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The Elder Scrolls Online Skyrim expansion detailed, watch the new trailer

Four discrete modules to roll out through 2020

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After being ported to virtually every video game platform known to man, the world and lore of Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is now set to arrive inside its own sibling MMO, The Elder Scrolls Online.

The team at developer ZeniMax Online Studios unveiled new details about its upcoming season of content, titled The Dark Heart of Skyrim. The rollout of its four discrete modules begins with The Elder Scrolls Online: Harrowstorm In the first quarter of 2020. That content will be on the public test server starting next week.

In the second quarter, ZeniMax says it will release The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor, a new and complete chapter in the ongoing story of the popular MMO. That will open up the western half of the Skyrim landmass, known for its snowy mountains and tundra. The narrative, it says, will be “one of The Elder Scrolls’ darkest stories yet.”

That module will have its own collector’s edition, which will include a statue, a map, and collectible coins. Neither the third or the fourth DLC modules has yet been named, but more information will be revealed during this year’s E3.

The collector’s edition of Greymoor includes a replica Vampire Lord statue and four collectible coins from the world of Tamriel. Image: ZeniMax Online Studios/Bethesda Softworks

Going live during the Dark Heart of Skyrim will be numerous quality-of-life improvements, but also some new systems. Some of those improvements will require players to re-download the entire game client. The result will be smaller patches, and a smaller footprint overall — 30 gigabytes smaller, in fact.

There will be fresh world events for players to participate in, as well as an escalation of the ongoing vampire infestation. There will also be something called an “Antiquities system” that will allow players to collect “furnishing and mementos” all throughout the world of Tamriel. Altogether, ZeniMax says The Dark Heart of Skyrim will add “hundreds of hours of additional adventures.” Pre-orders are live now.

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