keep your current ranks. Update 26 also brings several optimizations to both the server and client to improve game performance. You’ll also find several updates to Imperial City, and the addition of Precision Editing Mode for housing enthusiasts.”

Stuck at work? Waiting for the download? Watching Twitter for news on when the servers are back up? You’ll want to take a peek at our Tamriel Infinium column, which has previewed Antiquities, the new areas, and the vampire overhaul, as well as posted a guide to preparation. The intro is a treat for veteran Elder Scrolls fans too.

Update
So the update hasn’t gone well: There’s been extended maintenance for the better part of the day for EU players, while NA players are pretty much stuck in queues into this evening.

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rafael12104

What a difference a day and a couple of maintenances make. Heh.

They took down both NA and EU last night. It was after 11 my time but both regions were without servers for many hours. However, when I tried to log in this morning, expecting the usual launch debacle, it worked like a champ.

Smooth sailing since then too. Now, I am enjoy this.

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After decades of this I’ve learned to either completely avoid the first day of a major new content launch or, if impatient enough, wade in but be ready for all manner of impediments. If things are running fairly smoothly on second or third day after launch that’s fine by me.

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NeoWolf

I will say one thing for the Western Skyrim zone. They have done an awesome job of reproducing it pretty accurately. Obviously it isn’t entirely the same as it is set during a different time to the Skyrim game but the zone is so similar enough that I can literally tell where I am at all time thanks to my thousands of hours familiarity with the Skyrim game.

The fact they have done such a good job on the map accuracy is impressive and I doth my cap to the environmental artists. They knocked it out of the park.

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starbuck1771

Now update us Lycans with new content for us. The eternal war continues. 💀

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Toy Clown

Ahh, I knew I said I’d stay away from the game for a few months while they worked out all the issues that would come with the expansion, but I couldn’t resist a new shiny to play with. It’s been so dry lately.

Been in queue the last hour, so watching Control-Z on Netflix while I wait.

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tinythinker

Many people in EU and NA who bought Greymoor (it shows purchased in the panel) receive a pop-up message when they try to go the new zone saying they are restricted from visiting (but that they can purchase the chapater).

ZOS has announced that they’ve finished and providing grants (of access) to those affected on the EU megaserver. They will do the same for those affected on NA tomorrow morning.

They are also trying to sort out which players were given access to Greymoor who didn’t purchase it.

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tinythinker

Looks like some on NA are getting in who had the “purchased but acting like it wasn’t purchased” issue. Had to exit the game completely. Queue time was down to under 30 seconds. Good luck to others having the issue. See if turning it off and on again helps ;)

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rafael12104

Heh. Servers are overloaded. People have definately been waiting for this. EU servers went down too for maintenance. Whatever that means.

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Doubleplusgood

If you like some good internet drama go and check out the ESO general forums. Bring your popcorn, but you won’t need any salt. Plenty of that in the posts. Looks like it was a very bumpy launch!

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Sorenthaz

When I first logged in today and was greeted with that intro cinematic, my first reaction was simply, “Dammit Todd Howard!”

At the same time that was really clever/tongue-in-cheek to echo the Skyrim beginning and the huge meme that has surrounded that intro. Fallout 76 has a nod to that as well where you could wind up in a wagon with dead settlers or such after drinking some Nukashine.

It’ll be interesting I guess to see what nods they have to Skyrim throughout the areas, but I know this is set centuries before Skyrim proper so I expect there to be things that obviously are long gone by the time of TESV. Somehow I won’t be surprised if people complain about that though.

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To bend the quote from fallout: “Complaining…. Complaining never changes”

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Michael18

I’m taking a weird delight in stubbornly inching through the release content of the game before entering any expansions, so this won’t be for me anytime soon (Aldmeri Dominion and Ebonheart Pact nearly done, soon venturing forth into Daggerfall Covenant territory).

But I hope this update will be a success. Hearing good news from ESO always makes me happy.

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Jokerchyld

Im trying that but its soooooo hard :( What is becoming clear trying to do this, is just how old the content feels (generic quests, basic visuals, etc). I then port to Summerset for a quick peek and I was blown away by the visuals alone. So now Im trying to get to 50 in the old zones so all the new equipment I get in greymoor will be max level. So much to do…

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Michael18

I hit 50 a few weeks ago and was surprised that gear continues to be “level”-adjusted after that. Above 50 it’s tied to your current champions points at the time you obtained it. Not sure how much of a difference it actually makes though.

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styopa

I’d leveled a character up to 50 years ago (46 champ points) and am now coming back, am definitely struggling with the f2p constrained inventory life. :|

I’m kind of thinking maybe I just ignore crafting for now, sell everything from bags and bank that I’m NOT ACTIVELY USING and go like that. Then at least I’ll have space to pick up loot.

I wonder if that’s just entirely a stupid approach.

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Michael18

Ignoring crafting is what I did for a long time (which does not mean it isn’t an entirely stupid approach, hehe). I only deconstructed loot to level the crafting skills and researched whenever I had the opportunity. I destroyed or vendored at least all white crafting mats, sometimes more, and always destroyed the crown store consumables you get from daily log in rewards and such, with very few exceptions.

But you can actually unlock a lot of bank and inv space. Don’t overlook the 60 inventory slots you get via upgrading the horse. Currently I keep most crafting mats I get from deconstruction and I haven’t even started a mule yet. But I still do not loot bags/boxes in the open world or dungeons.

The inventory limits combined with the loot spam is still annoying, but at least I no longer have the impression it’s completely unplayable without the crafting bag.

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Dug From The Earth

This games endgame is about as pointless as endgame in the single player bethesda games… but this expansion might just be worth subbing for a month to play through it.

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Jokerchyld

Well for ESO… to me.. the game itself IS endgame. Like as soon as you start for the most part. Meaning all the stuff you do to level up, you will mostly likely do when you reach max level. In a way a kind of like that. You never get left back (so you can play in spurts without “missing out”), Always have someone to play with, and can jump right into the latest content if you want.

ESo is a progression based game where the goal is basically to progress your character to what you want it to be. Where by contrast I see WoW as a competition based game where I try to push my character through the hardest content I can do. I like both, but for different reasons. Shadowlands is sounding good so far.

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Matthäus Wey

You have to buy it to play through it (just so you know).

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Jokerchyld

My sweet summer child… I have pre-purchased Greymoor and Shadowlands as soon as they were available :)