Journey to Coldharbour

Today, the ZeniMax Online dev team shared with us some great new gameplay footage and backstory behind Coldharbour, the Daedric plane and domain of Molag Bal. Coldharbour plays an important role in ESO, both for the new player experience, and as an endgame locale. In keeping with the familiar prisoner trope of the TES series, new players start out as captives of Molag Bal, who must fight to escape their chains and return to Mundus. Persumably, later in the game, players may be able to return to Coldharbour, taking the fight to Molag Bal and his Daedric forces. Check out the video for the awesome and intimidating scenery of several Coldharbour locations as well as our first glimpse of a Dark Anchor!

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    Altmer Nightblade

    I see an epic end game raid forming…

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    I’d love a shot at taking out Molag Bal.

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    It looks really good, I love the grim mood.

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    Imperial Sorcerer

    Entropy Rising

    Agree with the above, it seems like a pretty classic opportunity for the familiar trope:

    Hero gets butt kicked, narrowly escapes bad guy’s dangerous realm, trains hard for many seasons (with a montage), returns to kick bad-guy’s ass in the end.

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    cant wait to play this game

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    Altmer Dragonknight

    Mostly Harmless

    Great video!  I would have liked to see a little more combat in the footage, but I’m happy that Zenimax is putting out more  footage for everyone to enjoy.  PVE End Game raid??  I damn well hope so ;-)

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    Awesome snippet!


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    Looking good, i like the twisted Spriggan thingies

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    I enjoyed this little tidbit of a teaser. It wasn’t overly informative but anything to fill the info gap is a good thing. I sincerely appreciate the lack of cartoon graphics and a usage of reality colors, tones, and shades

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    Altmer Templar

    Entropy Rising

    I for one expect that big floaty bridge thing to come together and make a bridge after your “raid” kills the boss in front of it. Calling it now =P

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    Coldharbour looks great! For some reason I kept thinking about Hellraiser. I was waiting to see Pinhead and the Cenobites lording over the captured souls.

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    I wish it gave more information though.

    And is this the starting area, or end-game as everyone says?

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    Breton Templar

    Coldharbour. Damn.

    I don’t want to be raped.

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    Looks really nice. I’m curious how the setting will feel during those first moments ingame.

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    Redguard Dragonknight

    So awesome!

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    Erlex said on May 2, 2013 :

    I for one expect that big floaty bridge thing to come together and make a bridge after your “raid” kills the boss in front of it. Calling it now =P

    Na…it’s gonna be a jumping puzzle. Your group has to make it across in order to fight the final boss. If you fall, you are locked out of the final fight ;)

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    Dunmer Templar

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    Flumbooze said on May 2, 2013 :

    I wish it gave more information though.

    And is this the starting area, or end-game as everyone says?

    It will likely be where we go during certain parts of the main story line. We start off by escaping from there, then later on we would go back there to take our souls back and defeat Molag Bal.

    Bro’s before Necro’s

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    Man this looks spooky. I can’t wait to go get our souls back!

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    Breton Templar

    Wouah talk about weird creatures (the black spriggan/tree thing) and really good looking buildings.

    Can I spend all my time in Colhharbour, the design of the place is cool?



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    Nord Dragonknight

    That’s what I’m talking about!!! Now announce a Collector’s Edition please.


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