The Elder Scrolls Online is in the midst of its latest free-to-play spell. But while players are enjoying more time in the world of Tamriel, the developers are at home working on the game. According to the latest announcement from ESO game director Matt Firor, the team has worked from home since March 16. He believes everything is going well, but with the current COVID-19 situation, delays are inevitable. As such, Firor expects ESO‘s Update 26, along with the Greymoor chapter, to ship a week later than expected.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor was supposed to release on May 18 for PC. So, update your calendars to May 25. Firor went on to say that Update 26 and the Greymoor chapter are on track to hit the test server on April 20. He does warn that this is an unprecedented situation and unexpected issues could arise. But he assures players that Zenimax will let them know if anything delays the Greymoor launch further.
Voices in the dark
One thing that will not come with ESO Update 26 and Greymoor is French voice-overs. Zenimax has been unable to record the French voice artists because of the lockdown in France. So, when the new update launches, there will only be English voice-overs. However, there will still be French text and subtitles.
Firor says it usually takes between two and three months to record and update the game with new voice-overs. But with no word as to when the lockdown in France will be lifted, the team has no idea when they will be able to perform the recordings.
“These are trying times for all of us, and we are doing everything we can to stay on track,” said Firor as he wrapped up the announcement. “Please stay safe and healthy and enjoy getting away from your daily life for a bit by adventuring in ESO – and wash your damn hands.”
Hear, hear. While The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor chapter may have been delayed, ESO is currently free-to-play, including the Greymoor prologue. You can download it through Steam (not recommended) or from the game’s website.