ESO: Morrowind Expansion Thoughts

The truth is, the Elder Scrolls have always been a missed opportunity for me as a fan of fantasy RPGs. Since I was introduced to RPGs on the SNES, and didn’t migrate to the PC as a main gaming platform for many years, early PC RPGs were tough for me to get into. They just seemed so overwhelming, and often darker and more gritty than their brightly-colored JRPG counterparts.

I dabbled around with Daggerfall and later Oblivion back in the day, but Elder Scrolls never really took me by storm. I don’t know if I ever owned Morrowind, to be honest… *goes to check GoG account* Nope. Doesn’t look like it.

Funny thing is that I do own Skyrim and all the DLC, so much that I was able to get the new HD version for free. But, still yet, I try to play it and end up falling out of the game right after I slay my first dragon. Every time.

Gah! And I really, really tried to keep going with this! I still want to play Skyrim!

Reflection on ESO

So, I’m pretty much a noob to all things Elder Scrolls. Maybe that’s part of the reason ESO could never strongly hook me, even though it has a lot of elements I really should enjoy. Unlike FFXIV, there’s no nostalgia for ESO to fascinate me with. And the lore that’s there seems so vast and overwhelming, I can hardly wrap my head around it.

I’ve rolled several characters over the years in ESO, including during beta testing. So I’ve played the same starting area for the Aldmeri Dominion over and over and over again to the point that it’s hard for me to keep interest. Yeah, I guess I could roll on the other side (whatever it is – lore noob), but the races of the Aldmeri Dominion appeal to me more.

An old beta character

I currently have two characters that I kick around with every now and then. And they are both stuck in what I consider the tutorial island area. I’ve gotten past this point once, but it was so long ago and I don’t have that character anymore. Maybe it was a beta character that was deleted.

While I find the game more enjoyable than I did back in beta (my first impressions weren’t so hot), I still just have so much trouble sticking with it. Especially when FFXIV has its hooks into me and demands most of my time.

So, Morrowind

Oh yeah. This was supposed to be my thoughts on Morrowind, the new “chapter” (expansion) announced for ESO. Seems like it’s drummed up a lot of excitement, and I’m honestly very happy for ESO players who are getting expansion content. I know the road has been rocky for ESO, and seeing an expansion is always a good sign that the game is doing well.

ESO has caught my attention several times recently with their housing announcements, One Tamriel, and now Morrowind. What I like about this expansion is, of course, the new pet class. That will always get my attention.

But also, it sounds as if you can roll a new Warden and perhaps start somewhere new to begin your game. It’s really hard to tell, though. Nothing actually states specifically “new starting zone.”

It’s more like:

New Players: New players can jump into The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind and start a new character without having to complete any previous ESO content.

Does that say “new starting zone” more or less? It seems to. If so, that has my attention.

The price is acceptable and comparable to other expansions. So I don’t have any issue with the cost.

If it has plenty of positive points that interest me, why am I not jumping on the pre-order?

Unfortunate Timing

It’s all about the release date: June 6.

That’s ten days before the expected early access for FFXIV Stormblood, which is June 16.

I’ve already pre-ordered the collector’s edition for Stormblood, and am asking time off from work to enjoy it. So, yeah.

Those expansion dates are way, way too close for me. Had Morrowind come a month earlier, I might have dropped some time and money on it. I just can’t justify it when I know Stormblood is going to consume all my free time once it’s released a few days later.


This is probably a good thing, as I can hear a bit about what other players thought of Morrowind before I pick it up on down the line. Depending on how engaged I am with Stormblood, I may just wait to see if I can get Morrowind on sale later.

Anyway, it sounds like a lot of nice things are coming to ESO. I hope everyone who picks up the expansion finds it all that you hope it to be!


  1. They don’t mention a starting zone because starting zone implies level-gating and One Tamriel does away with level-gating. It’s almost a political thing, avoiding the term starting zone. Same as this isn’t an Expansion, it’s a Chapter, because Expansion implies content for level-capped, long-term players and they want to emphasize that you can play through the TESO Morrowind content with a brand new character even if you’ve never played TESO before. It’s all politics and PR, really :). They did say on their livestream that there’s a tutorial in Morrowind for new players who want to start there.

    With One Tamriel you can play any race in any area and jump between areas at will.

    The new chapter is, IMO, pretty expensive. $40 as an upgrade, $60 as a DCE upgrade. And $60 & $80 if you don’t own the game. By the time you play through the new FF XIV content you’ll probably be able to get Morrowind for $20 during a sale or something. 🙂

    I’m kind of excited about it. I don’t care about the arena PVP stuff, but a new class and a big new area to explore both sound good to me. But then I’m kind of a TESO fanboy…

    1. I haven’t really explored One Tamriel, so it’s good to know I can try out a new area should I roll another character in the future. I really, really need a change of starting area/story to keep my attention, I think. If I have to cleanse that temple of what’s-his-name one more time, I swear…

      $40 is about the going price for expansions in general, and I’d be willing to pay that if I hear people say it’s worth it. GW2’s HoT was more expensive ($50), even for the basic version (I’ve not purchased because I feel THAT is too expensive). I dropped $60 on the CE for Stormblood, though, so it’s not that I’m not willing to spend money for a game I like.

      However, if I can get it on sale around the holidays, I’m fine to wait. I’m sure I’ll have plenty to occupy my time in FFXIV.

  2. I am a long time fan of the series so I guess I am a bit biased here. In my opinion as far as story lines go the main storyline for Skyrim is weak compared to the others. I did play thru it once and once was enough for me. The joy in the game to me is the exploration and the other quest lines in the game. There are a ton of characters in the game with thier own story to tell and to me that is where the game really shines. I think the best quest line is the thieves guild. My suggestion is to do the first part of the main quest where you at least get the dragon shouts and just ignore the main quest and go exploring. That might get you into the game. I also role play my characters in my head. For instance I played a Breton that has a spider phobia which was quite interesting. I also played a Red Guard that absolutely did not use magic, but she was a alchemist. I also played a imperial thief does not want to kill anything, but will pickpocket you in a minute. I think that was my most interesting gameplay. Well that is my 2cents I hope you can try to jump back in and enjoy such a great game.

    1. Thanks for your suggestions! I haven’t given up on Skyrim, but I’ve just noticed that there’s a pattern in where I always stop playing the game. I’m not sure if it’s because there are just so many quests that I don’t know which one to follow, or that I try so hard to try and absorb all the books and lore, and that gets overwhelming to me. 🙂

      I really respect the world they’ve built in the game, enjoyed exploring and still want to keep playing it. It’s been a few months since I’ve logged in, but I’ll see if I can’t make some time for it again. Maybe if I can get past this area, I can break the funk.

  3. oh by the way, as a fan of the Elder Scrolls series, I really hated the online game. The stories were cool at first when I played but after getting my red guard to cap I quickly realized that a lot of the stories are cookie cutter and the same troupes over and over again. The online game is cool for a moment but then it got stale real quick for me.

  4. I played the crap out of Morrowind back in the day. It was the only thing I played for something like 2 years. As with koryanders in Skyrim, I would constantly be restarting to play a character with a different roleplaying. TBH, I think my favorite one was the Orc who refused to use anything but Orcish gear. Ran around in basic clothes punching things for quite some time. And then later couldn’t damage dremora until he enchanted his sword…..

    I don’t think I ever actually made it all the way through the main story quest for that. I may have once. But even there I might have bogged down by the time it took me to Vivec city, so I may not have actually finished it.

    Hm. I actually still have my old MW disk… I might have to install it again. Nah…. I’ll stick with FFXIV. But I’ll be sorely tempted to buy the ESO expansion. I played that game for about 8 months before switching to FFXIV, and this new Warden class and the ability to head to Vvardenfell just might take me back.

  5. Throughly enjoyed Skyrim but can’t say I’ve ever been that into the lore behind it all. Always been tempted with ESO but so far I’ve kept my distance. Will wait and see people’s thoughts on the Morrowind expansion.

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