The Elder Scrolls Online has a new chapter in the Dark Heart of Skyrim saga today, which was revealed last month at QuakeCon at Home. The Stonethorn DLC tells the tale of Lady Thorn and the alchemist Arkasis, while a vampire army prepares to march on Western Skyrim.
Out today on PC, Stadia, and Mac, players can expect several quality-of-life improvements, fixes, and balance changes as part of the free Upgrade 27 patch according to Bethesda. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players will have to wait until September 1 to delve into the content, which includes the new Castle Thorn and Stone Garden group dungeons. There will also be new questlines to experience, additional Achievements, item sets, and collectibles to earn.
The new dungeons are part of a larger grand narrative that the previous Harrowstorm and Greymoor expansions began developing. You’ll still be able to tackle each group dungeon without needing to have played the previous ones, as they’ll also function as standalone adventures. Castle Thorn is filled with vampires that Lady Thorn has summoned to her side, while the Stone Garden in Blackreach is home to horrifying experiments that the mad alchemist Arkasis has created in his lab.
Character pathing is also getting a beefy upgrade, with players able to build paths for residents of their homesteads. You’ll be able to specify nodes for each path, pick a walk speed, add delays, and set random routes for characters.
As usual, all Elder Scrolls Online DLC will be made available free for ESO Plus subscribers or can be purchased as standalone content for non-subscribers. When The Elder Scrolls Online arrives on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, players can also expect to receive a free next-gen upgrade.
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