UESP's 2023 Retrospective — February 13, 2024
2023 was a really big year for the UESP, and we wanted to take a look back at some of the stuff we've gotten up to in that time. While it's not really possible to capture every single moment, we hope this year in review will give you a nice slice of it all. We look forward to everything we will get to create and improve as we continue our journey of documenting everything Elder Scrolls into 2024 and beyond, and we thank you all for joining us in that journey.
—Everyone at UESP.net
Laralyn McWilliams Dies Aged 58 — February 9, 2024
The next Chapter of The Elder Scrolls Online has officially been revealed. This year, ESO will take you to the West Weald, a region of Colovia featuring Skingrad as a major city on the eponymous road. The region will also feature the Dawnwood, a sudden growth of Valenwood into Imperial-controlled Cyrodiil. Separating the two is the Wildburn, a particularly dangerous region with magic sickening the trees, altering the wildlife, and even modifying the landscape itself.
The story centers around the return of the forgotten Daedric Prince Ithelia, who was wiped from all history by Hermaeus Mora. Now with Ithelia let loose in the West Weald, you must investigate her wanderings and her scheming followers, the Scions of Ithelia. There are also new Daedric threats to face, but you will not be alone while uncovering the activities of this Prince or her followers. Old allies will come to your aid, including Leramil the Wise, Beragon, Fennorian, and Mizzik Thunderboots. New faces include Alea Idolus, in the service of Count Calantius of Skingrad.
Included with the Chapter is the new Mirromoor Incursion World Event, where you and any nearby players will have to fend off Daedric invaders that are appearing in the West Weald due to Ithelia's return. A new Trial awaits twelve-person groups in the form of the Lucent Citadel, where you will explore a vault in Fargrave in search of the "mysterious Reanimating Crux". With the Gold Road Chapter, you will also gain access to Scribing, a new system that serves as a progenitor to the spellmaking practices of later years in Tamriel. Scribing lets you customize special new Skills called Grimoires, which allow you to change a primary, secondary, or tertiary "script" of the skill. Your journey into the Scribing will also involve exploring the very origins of magic itself, along with the Mages Guild and a knight of the Order of the Lamp. Similarly, there will be "Skill Styling", which lets you visually modify your skills, making your particular actions in combat more distinctive.
The Zenimax team used this opportunity to provide a roadmap for all of the content for 2024.
- The year will start with Update 41, featuring the Scions of Ithelia dungeon pack and miscellaneous improvements to the game. This will arrive on PTS January 29th, and officially releases March 11th for PC/Mac and March 26th for PlayStation and Xbox.
- The previously described Gold Road Chapter will launch June 3rd for PC/Mac and June 18th for PlayStation and Xbox.
- Update 43 will release with a new Housing feature, as well as more improvements and bug fixes.
- The year will conclude with Update 44, which will bring two new companions to the game, as well as a new PvP feature.
Numerous articles were released by Zenimax to support this reveal, including a zone exploration guide, a breakdown of purchasing options and rewards, a look at Scribing, and a general overview. They also started an ESO Plus Free Trial to go along with today's reveal. Finally, you can watch the announcement trailer and full presentation on YouTube.
The Elder Scrolls Online Begins Teasing 2024 Content — January 10, 2024
The next chapter of The Elder Scrolls Online has begun its marketing campaign with a series of letters, glass fragments, and leaves sent to members of the community. Shortly thereafter, the completed design was officially unveiled (pictured), with a full announcement of the upcoming plans set for their Global Reveal on Thursday, January 18 at 4pm EST.
You can review our current documentation on the released material for this chapter on its page.
Verified Creators Program Launched for Skyrim — December 11, 2023
Skyrim Special Edition received a surprise patch last Tuesday, December 5, 2023. In addition to a host of bug fixes, the main addition has been a reorganization of the Creation Club and Mods menus into a single, unified "Creations" menu. Additionally, Creation Club has been retired in favor of a new Verified Creators program, whereby third party mod authors can apply to become verified and sell their mods in-game via this new menu. Known as Verified Creations, these new offerings bear a strong resemblance to the short-lived Paid Mods program that was launched on Steam in April 2015 for Skyrim's original release. The Verified program has launched with seven initial offerings, although only two of these are available for PlayStation players due to existing modding limitations on that platform. Note that Verified Creations disable achievement progress when enabled and are not included with the Anniversary Edition upgrade.
For the full list of changes included in the patch, see the changelog for Special Edition Patch 1.6.1130.
We are proud to support Extra Life and The Elder Heroes team for their 2023 campaign. Starting this weekend on Saturday at 6AM EST, our Extra Life Marathon will begin. We have numerous giveaways planned as stretch goals for donating, including:
- The 2024 UESP Calendar and Prints
- $100 Bethesda Gear Shop Gift Card
- Custom Dragon Shout Magnets, Ornament, and Notepad
- UESP Cap, Stickers, and Blanket
- Elder Scrolls Statue (Winner's Choice)
The stream will begin on our Extra Life Team's Captain channel, LotusOfDoom, later continuing on with Arkhaniir and Robots Radio. Please consider supporting the cause and donating here!
We Have Reached 100,000 Articles — November 14, 2023
The UESP is pleased to announce that we now have more than 100,000 content articles. There is still so much more Elder Scrolls content to document, but this is a big milestone for us. A Community Spotlight highlighting this achievement can be read on the ESO Website!
Some other current statistics:
- We are currently hosting 370,354 pages in total (all pages in the wiki, including talk pages, redirects, etc.)
- Currently 158,855 files have been uploaded
- 2,876,697 edits have been made
- There are currently 122,569 registered users on the site.
The 100,000th article was Lore:Cheese, with Lore:Rat being the 99,999th and Lore:Balhar being the 100,001st. We are looking forward to continuing our mission to cover all information on The Elder Scrolls as we start working towards the next 100,000 pages!
Infinite Archive Streaming Event — November 02, 2023
To coincide with the release of the Infinite Archive, Zenimax Online Studios has organized a large streaming event going from today until this Sunday, November 5th. They have also enabled drops for watching the streams, with a Crown Experience Scroll awarded for watching for 60 minutes, and an Ouroboros Crown Crate for watching for 120 minutes on a Twitch account linked to your ESO one.
The full list of participants includes:
0periodproductions, 3luxo, AbuDahmYT, airiesummer, Alexos, Andariel, Anianiania, Ashewyn, AshSaidHi, Basiliisk, Baso, BGKatja, BurkeBlack, Chimu84, CuteNysNys, DacuTV, DataDave, Dawnwhisper, Deltiasgaming, DemonCatDaphne, Dhalucard, DontRachQuit, dworkop_elo, Eigh1_Puppies, Emin_Citak, FENGRUSH, Geonhdrio_crafts, grabagra, HollaDieWaldfee, IcyIC, Jambo, JHartEllis, JimmyJJShabadu, JustCallMeMichael, Katazuri, kayPOWXD, Knightenator, Krofo, Kroulin, Locke, Luisanc, LuluLuvely, Lyris, Mackie_Phoenix, ManCaveGaming, Mansadum, Matygon, Minimoli, mrsetokami, MsAshRocks, msradcore, MrsNineTales, NefasQS, NeliSerendipity, Nine_Tale_Fox, Ninja614, No_Lollygaggin, PainInTheAxe, PJ_Brini, RaevenCCA, Raghor, Roirek, RyanIsIffy, Saar, Saint_Crow, Sebo, shroud, skinnycheeks, spantifical, Spofie, StreamerHouse, Syrach_, Tea_The_Khajiit, Techniq, TheMavShow, Thormungandr, Tirinei, TondeyBravo, trash_ashx, UESP, vectorrar, VikingTrash, Vindahlia, Vrah, Vrayni, Wuchtdrescher, xXxAstro18xXx, Xynode, Yicky, Yvraldis, and Zharwyn
The UESP Twitch Channel will be participating in this stream event, and will be streaming on November 4th at 3pm EST. You can see the official announcement, including links to each individual stream, on the ESO website.
Tamriel Rebuilt Releases Andaram — October 31, 2023
Tamriel Rebuilt is a mod for Morrowind which adds the mainland of the province to the game, piece by piece.
Release 23.10, the Andaram expansion, is centered on the middle Thirr River, and the dark secrets which lie under its waters. The villainous Camonna Tong rules the port town of Hlan Oek while its Hlaalu governor has his mind on other matters. The great Temple city of Almas Thirr, first released in 2019’s Aanthirin release, has been expanded and updated and is now open to Imperial influence from the Fighters, Mages, and Thieves Guilds. Even the sleepy fishing village of Idathren has secrets to uncover. Meanwhile, the Dreugh Queen Paruddma broods in her Citadel deep beneath Lake Andaram’s placid waters.
This expansion adds a large new area to the game world and comes with more than 100 new quests, 9 faction questlines, two new biomes, and dozens of dungeons, including a whole new dungeon type. With this release, Tamriel Rebuilt now offers more quests than the original game and its expansion combined.
Download links and detailed information about new features are available on Tamriel Rebuilt's website.
The latest update for Elder Scrolls Online has been released for PC and Mac players. Unlike most other major quarter updates, there is no accompanying paid DLC included with Update 40. However, this update still brings with it significant new content in the form of the Infinite Archive.
The Endless Archive is an "endless" dungeon for solo players or duos (a companion or fellow player), with each cycle endured in a single run becoming increasingly harder. The enemies you will face include a wide variety of possible types of opponents from past ESO content. Each cycle consists of several stages, culminating in a boss. After completing several cycles, you will face a more difficult boss, which completes that "arc" of the Endless Archive. Along the way you will obtain visions and verses. Verses provide a buff until the completion of the next stage, while visions provide a buff for the length of the current run. As a reward for completion of side puzzles, cycles, and arcs, you will gain access to Muniment Chests, which will give you soul gems, gold, equipment, and a new currency called Archival Fortunes. Archival Fortunes can be used with the merchants at the Endless Archive's entrance, who have monster mask style motifs, legendary quality treasure maps, non-combat pets, companion gear, and more. The Endless Archive also introduces new class-specific equipment sets, which are focused on providing bonuses to class skill lines.
Beyond the new free game mode, Update 40 also includes the largely requested Group Finder. Beyond just normal group content like Group Dungeons and Trials, it is also designed to help people find people who want to do exploration or roleplaying activities. Additionally, this update brings with it Grand Master Crafting Stations, which are designed to consolidate multiple attuned crafting stations into one, saving space in your home and limiting the number of stations you need to visit.
You can see the announcement of Update 40's release on the official website. Update 40 is currently set to arrive on consoles on November 14th.
Pete Hines Retires — October 16, 2023
In a Twitter post today Bethesda announced the retirement of Pete Hines, Head of Publishing, after 24 years with the company. We thank Pete for all the amazing work he's been involved with and wish him all the best on his retirement!