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Skyrim Is Set To Make An Epic Return

Over the past decade, the word "Skyrim" has inspired both excitement and disappointment. In 2011, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim set a new bar for first-person RPGs. In 2018, it came to Amazon Alexa devices. In 2020, Skyrim will headline again when The Elder Scrolls Online takes players into the frozen home of the Nords.

At The Game Awards, Bethesda revealed a new trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online featuring the final cinematic focusing on Elsweyr, the game's most recent expansion. At the end of the trailer, the view shifted to a new horizon, focusing on the mountainous landscape that makes up Skyrim. After the short teaser, the trailer cut to black, displaying the following text: "Explore the dark heart of Skyrim."

If you haven't played The Elder Scrolls Online, it's worth noting that Skyrim already exists in the game, at least partially. You can't visit every area, with only half of the region accessible due to in-game political conflicts. The trailer implies the other half of Skyrim may join the MMO next year.

While Bethesda has not indicated what to expect from the upcoming expansion, you probably don't need to worry about dragons. Though the developers introduced them in the 2011 release of Skyrim, they've already played a part in The Elder Scrolls Online thanks to the Season of the Dragon event. In previous expansions, the developers added new classes and organizations, including the Necromancer and Psijic Order.

If you're curious about this familiar yet new chapter, you can tune into the live reveal event via Twitch on Jan. 16, 2020. The stream will take place in the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas at the Luxor from approximately 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. PST. Those who would like to witness the reveal in-person can join the waitlist through the official website.