Publisher Bethesda Softworks and developer Zenimax Online Studios have shared new info and gameplay for The Elder Scrolls Online’s next expansion – Blackwood, as well as its new companion system, new regions from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion that are making a comeback, like Leyawiin.
Here’s a rundown on the new content:
Players will expose the daedric plots and tyrannical schemes consuming the region and must discover their connection to the Prince of Destruction and his dreadful plans for Tamriel. Though Blackwood is a standalone story, its events further the overall Gates of Oblivion narrative that will unfold throughout 2021.
Additionally, players can look forward to our all-new Companions System, designed so whether you play single-player or with friends online, you’ll never have to adventure alone again. Unlocked via the Blackwood main storyline, players can choose between two new companions to start with, whose playstyle you’ll define through selecting their gear and leveling up their skills. Each companion has their own personality, likes and dislikes, and unique questlines. Oh, and be careful with your actions as the deeds you perform will influence rapport with your companion.
Looking to explore some new yet very, very familiar lands? Journey back to iconic locations from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, complete with Leyawiin serving as the Blackwood region’s central hub. Beyond its towering walls lies three distinct biomes, filled with the sinister minions of Mehrunes Dagon, the new Rockgrove 12-player Trial, world bosses, public dungeons, Oblivion Portal World Events and rewards.
Here’s a new trailer:
The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood has its prologue chapter now available to all Elder Scrolls Online players – the full launch of the Blackwood expansion is coming on June 8th across Windows PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4, and Stadia.
In related news, Bethesda Softworks and Zenimax Online Media also confirmed the next-gen versions for the MMORPG as The Elder Scrolls Online: Console Enhanced, alongside a June 8th release date for the ports. You can read more about that here in our other report.
The Elder Scrolls Online is currently available across Windows PC, Mac (both via Steam), Xbox One, PS4, and Stadia.