Christopher Plummer Dies Aged 91 — February 5, 2021
Christopher Plummer, the voice of Arngeir in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has passed away. Beginning his professional acting career in 1953, Christopher Plummer was active as an actor for almost seventy years. Plummer's acting legacy includes performances in works such as The Sound of Music, Waterloo, and A Beautiful Mind. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Taylor, and his daughter, Amanda Plummer.
Dwarven Mail Creation Temporarily Free — February 4, 2021
Robert A. Altman Dies Aged 73 — February 2, 2021
The Elder Scrolls Online Starts Midyear Mayhem Event — January 28, 2021
The Elder Scrolls: Blades Patch 1.11 Releases — January 28, 2021
The Elder Scrolls Online Reveals Details on Gates of Oblivion — January 26, 2021
The Elder Scrolls Online team have revealed their plans for the major updates coming in 2021. This year will feature another year-long story arc, called the Gates of Oblivion. Gates of Oblivion will have you join forces with Eveli Sharp-Arrow and Lyranth as you unravel the plans of the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon and his mysterious Four Ambitions. Like in previous years, there will be four primary releases, two dungeon DLCs, one chapter, and one zone DLC. The names for the first dungeon DLC and chapter were announced, Flames of Ambition and Blackwood, respectively. They also provided most of the major details about the first two upcoming releases.
The Flames of Ambition DLC will feature two new dungeons, The Cauldron and Black Drake Villa. As usual, these dungeons will bring with them new item sets, story quests, and will be integrated as Undaunted Pledges. There will also be a new prologue quest to introduce the story and characters that will be featured, A Mortal's Touch. The Blackwood chapter will bring with it some major new additions to the game, including a new Companions system, a new Trial, Oblivion Portals as a world event, new delves, new public dungeons, new world bosses, solo content, as well as various minor updates and quality-of-life changes. Unsurprisingly, the chapter will be based in the Blackwood region of southern Cyrodiil, and will prominently feature the Argonians and Imperials who populate Blackwood. While its name is currently unknown, the fourth quarter zone DLC will be set in the Daedric Plane of Mehrunes Dagon, the Deadlands.
You can read the official announcement here. You can watch a VOD of the reveal stream here, and you can see the new trailer here.
Dragonscale Creation Temporarily Free — January 21, 2021
The Creation Club updates seems to be returning to its usual schedule after the Holiday Season. As usual, one of the Creations is being offered for free, with the Alternative Armors - Dragonscale Creation currently discounted by 100%. By redeeming it during this period, it will be permanently unlocked to your account, even after the current sale ends. This sale also features the Dwarven Bundle at 20% off, Plague of the Dead at 25% off, the Vigil Enforcer Armor Set at 25% off, Dead Man's Dread at 40% off, and Pets of Skyrim at 50% off.
We anticipate that the current sale will continue until February 4th, and we will update you with more information when it is available.
ESO Plus Free Trial Begins — January 19, 2021
Elder Scrolls Online is holding a free trial for its ESO Plus subscription service. The trial will allow you to access all of ESO's current DLC, up to its most recent DLC, Markarth. All players will also have temporary access to the craft bag, double bank space, double furnishing and collectible space for player housing, exclusive dyes, and double transmute crystal storage. Additionally, all players can temporarily benefit from ESO Plus's 10% bonus to experience, gold, crafting inspiration, and trait research.
To gain access to the free trial you have to log into ESO, go to the Crown Store, select the ESO Plus tab, and select the free trial listing. The free trial is scheduled to run until January 26th at 10AM ET. If you do not choose to continue the subscription after the trial, any goods put into the craft bag during the trial can still be used, although more cannot be put into the bag. However, any transmute crystals obtained over the normal cap will be lost if the subscription lapses. Lastly, If you exceed the normal item limit in your player house, your items can remain as they were, but you will not be able to add more or exchange furniture. You can see the official announcement here.
Elder Scrolls Online Global Reveal Event Delayed — January 13, 2021
The Elder Scrolls Online team has announced that the previously planned reveal event for the upcoming Gates of Oblivion story arc has been delayed. Originally scheduled for January 21st at 5pm ET on Bethesda's Twitch Channel, the preview will now be held on January 26th at 5pm on the same channel. The ESO team stated the change was due to the majority of their team living near the US Capital. Beyond the time change, the event appears to be sticking to its original plan of featuring Matt Firor and Pete Hines officially announcing the new chapter, before Jessica Folsom and Gina Bruno from the ESO Community Team take over after their presentation. Similarly, those who watch live on the 26th will still receive the Viridescent Dragon Frog pet and an Ouroboros Crate for ESO if they watch from a linked account.
The show itself will provide a look at the new content coming in 2021, with additional information being provided by Creative Director Rich Lambert, Art Director CJ Grebb, and Loremaster Leamon Tuttle during the presentation. You can see more details here, and even further details (including stream plans for specific regions) here.
Stalhrim Fur and Nix-Hound Creations Temporarily Free — January 8, 2021
The Elder Scrolls Online: Gates of Oblivion Teasers Sent Out — December 30, 2020
Following the release of its first cinematic trailer, the first physical marketing materials for The Elder Scrolls Online: Gates of Oblivion have been sent out. The teaser material consisted of a letter from Lyranth and a mysterious coin. The letter states that the coin was one of three associated with a faction called the Order of the Walking Flame, and that the coin included a secret hint towards the cult's activities. Lyranth ends the letter with a request that you be prepared to assist her soon, as she would soon have need of a "mortal's touch".
The coins featured various mysterious etchings and symbols, including writing in the Daedric Alphabet. You can see the messages written on the coins transliterated into the English Alphabet here.
The UESP and Imperial Library interview Modiphius Entertainment — December 28, 2020
The UESP and The Imperial Library recently had an opportunity to interview Modiphius Entertainment, the team behind the tabletop adventure wargame The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms. During the interview we had a chance to speak with Gavin Dady, Senior Line Manager, and Chris Birch, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Modiphius. We explored the creative process that goes into new sets, their relationship with Bethesda, their thoughts on other Elder Scrolls games, and much more.
Modiphius also used this interview to do a surprise reveal of their new miniatures based off of familiar characters from Elder Scrolls Online. The new models will also bring with them a series of new scenarios, including ones based off of ESO's cinematic trailers. They are scheduled for release sometime this Spring.
You can see the interview here. You can learn more about Modiphius and their games here. Modiphius Entertainment has also provided an exclusive game scenario for the UESP and TIL, which you can see here. The scenario features a conflict set in Riverwood, starring Ralof and Hadvar in a fight for control of the settlement.