After a successful outing to the world of Morrowind, Bethesda has announced that the next expansion for the ever-growing The Elder Scrolls Online will open the realm of Summerset for players for the first time. It’s not going to be a vacation, mind you – apparently “darkness looms over the ancestral home of the High Elves, and whispers stir of Daedric followers organizing in the shadows”, so, you know, bring weapons.
Summerset will be a somewhat unknown entity for most of you, having not featured physically in an Elder Scrolls game since The Elder Scrolls: Arena, over 20 years ago. The area is mentioned throughout the series’ history, though, so it’s going to be good to get boots on the ground for a change. There’s a fully developed narrative to work through, and Bethesda are talking about 30 hours of gameplay. Players will also be able to join the Psijic Order for the first time and work their way through the order’s skill line, while creative types can get their kicks with the new Jewelry Crafting skill line.
It’s a really pretty place, going by the lush touristy postcards posted on the official website, from the bustling streets of the capital, Alinor, to the sacred monument of the Crystal Tower rising into the sky. It’s classic fantasy stuff, and a perfect addition to the Elder Scrolls landscape.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset is out on 21 May on PC and Mac, and 5 June on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Oh, and if you pre-order it, you get a new mount, which looks like a panther wearing a pair of very questionable boots.