The Elder Scrolls Online‘s next big chapter takes players back to one of Tamriel’s most beloved regions: Skyrim. While the region has appeared in the MMO before, the new chapter, titled Greymoor, fully unlocks the western part of Skyrim, which is under the rule of a vampire lord that players will likely have to defeat during their quest.
Greymoor is part of a year-long “interconnected adventure” called The Dark Heart of Skyrim. The story is set 900 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and fans of the RPG should expect a very different version of the great white north than they’re used to. Bethesda teases that under those mysterious vampiric rules, Skyrim has become a dark land of vampires, werewolves, and witches. Players will also have to venture into Blackreach cavern — a familiar location from Skyrim — “to fight sinister monsters while unlocking the secret of the Dark Heart of Skyrim.”
Bethesda promises a 30-hour main quest as well as new side quests, public dungeons, and plenty to explore in Greymoor. New cooperative world events will see players working together “to quell the magical Harrowstorms terrorizing the land.” A new “Antiquities” system will send adventurers across Tamriel on a search for artifacts that will “uncover the world’s hidden history and unlock powerful and fun rewards for all types of players.” Sounds a bit like a very long fetch quest to us, if that’s what you’re into.
You have to admire ESO‘s commitment to the other regions of Tamriel after the massive success the franchise had with its Skyrim installment. Fans of the RPG who haven’t experienced the rest of what the magical and dangerous land of Tamriel has to offer would do well to check out the MMO’s take on the regions of Morrowind, Cyrodiil, and — a personal favorite — Deshaan. You can even download the game now if you have Xbox Game Pass!
Here’s everything else we know about The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor expansion:
The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor Release Date
The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor will release for PC on May 26, and Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 9.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor Trailer
Watch the story trailer below:
The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor Gameplay
We went hands-on with the game and found Greymoor to be an epic return to the land of Skyrim. Here’s what our critic said:
“Yes, The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor lets players revisit Western Skyrim, a part of one of the most legendary game worlds ever made. And yes, the rush of nostalgia I felt jumping into my hands-on preview with this year’s new Elder Scrolls Online chapter was exhilarating and gave me a serious case of the warm-and-fuzzies.
“The opportunity to revisit Skyrim is enticing in and of itself, but Greymoor is a decidedly Elder Scrolls Online experience, not a single-player RPG one. Which is to say, while the nostalgia is definitely there, Greymoor lets you explore Skyrim in a new way, with several layers of added content and features that make it feel like more of a step forward into the future of Elder Scrolls Online than a trip back in time.”
You can read the full gameplay preview here.