The Elder Scrolls Online’s Horns of the Reach DLC is out next month

Horns of the Reach

Horns of the Reach, the minotaur-themed DLC pack for The Elder Scrolls Online [official site], will be coming out next month, Bethesda have announced. The DLC will add two dungeons to the MMO as well as new items, enemies and companions. There’s no word on pricing, yet – just that it will be free to ESO Plus members and that it will be available on the in-game crown store.

It will arrive alongside a free update to the game, Update 15, which will introduce a new game mode for PvP called Chaosball. Which sounds friggin’ awesome. There’s also a new map for the 4v4v4 PVP mode. All players will get some quality-of-life changes and bug fixes as part of the update, but for the new map and game mode you’ll need to own the game’s Morrowind expansion, which Alec had some reasonably kind words about when he played a preview build.

Anyway, let’s return to the DLC, which is all about minotaurs. First, there’s Gherig Bullblood, the boss for the first new dungeon, called Bloodroot Forge.

“[It’s] an ancient, long-forgotten forge that was recently rediscovered by the Reachmen and their minotaur allies. This forge, rumored to have been created by the Daedric prince Hircine, can create weapons of unbelievable power. When exploring this new dungeon, you will navigate through heavy vegetation and deep, lava-filled corridors to reach the heart of the forge and put a stop to Gherig Bullblood’s plans.”

The other new horned monster is Domihaus the Bloody-Horned, who I think came off better from Bethesda’s minotaur-naming session. He’s yer man for Falkreath Hold, the second new dungeon, where you’re tasked with breaking a mammoth siege on Falkreath, one of the major cities from Skyrim.

Mammoth ESO

Mammoth siege, see?

On the multiplayer front, it seems Chaosball is not quite as madcap as it sounds. Think capture the flag with no flag return spot: you have to grab a ball and hold it for as long as possible, which could prove tricky because it gives you healing and armour debuffs and eventually does damage to your entire team.

The new map for 4v4v4 is called Arcane University, and “features heavy indoor fighting, tricky teleporters, and high platforms that force you to watch your feet at all times”, so says Bethesda.

Now, if you can’t wait a month for the DLC release you can try it out early from next week on the Public Test Server. There’s instructions on how to gain access here.

The full details of the update are available in all their glory on The Elder Scrolls Online official site.

So, ESO fans, what do you make of the news?

16 Comments

  1. Robert The Rebuilder says:

    The whole article appears in the summary – it needs a jump break (or whatever it’s called).

  2. ByrdWhyrm says:

    Sounds interesting, albeit sleight. I’ll probably just temporarily re-up my ESO plus subscription when this and the Clockwork City are out, so I can enjoy them both.

  3. jeremyalexander says:

    I’m truly impressed with how this game has improved since it’s initial release. This and Secret World Legends are easily the best MMO’s around. I used to hate MMORPG’s for years but I can’t stop playing those two.

    • SaintAn says:

      Neither TESO or Secret World are MMO’s, and even if they were it is so silly to say they are some of the best. They are garbage lowest common denominator targeted games. You non-gamers say such ignorant things.

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        Seyda Neen says:

        Good work, initiate. Keep doing your best to uplift and preserve the holy name of “gamer”. Only a select few are truly worthy. You are among them. Be proud of this.

      • pentraksil says:

        Best or not is pretty subjective, but both are very much MMO’s…and your pathethic try at edginess doesn’t change a thing.

      • zero signal says:

        With all the tedious affectations to choose from, I wonder why kids seeking an identity pick this one. What do you win? Who thinks more highly of you when you call someone a “non-gamer”? It just seems so tiring, so completely devoid of return on effort.

      • esooly says:

        The resposne he was hoping for was :Gr8 B8 M8 . i’d R8 8/8 ?

    • harvb says:

      Really looking forward to the expansion. As MMOs go I feel it’s doing some things really well, and caters to a wide market. Might give Secret World a go too on the recommendation.

  4. Stargazer86 says:

    Didn’t the Morrowind Expansion just come out not too long ago?

  5. EwokThisWay says:

    I’m kind of disappointed, i thought there would be a new story area, even just a small one… but no, dungeons and PVP so, i guess, only group and multi content.
    Yes, i know, this is a MMO, but as someone who mostly plays the game solo (and enjoy its solo content very much), i feel a little bit left out on this one.

    • Someoldguy says:

      Perhaps that’s why they did it this way? People interested in solo exploration and questing got a substantial expansion last month and this one’s more for the group / PvP players. I rather like that division because it would allow me to not pay for PvP stuff I’ll never use if more games adopted this style.

  6. SaintAn says:

    Don’t forget to boycott this garbage.

  7. Kazic says:

    Fantastic game, but this DLC seems a bit lacking, like Shadows of the Hist was. It ends up being difficult to do these DLC dungeons when a large number of people don’t have them

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