The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset expansion is now out on PC and Mac. Players can now journey to the Summerset Isles, the ancestral home of the High Elves. And, as expected, Bethesda has released a new cinematic trailer to mark the expansion’s launch. “The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset is now in Early Access on PC/Mac and will be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 5, 2018. Queen Ayrenn has opened Summerset’s borders to all, but ancient enemies and Daedric forces plot in the shadows to bring forth a very different future for the island and its people. Gather your allies, explore a paradise unmatched in its beauty and ancient history, and prepare to fight for the heart and soul of Summerset – and ultimately, Tamriel.” If you haven’t grabbed a copy, the Summerset is still available for pre-purchase. Pre-purchased expansions include a free copy of the Morrowind expansion, the Nightmare Senche mount, new costumes, pets, and more. You can … [Read more...] about The Elder Scrolls Online ‘Summerset’ Expansion Is Now Live On PC And Mac; New Trailer Released
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Play Elder Scrolls OnlineMany MMO gamers – including me – are a bit underwhelmed by the next chapter of the Elder Scrolls Online. Although Summerset is not a bad bit of content, I have concerns about the amount of content that is coming with this expansion compared to the last expansion, Morrowind. The island of Summerset is a nice size, probably bigger than Vvardenfell, but there seem to be fewer things to keep people interested for longer than maybe a couple of weeks. That being said, what it does, it does very well. I’ve already mentioned in a previous article how gorgeous the island is, especially the extra zone of Artaeum. I was blown away by that. But I didn’t go into depth about Psijic Order skill line. At the time I wrote that article, I really hadn’t had a chance to play around with it. But now I have, and although I can’t say that everything about that skill tree is perfect, there are more than a couple of skills that I will be … [Read more...] about Tamriel Infinium: Deep-diving the mechanics of Elder Scrolls Online Summerset’s Psijic Order skill line
Play Elder Scrolls OnlineOver the years, I suspect I’ve made it well known what I find most important in my Elder Scrolls Online gameplay. I enjoy the environments and the quest storylines. I play most of the game solo with very little interaction with any other players. It’s not that I don’t like other players; it’s just that when I started playing ESO, the main storylines in the game where not very group friendly, so that kind of gameplay is what I expected and enjoyed. Of course, that means my primary focus, when playing through the Summerset Chapter for ESO, was story and single-player gameplay. There are many things added with Summerset that aren’t single-player focused, like the new Cloudrest trial and the Abyssal Geysers, but I’d hardly call myself an expert in those areas. But we solo players do have many things to look forward to in Summerset besides the story quests, like jewelry crafting, a new skill line, and daily login rewards. For … [Read more...] about Tamriel Infinium: First impressions of Elder Scrolls Online’s Summerset (mostly without spoilers!)
Play Elder Scrolls OnlineEven though I don’t believe that Summerset was the best choice for the next expansion for the Elder Scrolls Online, that doesn’t mean that the chapter is without merit. According to ZeniMax Online Creative Director Rich Lambert, Summerset will be bigger and have more to do than Morrowind. It’s hard to believe that the actual island is bigger, but I do believe that there is much more playable area on Summerset than on Vvardenfell because it doesn’t have a giant volcano sitting in the middle of it taking up a lot of room. Because this island hasn’t been seen since Elder Scrolls: Arena, it’s hard to know what to expect from this land. We know that certain things exist, like the Crystal Tower and the home of the Psijic Order Artaeum, but we haven’t ever really seen some of these places in any games. Because I’m a lore buff, I’d like to take a few moments to talk about the first settlers of the Summerset Isles, … [Read more...] about Tamriel Infinium: Where did the Elder Scroll Online Summerset come from?
Play Elder Scrolls OnlineLet me teach you how to understand Mephala the Webspinner. Maybe that’s misleading; she’s a Deadric Prince, and who can really understand the motivations of a god, especially one as complicated as Mephala? That’s also what is really wonderful about the characters in Elder Scrolls Online: They never seem to be all good or all bad. There always appears to be some sort of nuance about them that requires explanation. If you buy the physical Collector’s for Summerset, you will get a 12-inch statue of Mephala, which might be the first collector’s edition of ESO that I buy, and it’s because of that statue. During the introductory livestream for Summerset, Creative Director Rich Lambert simply said that “she plays a role” in the upcoming expansion but didn’t really go any further than that. But if she’s like any of the other featured Daedric Princes, she’s likely one of the formidable enemies … [Read more...] about Tamriel Infinium: Understanding Elder Scrolls Online’s Mephala and speculating on Summerset