Elder Scrolls Online Oblivion Prequel Expansion Gets June Release Date

Bethesda has revealed The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood, a new story chapter that serves as a prequel to the events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. It will launch on separate dates in June for PC and consoles.

Revealed in a livestream on the Bethesda Twitch channel, the chapter will launch on PC on June 1 and June 8 on consoles. Blackwood will task players with “uncovering the schemes of the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon,” who served as the primary antagonist of Oblivion. 30 hours of story content is set to be added to the game, set over 800 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

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This update will also introduce Oblivion Portal World Events, quality-of-life features and a Companions system similar to the single-player Elder Scrolls games, where players will be able to recruit, develop and customize NPCs to fight alongside them.

It’s all part of a year-long ‘Gates of Oblivion’ content roadmap for Elder Scrolls Online. The expansion will send players to famous locations related to the fourth Elder Scrolls game, including Leyawiin and Blackwood itself, which is “caught between the Argonian homeland and Imperial province of Cyrodiil.”

The Blackwood narrative will kick off with the Flames of Ambition DLC, which adds new dungeons that “reveal the threat of Mehrunes Dagon”. Flames of Ambition is set to launch on March 8 for PC, Mac and Stadia and March 16 for Xbox and PlayStation consoles.

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Bethesda’s stream also teased an “end-of-year story DLC” which will take players to the Deadlands, Mehrunes Dagon’s personal realm. In other Bethesda news, a Naughty Dog veteran recently joined Elder Scrolls Online developer Zenimax Online to work on a “new, unannounced AAA IP.”

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Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.

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