Niche Gamer Plays – 30 Minute Hands-on with The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset

Niche Gamer Plays is an ongoing video preview series where our staff take an in-depth and yet concise look at classic, current, and upcoming games across all current gaming platforms.

Cody and I got an exclusive, first hands-on preview for the latest expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online, Summerset.

The above gameplay was directly recorded from the Windows PC version of the game, and running at max settings. This has been compressed a bit and is still running at 1080p 60FPS in our recording.

We also talk up the game’s current state, what to expect in Summerset, my man-crush on Todd Howard, and more!

Here’s a rundown on the expansion:


By the decree of Queen Ayrenn, Summerset Isle is now open to foreigners, but a Daedric threat looms over the breathtaking home of the High Elves. Travel to the Summerset Isle, reunite with old friends, and unravel a shadowy conspiracy that threatens all of Tamriel.

This latest Chapter is packed with exciting new features and challenges for new and veteran players alike. In ESO: Summerset, you can:

  • Explore a whole new zone, Summerset Isle
  • Experience an epic main story quest line, concluding the narrative that began in the ESO base game and continued through Clockwork City
  • Join the mysterious Psijic Order for the first time in an Elder Scrolls game and explore their island home of Artaeum
  • Learn a brand-new Psijic Order combat Skill Line, and wield powers over time itself
  • Master a new Jewelry Crafting Skill Line
  • Face the challenges of Cloudrest, a new 12-player Trial
  • Take on new group PvE challenges, including the Abyssal Geysers
  • …and more!

A Beautiful New World to Explore


Summerset is a land unlike any other in Tamriel, and we can’t wait to show you what’s in store for you in the latest Chapter in The Elder Scrolls Online saga. Keep an eye out for more information about ESO: Summerset and Update 18 up to and beyond launch.

The Elder Scrolls Online is currently available for Windows PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset is launching June 5th across Windows PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. An early access release is set for May 31st.

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