The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle Preview: New lore, new locations and NPCs

Bretons, the “Man-Mer” race from the lore of The Elder Scrolls, has long been a favorite among role-players looking for a capable wizard user who isn’t an elf. But, among the record-breaking races in the fictional world of Bethesda Softworks, Bretton’s home at High Rock was late for a close-up. get one with The Sheikh’s Manuscripts OnlineThe next major expansion, hi isle, June 6 launch.

“This is probably the most intuitive part of the content we have added to it The Sheikh’s Manuscripts Online In terms of people who are familiar with the franchise,” said Rich Lambert, Creative Director of MMO at Zenimax Online Studios.” Morrowind [which got a huge expansion in 2017] Pretty weird, you know, has these weird fungi, and stuff like that. When you look at Blackwood [last June’s big expansion] Like, this is a big, giant demon coming up, and if you don’t know who the Dagon’s Mahrons are, you don’t necessarily know or care.

“But with that said, this is kind of a traditional medieval fairy tale telling,” Lambert added. He focuses on the noble houses and the politics that mix with it all, and on knights. Therefore, it is very accessible and easy for anyone to access.”

High Rock (Province name; High Isle is a location there) was a playable space The Sheikh’s Manuscripts Online Since the MMO debuted in 2014, but it hasn’t been given the full treatment for the chapter yet. at theseHowever, the Daggerfall faction, which is made up of Orcs, Bretons, and Redguards, dominates the High Rock, so the missions there introduce the lore of this alliance as a whole, rather than the Bretons specifically.

hi isle, Lambert said, centered around the War of the Three Banners, which is the conflict between the factions these; In the expansion, Peace Summit on the High Isle brings the noble community of The Steadfast and the Ascendant Order to the table, and players must uncover the true motives of both sides as they navigate the expansion’s main story arc.

Lambert acknowledged that Arthurian myths, and their aesthetics as traditionally displayed, inform much of the set design and activities at Hey Isle. Britons, after all, are considered an analogue of the British even though they are half dwarf. (In the Elder manuscript tradition, the word “breton” comes from a dead language and means “half.”)

“We wanted [the setting] “It feels like a resort more than anything,” Lambert said. “To the team, when I was going [the backstory] I said, “This is where the nobles go, this is where the money goes, this is Las Vegas meets the Roman era.” How can we make this as original and beautiful as possible? And the team just jumped into it and started looking into it.”

When asked about his favorite unmissable site that Elder Scrolls fans should make sure to visit Hey IsleLambert mentioned one of the new NPCs in the expansion, Ember, a Khajit Road survivor with a talent for magic. “It’s a great character, and the story, and their goal to unleash it, they’ve been done very well,” Lambert said. “I think the players will enjoy it and that goal.”

The other unlockable companion is Isobel Velois, a Breton Knight. It’s not directly from Bryn Tarth raising game of thronesbut if that’s how players approach her role inside Hey IsleLambert looked really good with her. “It could be one like that,” Lambert said. “She and her family are knights. Her goal is focused on what she sees as right and wrong and how she wants to do right by everyone. She’s not, kind of, stifling, pompous,” I’m a knight, so, you know, I worship the land I walk on. “It has its own traits, drawbacks, and so on.”

In terms of gameplay, a notable new feature is Tales of Tribute, a pub game that develops as a deck-building diversion to play against NPCs and human players. With Tales of Tribute, players will be able to unlock cards, decks and other pieces, using the leaderboards to advance in the graph.

Close-up of a card on a slot table in a deck building game

Tales of Tribute is a deck building game where The Sheikh’s Manuscripts Online Players can face off against NPCs or other players.
Photo: Zenimax Online Studios / Bethesda Softworks

Given that High Rock and High Isle countries are a lot undiscovered for the Elder Scrolls video game – other than ConnectedHer last appearance as an explorable video game world was in 1996 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall Lambert agreed that this expansion effectively put him in charge of a large part of the canon for the series, which began on March 28th.

“But one of the things that we’ve built up over the years is this sense of confidence; [Bethesda Game Studios] Trust us IP — we’ve been working on this game since, you know, it was 2007, but it’s been live since 2014, Lambert said. “And we treat intellectual property with respect. We work closely with them, any time we do something. And they’ve given us carte blanche to do whatever we want with High Isle. It is a nice.”