Yesterday, The Elder Scrolls Online teased the upcoming year-long story announcement with a simple, yet effective, video of a stormy sea. Well, today we know a bit more about what lies beyond that sea thanks to the full teaser trailer being released this morning.
The teaser, which is just under a minute and a half long, shares quite a bit of information with just its visuals, though still leaves a ton of questions. While we had a feeling we'd be leaving the shores of Tamriel proper, what with the stormy sea and being told to look to the horizon in yesterday's tease, today we got a moment that is full on Elder Scrolls: Black Flag.
Two three-masted ships and one long ship are seen sailing towards an unnamed landmass, each ship sporting the colors of one of the three alliances at the center of the original storyline of ESO. In the distance a cove opens up to a high-fantasy style city built into a cliffside, complete with the iconic waterfall. While we don't know for sure exactly where this is just yet, some hints were dropped simply by the Breton-style armoredcharacter standing, watching the ships creep closer.
In his Studio Director's Letter at the end of 2021, Matt Firor stated that the Elder Scrolls MMO would be going back to the series' roots of sorts, stating that this year's storyline would be one "political intrigue and factional infighting." The main story has sort of left the factional aspects of ESO by the wayside, especially since the One Tamriel update a few years prior, so it'll be interesting to see how ZeniMax injects this a bit into the story this year.
While we don't know much, especially as it pertains to exactly where the heroes are sailing (and whether or not we will be physically sailing there versus a simple fast travel), the MMORPG will be hosting its annual announcement later this month on January 27th. The announcement showcase will take place on Twitch at 3PM ET, and we can assume we'll learn more about what makes this particular year-long story tick.
For now, you can check out the trailer in the embed above. What are your thoughts? Have any theories as to what is being shown off this time around? Let us know in the comments.