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New Elder Scrolls Online Blackwood DLC serves as prequel for Oblivion

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Bethesda revealed the next step for its sprawling online game. The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood, the latest DLC, takes place before the events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Blackwood will launch on separate dates in mid-2021 for PC and consoles but Bethesda promises an exciting new story regardless of the platform. Blackwood adds around 30 hours of story and new companions for players to meet and fight with.

A step back

The Elder Scrolls: Blackwood launches on PC on June 1 and on consoles on June 8. The DLC’s story follows the schemes of the Daedric Prince Merhunes Dagon, the big bad evil guy from Oblivion. It takes players to 800 years before the events of Oblivion, a long time before the death of Emperor Uriel Septim VII.

The update introduces Oblivion Portal World Events, a few quality-of-life additions, and a Companions system similar to most single-player Elder Scrolls games. Players will be able to meet, recruit, and customize specialized NPCs to fight alongside them in their adventures. Blackwood opens up several famous locations related to  Oblivion.

Blackwood continues the year-long Gates of Oblivion special event for The Elder Scrolls Online.

Back to Oblivion

The extended Gates of Oblivion event may bring more DLCs within the year. Currently, ESO players have Blackwood to look forward to. The Blackwood storyline is expected to start off with the Flames of Ambition DLC. The DLC will thrust players into the questline with the addition of new dungeons that “reveal the threat of Mehrunes Dagon.” Flames of Ambition launches on March 8 for PC, MAC, and Stadia and on March 16 for Xbox and PlayStation consoles.

Bethesda teased an “end-of-year story DLC” but we’ll have to wait for more details regarding that expansion. It’s an exciting time for loyal ESO players as they grapple with one of the biggest threats of the Elder Scrolls universe.