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The Elder Scrolls Online is heading to Skyrim in 2020

ZeniMax was going to show more during The Game Awards, but it took an arrow to the knee

A player character in The Elder Scrolls Online stands on a mountaintop looking out into the opening valley from The Elder Scrolls 5, upscaled with CGI. From the teaser trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online expansion, The Dark Heart of Skyrim. Image: ZeniMax Online Studios

The Elder Scrolls Online is finally heading to Skyrim, the setting for the critically acclaimed hit The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. The new expansion was teased tonight during The Game Awards, and ZeniMax Online Studios promises more information during a livestreamed event at 2 p.m. PST on Jan. 16, 2020.

Work on Elder Scrolls Online originally began in 2007 with the formation of ZeniMax Online itself. Skyrim came out in November 2011. It was such a hit that studio director Matt Firor told Polygon in 2016 that it fundamentally changed the expectation fans had for what an Elder Scrolls-themed MMO could be. That resulted in a massive effort to revamp Elder Scrolls Online from the ground up with the so-called One Tamriel update that dropped later that year.

This isn’t the first time that Elder Scrolls Online has revisited the lands from other hit games in the franchise. In 2017, Bethesda released a gorgeous recreation of the land of Vvardenfell, the location for The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind. You can watch a 30-minute chunk of gameplay on Polygon’s YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, the current Season of the Dragon campaign arc in Elder Scrolls Online will soon be coming for to a close for players on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One. Those already invested in the game have a brand new trailer to analyze, including an extended cut version on YouTube.

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