The Elder Scrolls Online's New Blackwood Expansion Confirmed, Launches This June

Blackwood marks the first chapter in ESO’s Gates of Oblivion journey, and it's about "a deal with the devil."

The Elder Scrolls Online has had quite the journey. Originally released back in 2014, the MMORPG has continued growing since, offering continued expansions that have taken us to Vvardenfell, Summerset Isle, Elsweyr, and Skyrim.

Having announced the year-long Gates of Oblivion expansion last year, Bethesda have now revealed the first chapter is called Blackwood. Though it will arrive June 1, 2021, for PC, Mac, and Stadia players, PS4 and Xbox One owners will have to wait slightly longer until June 8.

Taking its name from Blackwood swamp, this expansion is set 800 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. You’ll set out to uncover the evil schemes of Mehrunes Dagon, Daedric Prince of Destruction, within a standalone tale that won’t rely on previous expansions. It will also contain roughly 30 hours of content and introduce companions. 

Speaking further about the new storyline, ESO’s Creative Director Rich Lambert confirmed:

This year, the story we are telling is essentially about a deal with the devil. Long ago, the Longhouse Emperors made a pact with Mehrunes Dagon, and it’s up to the players to figure out what is going on and how to stop their schemes from reaching completion.

In preparation for this, a separate DLC dungeon, called Flames of Ambition, is also launching, which leads players directly into this new chapter. That launches on March 8, 2021, and, like before, console owners will need to wait an additional week before getting their hands on it.

We’ll bring you Elder Scrolls Online news as it happens, so stay tuned for further updates.

Published Jan. 27th 2021

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