The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind is set to make some major changes to Bethesda’s MMORPG, with a list of planned improvements for the new expansion that rivals the exhaustive patch notes gamers often expect out of Blizzard’s World of Warcraft updates. While the biggest news coming out of Morrowind is undoubtedly the inclusion of a new class in The Elder Scrolls Online, however, many of the game’s biggest fans have stayed in Bethesda’s online world thanks to its expansive, Tolkien-esque game world and narrative.
Morrowind’s status as one of The Elder Scrolls fans’ favorite locations has undoubtedly placed a great deal of expectation on the expansion. Luckily, in a new thirty minute gameplay video demonstrating The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, it appears that the developers have managed to capture what made Morrowind such a compelling place. The video demonstrates players engaging in a brand new quest line that is steeped in Morrowind-specific lore as their avatars will come to the aid of one of the three immortal god-kings of the province, Lord Vivec the Warrior-Poet.
The video demonstrates The Elder Scrolls Online‘s trademark style, a blend of the open-world sandbox adventures that have enamored gamers for decades and more traditional MMORPG trappings, like sectioned-off quest dialogue and a global chat. More importantly, though, the video also hints at what could be the major plot thread present in The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, as Vivec’s powers are failing him and, in conversation with the player character, he wonders aloud what might be happening to his siblings as well. It sounds like the kind of setup that MMORPG expansions have thrived on before, and the introduction of three powerful god-like beings is a good way to up the ante in what has already been a pretty epic narrative.
Despite initial complaints on release about The Elder Scrolls Online‘s shortcomings when compared to the other two genre giants in World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV, Bethesda’s take on the classic MMORPG offering has acquitted itself nicely over time. The Elder Scrolls Online now boasts a staggering 8.5 million copies sold, and while that hasn’t translated into as many players remaining dedicated players as Bethesda would perhaps like, it’s a testament to the appeal of the franchise and the strides the game has made toward being an enjoyable, engaging experience.
Although the gameplay video doesn’t really showcase any of the most anticipated content, like raiding, changes to PvP, and the new Warden class, it does at least indicate players can continue to expect a high quality, narrative-driven performance out of the game’s dizzying storyline. Whether The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind is simply more of the same solid content or another evolution for the MMORPG won’t be a mystery for long, though – the expansion releases in just over a month, and there are millions of players waiting to let the world know.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind releases on June 6 for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac.