Elder Scrolls Online reveals the next expansion, Gold Road, will be released in June 2024
Another year, another 30+ hour chapter expanding on the already expansive and stunning RPG universe of The Elder Scrolls Online, which is now steadily approaching its 10th anniversary (released April 4). This special occasion calls for the long-awaited TES classic to finally make its way to Zenimax Online Studios’ online multiplayer offering when the newly announced Gold Road expansion becomes available later this year. And for what it’s worth, this classic feature is actually crafting a spell in the form of Gold Road’s new writing system, as some on Reddit postulated Accidental leak of Gold Road’s introductory videos On YouTube via Zenimax itself.
Gold Road will release in June on all platforms, with PC and Mac versions releasing on June 3 before launching on console on June 18.
In the words of ZOS, Scribing lets you “collect and customize” unique skills called Grimoires across ESO’s open-world areas through various means, and Zenimax even described it as “a fantasy prequel to what could become spellcrafting 1,000 years in the future,” so Take that as you will.
It’s interesting to hear that each of these skills has a ‘primary, secondary and tertiary effect’ which you can change and build on using connectable texts. In theory, this could instantly open up many opportunities for new builds no matter what class you’re playing as – and if you’re optimistic, it could shake up what many (myself included) believe is a stagnant combat system where skills are rotated in and rarely change Within a specific CP160+ architecture.
But hey – if you’re more obsessed with getting your character’s visual style in ESO right, they’ve got you covered. At launch, Gold Road will feature 22 collectible styles that can be applied to customizable Grimoires, and fans of The Elder Scrolls who remember crafting spells from Daggerfall, Morrowind, and Oblivion may be happy with the new system — which will tie directly into skill lines that already exist for all classes, whether or not you’re interacting Live with Gold Road content or not.
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To that end, there will be “at least one” Grimoire for each of the main weapon and world skill lines (Mage’s Guild, Fighter’s Guild, Soul Magic, Assault, Support). Honestly, it’s been a while since the Soul Magic line has gotten any love, and I’m excited to finally replace Soul Trap in my Templar skill bar.
It wouldn’t be a new chapter of ESO without a new area featuring the usual mix of new quests, pits, points of interest, a new 12-player experience called the Lucent Citadel, and a new main story – as we’ve come to expect from ESO’s annual chapters since the Morrowind expansion was released in 2017. The only thing missing is The usual duo of new NPC companions, who Zenimax says will be coming in the final DLC of 2024.
The new region is located in the West Weald region of Cyrodiil, home to one of Oblivion’s famous cities – Skingrad – which serves as the capital of the Gold Road.
The West Weald looks like a large area divided into three folds. There, you’ll find yourself exploring the titular Gold Road which is described as a “deciduous forest of windswept autumn colours”, incorporating the rainforest-inspired Valenwood, and the barren Colovian Highlands. From what has been shared by Zenimax Online Studios, it appears that you can simply enter the West Weald via Cyrodiil, Reaper’s March, Craglorn, or the Gold Coast.
Once you’re settled in the West Weald, you can choose to become involved in the politics of a faction of Bosmer that has defected from Valenwood called the “Recollection”, as they attempt to aid the newly introduced 18th Daedric Prince, Ithelia – who, without spoiling too much about her identity or connection to the wider story, has been First mentioned during the events of ESO’s 2023 chapter, Necrom.
Like Necrom, this makes the Gold Road’s role in terms of expanding the broader TES lore particularly important since we haven’t seen any additions to the Daedric Pantheon – which typically numbers 17 – since The Elder Scrolls series was in its infancy.
If you complete the main stories of both expansions, you will be able to experience the “Captain’s” quests that solve the combined stories. It’s very possible that Italia and her kingdom of Mirrormoor will appear in The Elder Scrolls 6 in the distant future, so Gold Road might make it worthwhile to jump back into The Elder Scrolls Online and play the new main quests – even if you’ve been burned out on decent ESO chapters over the years last few.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Road is currently in development for PC, Mac, Xbox, and PlayStation.