The Elder Scrolls Online is going to a ‘never-before-seen world’ in 2022

The Elder Scrolls Online is getting an all-new year-long story for 2022, which Bethesda Softworks said will introduce players to “a never-before-seen world, stories, and cultures” in the sprawling world of The Elder Scrolls.

Where might players be headed off to on this exciting new adventure? That, I’m afraid, won’t be revealed for a while yet. For now, we’ve got the cinematic teaser above, featuring three ships—each presumably representing one of TESO’s three factions—approaching a rocky shoreline, under the watchful eye of someone wearing a pretty serious suit of armor.

There’s some speculation on Reddit that the new expansion will be set in High Rock, home of the Bretons, a human race of elven ancestry known for proficiency in magic and alchemy. I think that’s a good bet for a couple of reasons. For one thing, the geography fits: High Rock, the most northwestern province of Tamriel, is a peninsula, with a long shoreline and plenty of rocky, rugged terrain. It’s also home to a number of large coastal cities.

There are plenty of other maritime provinces in TESO, not to mention the entire Summerset Isles, ancestral home of the Altmer. More telling, though, is the armor worn by the observer seen near the end of the clip. At first glance I thought it was a fairly conventional set of Imperial duds, but upon closer inspection I noticed that the lower back plate of the cuirass is emblazoned with an odd symbol:

Popping around to the always-useful Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages, we can see that a nearly identical symbol can be found on the Breton style heavy armor in TESO—a symbol that’s not present on comparable armor for any other primary race in the game.

High Rock isn’t quite “never-before-seen” in the overall Elder Scrolls context: The Kingdom of Daggerfall, a region in the southwest of High Rock, provides much of the setting (and the title) for the second Elder Scrolls game. It hasn’t yet been explored meaningfully in TESO, though, and for my money that’s close enough.

(If you’re curious about Daggerfall, by the way, you can get the full game for free from Bethesda. It’s old, but very good.)

Alas, we won’t know for sure for a few weeks: The next Elder Scrolls Online year-long story will be revealed at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET on January 27, on Twitch. Further speculation while we wait can be fueled by the high-res screen caps below.

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Source: PC Gamer

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