Dragons should never really be part of Tamiel's second age, the time when The Elder Scrolls Online takes place. They are more at home in the fourth age, the early locality Skyrim taking place a thousand years later. But ESO is nothing if it is not fluent in its lore, and then we are here with dragons.
They are the star's attractions in Elsweyr the new chapter ESO to be published on PC / Mac, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 4 (May 20 for pre-purchase customers ), which I played for an hour or so, on a recent media event.
Dragons has largely gone out in this MMO since it was launched back in 201
I start the game in a comfortable slot room, in the media, recovery (I am told) from a recent dragon mauling. My guards are surprised and impressed that I am alive. But with dragons on the loose, I'm bound to come to work, uncover secrets, recruit friends, kill enemies and all the imaginative stories.
ESO goes out of its way to be kind to new arrivals to his world, as with last year's update [Summerset Summerset ) you can jump right into this game and quickly feel competent.
In battle, I go out and avoid. I kill rats. I solve treasure chests, I'm the dialogue with NPC's. I explore castle corridors until I am outside, where the world has a decorative feel inspired by Southeast Asia. There are three main biomes in Elsweyr: savannah, forest and desert. I'm looking for magic artifacts that will bring the dragons back. Soon I will learn more advanced combat movements, including magic.
This early section plays the same way if you are a beginner or a highly planned denizen of ESO upgraded to the golden of magic and power. The game strengthens itself against your abilities and gives a fair fight. Of course, experienced players will have access to magic and other useful skills to make early combat more varied.
I come across my first dragon after an hour or so about fighting less exotic enemies. I don't want to spoil the game, but it is enough to say that my weaknesses are not enough to kill the creature. Its appearance is just a lesson that kills these animals, is no walk in the park. Skyrim s "dragon-shouts" are not available in this world. That means I need help.
And then the adventure begins, where I will eventually stop with other questers to take out dragons in staged cases that come to random times and places. It is possible to kill a dragon with few comrades but not advisable. The general guide is for eight players. Elsweyr also comes with a 12-player raid, called "Sunspire."
Except drag, the other main attraction to Elsweyr is a new class of player, a Necromancer, the game's first new class since 2017s Morrowind chapter. As the name suggests, this character has useful abilities when it comes to interacting with the dead. Necromancers specialize in illusion, destructive magic and the mastery of human souls.
In a fight, Necromancer is able to induce minions or rebuild all humanoid bodies lying around. When thrown into pigs, these undead helpers are limited in their abilities, but they can also be used as bait for explosive magic. Necromancer's main downside is that it lacks the ability to move fast in a sticky situation. But a fake of the rearguard zombie allies seems like a fair trade-off.
Part of ESO 's charm explores its fantasy worlds and interacts with its many NPCs. Elsweyr is the home country of leonine Khajiit race. Aside from loosened dragons, their biggest problem is an invasion of the imperial northern, which has appeared with an army of bad Necromancers.
For fans of ESO this story brings back some well-known faces from the past, including Abnur Tharn, spoken by Alfred Molina and Sir Cadwell of Codswallop, a comic relief knight pronounced by John Cleese.
The Oldest Scrolls Online has been played by about 12 million people since its launch, with last year's high fantasy Summerset chapter quoted by publisher Bethesda as its most successful year ever . Elsweyr is available for pre-order now in various decorated versions. Keep an eye on Polygon's review closer to launch.