Stalhrim Fur and Nix-Hound Creations Temporarily Free — January 8, 2021
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.
New Life Festival 2020 — December 19, 2020
From December 17 to January 5, the New Life Festival event has returned to Elder Scrolls Online. By completing seasonal event quests, you can earn tickets to spend on any of the four indrik evolutions that have been released in 2020, including the final berry towards the Crimson Indrik mount. This is the last event where indrik feathers will be available, so be sure to purchase an extra set if you wish to keep an unevolved Nascent Indrik. You can also obtain a Rosethorn Indrik pet using tickets.
This year's event introduces the Old Life Observance quest, allowing you to experience the Imperial traditions of the Old Life Festival. Two new quest rewards have been added this year: the Snowball Buddy pet and Imperial Charity Writs. Completing these new writs will reward you with a page from the icy Rkindaleft Dwarven style. These pages can also be purchased with tickets. This event also offers a 100% experience boost.
In addition to the above, a promotion is currently running whereby you will be rewarded with four Akaviri Potentate Crown Crates at the end of January if you gift purchase at least five event tickets from the Crown Store during the New Life Festival.
Saturalia and Survival Mode Creations Currently Free — December 15, 2020
The Elder Scrolls Online: Gates of Oblivion Trailer Revealed — December 10, 2020
A brief teaser trailer for the upcoming year of content for Elder Scrolls Online has been released. The trailer features an Argonian and Eveli Sharp-Arrow unconscious, next to a book with the Daedric Oht being burned onto its cover. With the Oht now present on its cover, the book bears a notable resemblance to the Mysterium Xarxes. As the trailer goes on, various visions of grim locales pass by, seemingly causing Eveli to feel pain, before finally ending on a final shot of Mehrunes Dagon being confronted by Eveli. As Dagon turns to face her, Eveli wakes up, revealing the pupils of her eyes have been transformed into crosses.
You can see the trailer here. A larger preview will be held on Thursday, January 21st at 5PM EST over on Bethesda's Official Twitch. The 21st preview will feature Matt Firor and Pete Hines to officially announce the new chapter, along with Jessica Folsom and Gina Bruno from the ESO Community Team taking over after their presentation. Those who watch live will also receive a Viridescent Dragon Frog pet for ESO if they watch from a linked account. You can learn more about the upcoming preview here.
The Elder Scrolls: Blades Release Patch 1.10 — December 03, 2020
The Elder Scrolls: Blades has released Patch 1.10, just ahead of its New Life Festival event. Patch 1.10 brings with it new Event Quests, alongside a variety of fixes, minor quality of life improvements, and various new items and bundles in the game's store. The update has also revealed that the New Life Festival event will be playable from December 24th to January 2nd.
You can see the full patch notes for this and previous versions here. You can view the official announcement here.
Update: A later update has stated that the New Life Festival will instead be held from December 25th to January 2nd, shortening the event by a day.
Creation Club Holiday Update Postponed — December 02, 2020
After the surprise announcement that the Creation Club will return before the end of the year, Bethesda Softworks has announced that the release window has been pushed back. Cartogriffi, a Community Content Manager for Bethesda has stated that the release of new content for the Creation Club has been postponed, perhaps by a considerable amount of time. Cartogriffi went onto disclose there would not be another early announcement of launch goals in the future, instead waiting for the actual announcement to make an announcement.
This statement was originally posted the official Bethesda Community Forums, and can be seen here.
Elder Scrolls Online Will Not Support New ARM-based Macs — November 17, 2020
The Elder Scrolls Online team has announced that they will not be supporting the new ARM-based Macs in the future. Last summer Apple announced that their new Macs would stop using Intel CPUs, a change that would require all software running on Macs to either be rewritten, or run through an emulator. Matt Firor, the Studio Director for ZeniMax Online Studios has stated that they will not be porting ESO due to the difficulties inherent with that undertaking. At the same time, he has also stated that Intel-based Macs will remain supported for as long as there are enough users to justify it.
While ESO could be run on the new Macs through emulation, this experience is not going to be officially supported by ZeniMax. The official announcement can be seen here.
Undaunted Celebration Event 2020 — November 07, 2020
From the 3rd until the 15th of December, Elder Scrolls Online is holding its annual Undaunted Celebration Event. Don't miss your chance to obtain new and returning Opal Undaunted style pages, as well as the first three berries for the final Indrik evolution, the Crimson Indrik mount.
ESO has also been free to play from the start of this event until the 9th December, with the standard edition of the game currently on offer for 60% off.
ESO Holds Explorer's Celebration — November 12, 2020
Elder Scrolls Online is holding a minor event they have dubbed the Explorer's Celebration. With this event you will be able to harvest double the normal resources from nodes. Additionally, you will also receive double the normal experience from every single source that also stacks with any other active experience boost. Lastly, you will receive twice the normal amount of gold from monsters, quests, and similar sources for the duration of the event.
Unlike other events, the Explorer's Celebration does not grant Event Tickets, nor does it have its own quests, achievements, or collectibles. The Impresario will also not be available.
The event will run from 10AM ET on November 12th until 10AM ET on November 16th, and you can see the official announcement here.
Ebony Plate Creation Temporarily Free — November 12, 2020
After the previous delay, the Creation Club has returned to its usual schedule, and has updated its current sales. The Alternative Armors - Ebony Plate Creation is being offered for free for the current sales period. By redeeming it during this period, it will be permanently unlocked to your account, even after the current sale ends. Additionally, the Mad God Bundle, the Survival Bundle, the Elianora Home Bundle, the Sunder & Wraithguard, and Crossbow Collection are on sale, with discounts ranging from 20 to 50 percent off normal price.
With this return to the normal update schedule of every two weeks, we expect that these offerings will remain at their current price until November 26th.
Free Upgrade for ESO Players to Next Console Generation — November 09, 2020
With the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and Series S succeeding the PlayStation Four and Xbox One, Elder Scrolls Online console players who are considering upgrading are being given a little deal. Bethesda has announced that there will be free upgrades made available for players making the jump to the next generation of consoles. This comes with some stipulations, however. If you own a physical copy of ESO for your chosen console, you cannot get a digital-only console if you want to receive the ESO upgrade, as it will still require your disc to play. Additionally, you cannot switch from a PlayStation 4 to an Xbox Series X or Series S or an Xbox One to a PlayStation 5 and receive the upgrade.
The upgrade will also be made available to DOOM Eternal. While Bethesda has promised that these upgrades are coming, they have not announced when they will be available. They have also stated that while they do not have a time to end the free upgrades in mind at the moment, their wording also left it open for them to later announce a cutoff on free upgrades. You can read the official announcement here.
Elder Scrolls Online: Markarth Released — November 02, 2020
The final chapter of the year-long Dark Heart of Skyrim story arc has finally released on the PC, Mac, and Stadia platforms. Elder Scrolls Online: Markarth takes you to its titular city and the surrounding Reach for a final confrontation against Rada al-Saran and his Gray Host by you and your assembled allies. The DLC also includes the release of Vateshran Hollows, a new solo arena with new rewards to be earned and challenges to be conquered. Markarth's release also brings with it Update 28, including the new Item Set Collection system and UI improvements for Crafting Writs.
With Markarth released, the fourth Elder Scrolls Online story arc has been concluded. Last year ZeniMax Online Studios switched to having year-long story arcs with the Season of the Dragon, which it continued this year with the Dark Heart of Skyrim. It is expected that ZeniMax will stick to the format for the currently unannounced expansions coming in 2021.
You can see the official announcement here. Markarth is set to launch on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 9th.