Elder Scrolls Online’s Blackwood launches on console today – here’s the new trailer

    
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While PC, Mac, and Stadia fans are already deep in Elder Scrolls Online’s Blackwood chapter, but console fans are only just getting their first go-round today as the chapter has officially launched for them too, complete with a new trailer.

As we’ve been covering all year, the centerpiece of Blackwood is the new companion system, which grants players their own NPC follower to help out in combat. Thereโ€™s also a new 12-person raid, the new Oblivion portal world events, and the Blackwood zone itself, amounting to “over 30 hours of new story content,” according to ZeniMax Online Studios. And of course, this the plotline pushes along the Gates of Oblivion narrative, “task[ing] players with exposing the daedric plots and tyrannical schemes consuming the region” as they “discover the connection of these plots to the Prince of Destruction and his dreadful plans for Tamriel.”

If you’re still hankering for Console Enhanced, that’s next week, so a bit more patience is in order. While you wait, you can check out our interview with ZeniMax’s Rich Lambert and watch the brand-new console trailer below.

Source: Press release
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BalsBigBrother

I took a look this morning after the servers finally came back online from the extended maintenance.

The delay wasn’t too bad, certainly not as bad as the NA pc megaserver woes. It seems to be really struggling following the Blackwood launch. Noticed a lot of short notice maintenances popping up for it.

I poked my nose in to the new chapter zone long enough to get one of the companions (will probably go back for the other soonish.). Don’t want to start the zone quest until the console enhanced patch so went back to what I was doing with companion in tow.

Quite impressed with the companion. For a laugh I went into one of the starter group dungeons and was able to solo through it fairly easily. My level 29 warden has no CP or fancy gear. The companion was in their starter white gear with a white companion restoration staff so they could heal.

Might go do some more dungeons later when I have time just to see how far I get through the list before it gets too much. Seems like a good way for me to level myself and the companion skills in any case.

Too early for me to have any opinion on anything else regarding this chapter.

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Paragon Lost

Damn, I must not have found the companion quest thread yet. I’ve done quite a few quests in Blackwood too. Hmmm.

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Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ๐Ÿ I think it will.

Edit: Wow, yup I was doing what I thought was the main quest line and wondering why I’d not seen a companion. I was too focused and missed those two areas. Thanks, seriously.

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I have done my best to avoid Blackwood spoilers so I can experience it as blind as possible. The exception being companions and I used a guide for those.

The only thing I have done and will do till next week in Blackwood was beeline straight to both companion quests to unlock them on a couple of my characters.

I like that companion level progress is account wide but each character that you want to use them on will have to complete the respective companion intro quest.

I only have 3 lowbies so far but I imagine that will be a bit a pain for folks who are maxed out on character slots. Still it’s not a long quest for either of them so not too bad.

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Paragon Lost

That’s what I was trying to do as well. Just starting with the quest that led me there and just following that. lol. I really thought I’d stumble into the companion quest line because I mistakenly thought it would be part of the main quest that got me there. Opps.