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The Elder Scrolls Online

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: ZeniMax Online Studios
Release Date: April 4, 2014

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'The Elder Scrolls Online' (ALL) Stonethorn DLC & Update 27 Details - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 8, 2020 @ 12:50 p.m. PDT

The Elder Scrolls Online is the first Elder Scrolls game to allow gamers to explore the legendary Elder Scrolls world with others.

Explore a rich, living world with friends or embark upon a solo adventure. Enjoy complete control over how your character looks and plays, from the weapons you wield to the skills you learn – the choices you make will shape your destiny. Welcome to a world without limits.

Battle, craft, steal, siege, or explore, and combine different types of armor, weapons, and abilities to create your own style of play. The choice is yours to make in a persistent, ever-growing Elder Scrolls world.

Discover the secrets of Tamriel as you set off to regain your lost soul and save the world from Oblivion. Experience any story in any part of the world, in whichever order you choose – with others or alone.

Using ZeniMax Online’s Megaserver technology, players will join one connected world with a built in social network that lets them stay up-to-date with everything their friends are doing.

Megaserver technology avoids the hassle of shard selection and makes The Elder Scrolls Online one of the most socially enabled games ever created.  Whether playing alone, or with hundreds of friends, players can develop their own style of play as they embark upon an epic quest across Tamriel.

Delve deeper into the Dark Heart of Skyrim in the upcoming Stonethorn DLC for ESO’s Greymoor Chapter. Take on two brand new dungeons and continue the yearlong story of the Greymoor Chapter.

Take on two brand new dungeons and continue the yearlong story of the Greymoor Chapter. Face off against monsters and vampires in Castle Thorn, and work your way through the Alchemist Arkasis’ secret lab in the Stone Garden.

“These dungeons explore different aspects of the Greymoor Chapter,” explains Mike Finnigan, ZeniMax Online Studio’s Encounter Lead. “Castle Thorn features a foreboding keep where a Vampire Lord secretly builds a dark army, while Stone Garden is set within the laboratory of a mad alchemist, dedicated to perfecting his monstrous creations.”

“The Dark Heart of Skyrim deals with some of the vilest creatures in the Elder Scrolls mythos and shines a light on the Gray Host, an ancient army composed of Werewolves and Vampires,” explains Finnigan. “With these dungeons, we wanted to explore darker themes and highlight those two aspects of the Gray Host’s army.”

All of this carries over to the dungeons’ narratives, too, and while these monsters have always been a part of ESO and Tamriel, this year-long storyline has allowed the team to craft some truly horrific tales and tell a darker story. 

“Werewolves, Vampires, mad scientists and their abominable creations are all the stuff of nightmares, and now you get to explore more of these classic horror elements in Tamriel, too.” 

Of course, these dungeons are more than dark tales of monsters and heroes, they’re also challenging PvE experiences in their own right, sure to put you and your group to the test. 

“We always try and challenge players to use familiar aspects of the game in new and different ways and infuse more exploration moments into our designs,” says Finnigan. “These two areas have culminated in some unique mechanics within Stone Garden in particular, where players can utilize alchemy in ways they haven’t before.” 

Using the tools available, you might even discover a way to fight monsters with monsters! Even better, should you complete these dungeons, you’ll earn unique rewards including powerful new item sets, collectibles, and Achievements. 

In addition to the Stonethorn DLC, this release also includes the Update 27 base-game patch. While it will include performance improvements in addition to the usual bug fixes and balance changes, it also features a brand new update to the Homestead system: Character Pathing.

“Previously, pets, mounts, and assistants were all stationary when placed in a home,” explains Cullen Lee, one of Zenimax Online Studios’ System Designers. “With Character Pathing, you can now build specific paths for each of these characters to follow, adding new creative ways to make your home feel more alive than ever before.”

With Character Pathing, the goal for the team was to help players express themselves creatively within their homes, while keeping it as accessible as possible.

“We wanted the system to give as much creative freedom to players as possible, while still keeping it accessible and fun,” says Lee. “For us, this meant allowing people to place path nodes anywhere in 3-D space and doing our best to ensure that the resulting path works as well as it can.”

With this focus on the first-time experience, the team has made it easy for you to build a basic path while still allowing you to learn some more of the complex aspects of this new tool at your own pace — have fun!

Thanks to two exciting new dungeons and a major addition to the Homestead system, Stonethorn and Update 27 bring challenging new adventures and creative new tools for you to experience in The Elder Scrolls Online. 

Even better, both The Elder Scrolls Online Standard Edition and The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor are on sale at PlayStation Store now, making this the perfect opportunity for you to begin your Dark Heart of Skyrim adventure in time for Stonethorn.

Stonethorn is coming to PC/Mac and Stadia on August 24, and Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on September 1.

Greymoor brings players to Western Skyrim, the frozen homeland of the Nords, and the long-forgotten Blackreach cavern—expanded from what players originally explored in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim—to fight sinister monsters while unlocking the secret of the Dark Heart of Skyrim.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor is the next Chapter of ZeniMax Online Studios’ online RPG. For the first time since The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, players and their friends will return to the frozen tundra and snowy mountains of Western Skyrim, as well as venture underground into an even larger and more perilous Blackreach than ever before. While the Greymoor Chapter is one of The Elder Scrolls’ darkest stories yet, there are still heroes that spark hope: returning from the base game are Lyris Titanborn and House Ravenwatch who will take the fight to those that stalk the night.

The Greymoor Chapter features a gothic and gritty main story and side quests, harrowstorms (open world group events similar to Dark Anchors), a massive new 12-player trial Kyne's Aegis, the new Antiquities system (travel across Tamriel to recover lost artifacts and rare antiquities, unlocking powerful new gear and rewards for all types of players), public dungeons and delves, and much more. With around 30 hours of new story content to experience, The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor brings entirely new experiences toESO, presenting veterans and those new to the game with astounding new stories and content.

The Elder Scrolls Online is currently available for PS4, Xbox One and PC, coming to Xbox Series X and PS5 at a later time.

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