The Elder Scrolls Online is putting out a massive DLC on June 6th set on the island of Vvardenfell. Titled The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, the new content will take place in some relatively familiar places to those who played the 2002 title, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. In a post on the official website, the developers talked about how they mixed the old with the new in order to create a fun environment for players both familiar and unfamiliar with the source material.
This post was created in celebration of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind’s 15 anniversary. The original game has a special place in the hearts of many Elder Scrolls players and plays a large part in the popularity of the new DLC. As the Elder Scrolls Online takes place before the Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind in the game series’s timeline, the developers had some breathing room when it came to recreating familiar locations, but they are certainly still recognizable.
The post uses the DLC’s first real location, Seyda Neen, as an example. In a quote from Rich Lambert, the game’s creative director, fans get a glimpse of the developer’s intentions. “We wanted to the TES III players to feel like they’re coming back home,” Lambert said.
As any veteran players can probably see from this picture, the initial look at the Elder Scrolls Online Seyda Neen is nearly identical to its 2002 predecessor. This is carried forward into the world and quests. We already know that familiar characters like Vivec will be present in the game, and that the Morag Tong and Great Houses are still very much forces to be reckoned with at this point in the timeline.
There will, however, still be plenty of unique stories, monsters, and ideas in the Morrowind DLC according to the game’s art director, Jared Carr. “With ESO: Morrowind, we were able to add a lot of additional detail,” Carr says. “It’s 15 years later in development time, and with our game engine we can get more into the world than ever.”
Whether you’re a new comer or a returning adventurer, it is clear that the Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind will be a DLC that aims to please. For more information on the game, make sure you check out “An In-Depth Look at TESO: Morrowind and Why it’s Exciting” and check back here for a full review of the DLC when it launches!