Over the past year, The Elder Scrolls Online has been focused primarily on the Season of the Dragon. Until now, it’s tackled those overgrown lizards through the Khajiit home of Elsweyr, but now it’s bringing the series back to Skyrim.
A trailer, released last night, points to the end of the past year of expansions and story content for the MMO. It features major players Khamira and Abnur Tharn in a battle against a dragon which seems to end so destructively that the aftermath can be seen across Tamriel. As the trailer draws to an end, we pan through a mountain valley, before a man with braided blond hair and a horned helmet steps into the foreground.
The trailer ends by telling players to explore “the dark heart of Skyrim.” That obviously means we’ll be heading back to the Great White North, but we’ll have to wait a while to figure out exactly what that means - the global reveal event takes place on the evening of January 16, 2020.
The Elder Scrolls Online has steered clear of Skyrim since its release, but is swiftly running out of places to expand into - Morrowind and Oblivion’s Cyrodiil are already available, and places like Summerset, Black Marsh, and Elsweyr have shed light on areas of Tamriel not seen in decades. I dabbled in the Khajiit homeland earlier this year, but I'm interested to see how Zenimax handles a world that players are still so familiar with.