The Elder Scrolls Online is getting players prepared for its huge expansion taking place in the fan-favorite region of Morrowind. This new video released by Bethesda showcases the brand new PvP arena titled Battlegrounds which will be a part of the release of The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind. This new mode will differ from the large-scale PvP map that players of the game are already used to by focusing on tight 4 player teams in smaller, more focused maps. Teams will compete to control the map against two other teams in a 4v4v4 gauntlet.
This sounds like a good idea, as many have been put off by PvP in the base game of The Elder Scrolls Online. It was by no means terrible and was a great idea in concept, but didn’t always manage to achieve the epic scale warfare it was going for. Originally, players would battle in a huge region of Cyrodil and fight in a persistent warzone where teams would capture territory, towns, and castles. This meant that the battle never stopped and you might log on one day to see that town you tried so hard to keep hold of has now been captured by the enemy, pushing your side back in the process. The problem with this, however, was that many times you would find there just wasn’t enough players on at one time to fill the gigantic map, which led to a lot of roaming large empty stretches with no one around to the sound of whistling winds and sight of some tumbleweeds rolling by.
This new, dense, and more focused attempt at PvP looks like a great contrast to what we had before. Hopefully, the smaller map sizes have given Zenimax Online Studios more creative freedom to come up with tightly designed and interesting battlegrounds for players to spend ungodly amounts of hours in. As seen in the video, which was filmed during the first hands-on at PAX East 2017, one player expresses the joy he had throwing players into lava. This means the maps could have unique gameplay traits that could turn the tide of battle.
At PAX, players also got to try out a new class included in The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind, the Warden. Though not too much is known about it as of yet, we can get from this video that he has quite a sweet looking frost ability that seems fun to play around with. The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind releases July 6th, 2017 on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Mac.