ESO: Morrowind Expansion Announced!

ESO Vvardenfell MeteorEver since datamining revealed the ambitious scope of The Elder Scrolls Online‘s Vvardenfell, speculation has run wild as to how content of that size would find its way into the game. Earlier today, we got our answer: The Elder Scrolls Online‘s first expansion will be here June 6th, 2017.

Entitled The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, the upcoming expansion will take players back to the isle of Vvardenfell for the first time since its original incarnation in TES: III 15 years ago.

The fate of Morrowind hangs in the balance and you must take up the mantle of a hero to help Vivec, the legendary warrior-poet and Guardian of Vvardenfell, save the world from a deadly Daedric threat. Set roughly 700 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, ESO’s new Chapter takes you to familiar locations as you attempt to solve the mystery of Vivec’s mysterious illness and restore his strength. Travel from the volcanic Ashlands to the mushroom-filled forests, and walk the streets of Vivec City, still under construction at this point in time.

The upcoming Morrowind expansion will be the largest land mass addition to the game to date, featuring an estimated 30 hours of story to play through. In addition, players can look forward to:

  • The Warden: an all new class with frost spells, nature spells, and a summonable bear
  • Battleground PvP: three 4v4v4 battlegrounds with varying rulesets
  • New Trial: Sotha Sil’s Workshop

 

 

Pricing information and pre-orders are already available on the official site; be advised that the expansion is not considered a DLC, and thus access will not be included with the ESO Plus subcription. Additionally, the expansion is not purchasable with Crowns.

Catch the full reveal on Bethesda’s official Twitch channel.

 

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    CasNation

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    Welp, I said Vvardenfell would bring me back. Guess I am coming back. All aboard the Hype Train!

    In all seriousness though, this is exactly the thing ESO needs to revitalize itself. I am sure there are many other people like me who love the game, but have just gotten burnt out on the same thing over the last 2.5 years. I didn’t think the game really needed another class before this, but now I am finding myself really excited by the idea of coming back and experiencing a whole new way to play the game. Looking forward to it!

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    Zug Zug!

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    CasNation said on January 31, 2017 :

    Welp, I said Vvardenfell would bring me back. Guess I am coming back. All aboard the Hype Train!

    Choo choo!

    I’ve been waiting on a new piece of story content before hopping back in after One Tamriel, and this was more than I was bargaining for (though also much later in the timeline than what I was bargaining for – but I’ll take it).

    Sounds pretty interesting all around.

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    It looks good, but I am still cautiously optimistic about this, for now. Hopefully, they will release it for beta testing on the PTS, so most of the balancing issues could be resolved before it goes live.

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    It looks great but there is one major problem. The subscription issue which is now flaming on the official forums. Im not going to bash ZOS, ive done that in the past and I still feel pretty strongly about it but this is an issue as gamers we cant continue to poo poo.

    Your subscription is supposed to cover all DLC, downloadable content. This isnt a play one words DLC means what it means so if the content is downloadable its covered. There is no amount of e lawyering that can change what words literally mean. Im pretty bummed that as a subscriber to ESO for literally YEARS this isnt covered in the subscription ZOS and I both agreed to.

    I read a good analogy on the forums:  “What if you agreed to pay BMW a monthly fee and in return you could drive any car they offered at the time and in the future. Then one day, they release the car of your dreams and you expect to have access to drive that car. However, BMW says, ‘Sorry, this is actually an automobile, not a car, so you’ll have to pay full price for this one.'”

    I’m not as pissed off as some of the people on the official forums but I dislike when companies do this. Im happy to pay for content, but as Firor told us in beta “You pay your subscription and you get 100% of the content” So as gamers, when this happens and we allow it we encourage the practice. ESO is a great game, kudos to ZOS for creating a spectacular world and kudos to them for bringing us to Morrowind. It looks absolutely spectacular and im sure they will make a lot of money from it. Still, its not completely clean and I think its important to bring this issue up, respectfully.

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    Malic said on February 1, 2017 :

    I read a good analogy on the forums

    Meh. I love to call ZOS out for being greedy and anti-consumer, but a better analogy would be to just compare ESO to other MMOs.

    In a standard subscription format, you have a box, a subscription that covers access to the game, intermittent “free” updates, and then separate expansions.

    In ESO, you have a box, free access to the base game, the updates that would usually be free are either included with the subscription or bought separately, and then separate expansions. It’s functionally no different than what basically every other MMO does.

    If this enables them to bring in giant content drops instead of just the tiny ones we’ve seen since Orsinium, I’m all for it.

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    Isarii said on February 1, 2017 :

    Malic said on February 1, 2017 :

    I read a good analogy on the forums

    Meh. I love to call ZOS out for being greedy and anti-consumer, but a better analogy would be to just compare ESO to other MMOs.

    In a standard subscription format, you have a box, a subscription that covers access to the game, intermittent “free” updates, and then separate expansions.

    In ESO, you have a box, free access to the base game, the updates that would usually be free are either included with the subscription or bought separately, and then separate expansions. It’s functionally no different than what basically every other MMO does.

    If this enables them to bring in giant content drops instead of just the tiny ones we’ve seen since Orsinium, I’m all for it.

    I suppose we can compare it to whatever we want if it justifies the conclusion we want to draw. That process however doesnt change what words mean. As an example I recall clearly when ESO was going B2P and I commented somewhere about how Firor told us, and it was in the subscription agreement that “as long as you pay your sub you will have access to 100% of the content”. I literally had semantics discussions with people about what 100% means. For some reason my position didnt foot to what others want it to mean and I withdrew not before the inevitable adhom/personal attacks but I simply cant be accorded the responsibility of others desire to not take what words mean, at their meaning.

    Im all for paying for content, I have been for nearly 3 years. Cost isnt a problem for me personally, its principal. Clearly, not the end of the world but I dont want to be one of these gamers that when companies say “the sky is yellow and the sun is blue” I dont even lift my head to look I just scream “how much!”  We have enough of that in ESO IMHO, Im hopeful everyone takes a responsible and respectful step back and looks at it a little more critically.

     

     

     

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    Malic said on February 1, 2017 :

    Isarii said on February 1, 2017 :

    Meh. I love to call ZOS out for being greedy and anti-consumer, but a better analogy would be to just compare ESO to other MMOs.

    In a standard subscription format, you have a box, a subscription that covers access to the game, intermittent “free” updates, and then separate expansions.

    In ESO, you have a box, free access to the base game, the updates that would usually be free are either included with the subscription or bought separately, and then separate expansions. It’s functionally no different than what basically every other MMO does.

    If this enables them to bring in giant content drops instead of just the tiny ones we’ve seen since Orsinium, I’m all for it.

    I suppose we can compare it to whatever we want if it justifies the conclusion we want to draw. That process however doesnt change what words mean. As an example I recall clearly when ESO was going B2P and I commented somewhere about how Firor told us, and it was in the subscription agreement that “as long as you pay your sub you will have access to 100% of the content”. I literally had semantics discussions with people about what 100% means. For some reason my position didnt foot to what others want it to mean and I withdrew not before the inevitable adhom/personal attacks but I simply cant be accorded the responsibility of others desire to not take what words mean, at their meaning.

    Im all for paying for content, I have been for nearly 3 years. Cost isnt a problem for me personally, its principal.Clearly, not the end of the world but I dont want to be one of these gamers that when companies say “the sky is yellow and the sun is blue” I dont even lift my head to look I just scream “how much!” We have enough of that in ESO IMHO, Im hopeful everyone takes a responsible and respectful step back and looks at it a little more critically.

    I don’t mind paying as long as what they release has the feel of an expansion. If it feels like a DLC that their marketing team is calling an expansion in order to get more money, I will be upset. Hopefully it won’t be a somewhat larger Orsinium with a new class dropped in. I’ll need to see expansion of the combat system, beyond the new class(expansion isn’t tweaking numbers on abilities.) In addition to the new stuff, I’ll need to see significant expansion some of the current systems like crafting, champion, guild store, ect. The quality needs to be 100% higher than anything they have released so far.

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    timidobserver said on February 1, 2017 :

    Malic said on February 1, 2017 :

    I suppose we can compare it to whatever we want if it justifies the conclusion we want to draw. That process however doesnt change what words mean. As an example I recall clearly when ESO was going B2P and I commented somewhere about how Firor told us, and it was in the subscription agreement that “as long as you pay your sub you will have access to 100% of the content”. I literally had semantics discussions with people about what 100% means. For some reason my position didnt foot to what others want it to mean and I withdrew not before the inevitable adhom/personal attacks but I simply cant be accorded the responsibility of others desire to not take what words mean, at their meaning.

    Im all for paying for content, I have been for nearly 3 years. Cost isnt a problem for me personally, its principal.Clearly, not the end of the world but I dont want to be one of these gamers that when companies say “the sky is yellow and the sun is blue” I dont even lift my head to look I just scream “how much!” We have enough of that in ESO IMHO, Im hopeful everyone takes a responsible and respectful step back and looks at it a little more critically.

    I don’t mind paying as long as what they release has the feel of an expansion. If it feels like a DLC that their marketing team is calling an expansion in order to get more money, I will be upset. Hopefully it won’t be a somewhat larger Orsinium with a new class dropped in. I’ll need to see expansion of the combat system, beyond the new class(expansion isn’t tweaking numbers on abilities.) In addition to the new stuff, I’ll need to see significant expansion some of the current systems like crafting, champion, guild store, ect. The quality needs to be 100% higher than anything they have released so far.

    As far as I am concerned I have been paying. A loyal subscriber since beta I have paid the freight and then some. I dont mind paying the sub, I am getting good content for the price. That changes in June, now I dont get the content I have to pay on top of what I have been paying. That wasnt the deal

    Here is a simple pic: http://gamerlogic.nickchevalier.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/eso-plus.jpg

    the second line is straight forward: “access to all downloadable content” So I sent ZOS an email and have been reading the forums but have gotten a response to these one of my two simple questions:

    1. Is morrowind expansion downloadable: I got a yes answer

    2. If one is yes, why isnt it covered in the ESO plus package I paid for as it clearly states downloadable content would be?

    Question 2 seems to be a source of great confusion, and that confusion is confusing to me. It all seems pretty straight forward.

     

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    timidobserver said on February 1, 2017 :

    I’ll need to see expansion of the combat system, beyond the new class(expansion isn’t tweaking numbers on abilities.)

    Agree! I’d really like to see some major additions to the playstyles available to base classes. This would be my first big question if we got an interview.

    Malic said on February 1, 2017 :

    the second line is straight forward: “access to all downloadable content” So I sent ZOS an email and have been reading the forums but have gotten a response to these one of my two simple questions:

    1. Is morrowind expansion downloadable: I got a yes answer

    2. If one is yes, why isnt it covered in the ESO plus package I paid for as it clearly states downloadable content would be?

    DLC is industry jargon. A full retail release like Morrowind isn’t a DLC, even if there is a digital only option. That’s a major difference being drawn here.

    Now sure, you could ignore the accepted industry terminology in favor of playing a literalist semantics game, but it isn’t going to change anything.

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    It is very likely that this will bring me back to ESO.

    My biggest problem with ESO always was that I didn’t find a class that I could truly identify with and that would mirror my usual class choices from other RPGs, which would be nature affine caster/ranged classes like druids, shamans, hunters and the like. All I could have were inapt surrogates like a caster-templar or a pet-sorcerer, which were all not to my liking at the end of the day.

    This really was the main reason I left ESO, along with the weird endgame. I never got into playing through the other factions – and fighting my own faction in the respective quests. Maybe Morrowind will give us new options regarding this aspect of the game, too.

    I’m really looking forward to Morrowind and taking a stroll through those mushroom forests with my warden. I hope they’ll don’t screw it ;) Until then, thumbs up!

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    Malic said on February 1, 2017 :

    timidobserver said on February 1, 2017 :

    I don’t mind paying as long as what they release has the feel of an expansion. If it feels like a DLC that their marketing team is calling an expansion in order to get more money, I will be upset. Hopefully it won’t be a somewhat larger Orsinium with a new class dropped in. I’ll need to see expansion of the combat system, beyond the new class(expansion isn’t tweaking numbers on abilities.) In addition to the new stuff, I’ll need to see significant expansion some of the current systems like crafting, champion, guild store, ect. The quality needs to be 100% higher than anything they have released so far.

    As far as I am concerned I have been paying. A loyal subscriber since beta I have paid the freight and then some. I dont mind paying the sub, I am getting good content for the price. That changes in June, now I dont get the content I have to pay on top of what I have been paying. That wasnt the deal

    Here is a simple pic:http://gamerlogic.nickchevalier.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/eso-plus.jpg

    the second line is straight forward: “access to all downloadable content” So I sent ZOS an email and have been reading the forums but have gotten a response to these one of my two simple questions:

    1. Is morrowind expansion downloadable: I got a yes answer

    2. If one is yes, why isnt it covered in the ESO plus package I paid for as it clearly states downloadable content would be?

    Question 2 seems to be a source of great confusion, and that confusion is confusing to me. It all seems pretty straight forward.

    I expect that the decision is set in stone. It’s not the kind of thing you take back after you say it publicly. Rather than being confused just accept the reality. ESO+ will now only apply to 3 of 4 content releases per year. You will have to pay additionally for the 1/4 of them. You will have to decide whether this new deal is acceptable to you. My standpoint is that I am fine with it if the expansion is worthy of the title expansion. You will have to decide what it will take for it to be worth it to you.

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    Check out the new 2017 road ahead. Apparently they are adopting a more structured DLC and chapter content model for ESO, so you can expect to need to continue paying for chapters in the future on top of your subscription.

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    I SERIOUSLY CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS EXPANSION!! OMG

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    I wonder If the guy calling the morag tong Is Boethtiah. Well either way I’m only returning to Morrowind for one reason.. and It’s for the dark dusky and undoubtedly gorgeous females. (Mm and those pointy ears.)

    Get ready Morrowind, I’m coming at break neck speed….

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    Defo going to come back for this. I never really got into the game. Max I got was level 16 but did enjoy my time. With the new expansion and level boost this is a perfect time to give ESO another shot.

    Back then the leveling felt so slow and other stuff demanded my time. Can’t wait!

    Hell, I even remember Morrowind from way back when. Think I still got the original game somewhere in perfect condition since I was too dumb back then to know what I did so stopped playing after 30 minutes haha. Got lost in the city.

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    Malic said on February 1, 2017 :

    As far as I am concerned I have been paying. A loyal subscriber since beta I have paid the freight and then some. I dont mind paying the sub, I am getting good content for the price. That changes in June, now I dont get the content I have to pay on top of what I have been paying. That wasnt the deal

    Here is a simple pic:http://gamerlogic.nickchevalier.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/eso-plus.jpg

    the second line is straight forward: “access to all downloadable content” So I sent ZOS an email and have been reading the forums but have gotten a response to these one of my two simple questions:

    1. Is morrowind expansion downloadable: I got a yes answer

    2. If one is yes, why isnt it covered in the ESO plus package I paid for as it clearly states downloadable content would be?

    Question 2 seems to be a source of great confusion, and that confusion is confusing to me. It all seems pretty straight forward.

    I expect that the decision is set in stone. It’s not the kind of thing you take back after you say it publicly. Rather than being confused just accept the reality. ESO+ will now only apply to 3 of 4 content releases per year. You will have to pay additionally for the 1/4 of them. You will have to decide whether this new deal is acceptable to you.My standpoint is that I am fine with it if the expansion is worthy of the title expansion. You will have to decide what it will take for it to be worth it to you.

    I accept reality, and the reality appears to be there are many players who are okay with unethical business practices from gaming companies. These are often the same people you see screaming about pricing, pre order bonus’s and paid alpha access but when its content they want the switch gets flipped. Not only are they okay with it but often they go out of their way to crush any dissenting view.

    the overall message being “get over it” fine. Morrowind will be a tremendous success sell millions and perpetuate the gaming business model of selling you something then later on telling you what you bought was something else. It is what it is, its just a shame so many loyal fans of the game are willing to take it but certainly I would kill for customers like this in the businesses I used to own.

    Anyway I tried to keep my dissent civil, thanks to all of you for not taking the adhom/personal attack route which is the norm. Posting dissent on a fan site is often wrought with B.S. at least at foundry you can get your piece said reasonably.

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    Isarii said on February 1, 2017 :

    Malic said on February 1, 2017 :

    I read a good analogy on the forums

    Meh. I love to call ZOS out for being greedy and anti-consumer, but a better analogy would be to just compare ESO to other MMOs.

    In a standard subscription format, you have a box, a subscription that covers access to the game, intermittent “free” updates, and then separate expansions.

    In ESO, you have a box, free access to the base game, the updates that would usually be free are either included with the subscription or bought separately, and then separate expansions. It’s functionally no different than what basically every other MMO does.

    If this enables them to bring in giant content drops instead of just the tiny ones we’ve seen since Orsinium, I’m all for it.

    I agree totally, quite happy to pay for good content, afterall money makes it happen and nothing comes for free.

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    Malic said on February 3, 2017 :

    Malic said on February 1, 2017 :

    As far as I am concerned I have been paying. A loyal subscriber since beta I have paid the freight and then some. I dont mind paying the sub, I am getting good content for the price. That changes in June, now I dont get the content I have to pay on top of what I have been paying. That wasnt the deal

    Here is a simple pic:http://gamerlogic.nickchevalier.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/eso-plus.jpg

    the second line is straight forward: “access to all downloadable content” So I sent ZOS an email and have been reading the forums but have gotten a response to these one of my two simple questions:

    1. Is morrowind expansion downloadable: I got a yes answer

    2. If one is yes, why isnt it covered in the ESO plus package I paid for as it clearly states downloadable content would be?

    Question 2 seems to be a source of great confusion, and that confusion is confusing to me. It all seems pretty straight forward.

    I expect that the decision is set in stone. It’s not the kind of thing you take back after you say it publicly. Rather than being confused just accept the reality. ESO+ will now only apply to 3 of 4 content releases per year. You will have to pay additionally for the 1/4 of them. You will have to decide whether this new deal is acceptable to you.My standpoint is that I am fine with it if the expansion is worthy of the title expansion. You will have to decide what it will take for it to be worth it to you.

    I accept reality, and the reality appears to be there are many players who are okay with unethical business practices from gaming companies. These are often the same people you see screaming about pricing, pre order bonus’s and paid alpha access but when its content they want the switch gets flipped. Not only are they okay with it but often they go out of their way to crush any dissenting view.

    the overall message being “get over it” fine. Morrowind will be a tremendous success sell millions and perpetuate the gaming business model of selling you something then later on telling you what you bought was something else. It is what it is, its just a shame so many loyal fans of the game are willing to take it but certainly I would kill for customers like this in the businesses I used to own.

    Anyway I tried to keep my dissent civil, thanks to all of you for not taking the adhom/personal attack route which is the norm. Posting dissent on a fan site is often wrought with B.S. at least at foundry you can get your piece said reasonably.

    Businesses change things all the time with the services they offer. I just don’t see a point in sending them emails and claiming confusion. You already know that there is no explanation they can give that will satisfy you.

    My message isn’t to get over it. It is to evaluate whether this is change is deal breaker for you.

     

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    I must echo the sentiments that we subscribers were promised access to all dlc content. There is nothing about this that differs at all from any other dlc and should be very similar to Orsinium with about a quarter longer play time. We will see if it’s worth it. As a subscriber I will choose not to pay it, they get enough of my money. I’ve heard many subscribers state they’ll stop their subs after this, I’m curious to see… if there is actually a dip in the subscriber base (which currently pays $13-15/mo) will the one time charge of $40 pay off for ZOS in the end or will they lose more than they gain? For that only time will tell.

    I plan to hold out for lower pricing or inclusion in the ESO sub fee.

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