When The Gates of Oblivion was revealed as The Elder Scrolls Online’s next year-long adventure, certain questions no doubt leapt to the minds of many of the online RPG game’s fans. Like, “Tiber Septim’s beard! Was that Mehrunes Dagon?”, “Is that fiery hellscape The Deadlands from TES IV?”, and, “Will an Oblivion gate spewing forth Daedra swallow me up and send me there?” To find out, we spoke to creative director Rich Lambert ahead of the expansion’s launch.
“You will go to The Deadlands in the chapter,” he tells us. “You will go to pockets of it, though. And then in the fourth quarter in that story DLC we always do to wrap up the year, you’re going to spend a lot of time in The Deadlands exploring [Mehrunes Dagons’] realm. This year’s story is all about him.”
While we won’t see the same gateways into The Deadlands that were peppered across TES IV’s valleys popping up in TESO’s own Tamriel, we will be faced with an equally worrisome alternative: Oblivion portals. “In our timeline, Mehrunes Dagon hasn’t quite figured out the science, if you will, to the Oblivion gates,” Lambert tells us. “We’re 800 years in the past.