Now, The Elder Scrolls Online’s loading screen is often a theatre curtain. Behind it, the Clockwork City is unpacking – the set and props on the game’s newest place becoming laid out, piece by piece. It can be tempting to consider the city whirring into being inside the identical fashion as Game of Thrones’ opening credits.
To become precise: the entrance to this hidden city does indeed lie underground, inside a vault beneath Mournhold, Morrowind. But that entrance is less a doorway and more a sort of high fantasy snow globe. To enter will be to be magically shrunk to match its tiny glass dome. Or to grow to be part of a “metaphor created manifest,” to quote lead content material designer Jeremy Sera. To be very honest, nobody seems 100% clear on what or where the Clockwork City is.
ZeniMax have provided existing ESO Gold players a good amount of motives to come right here. Roughly the size on the Dark Brotherhood’s Gold Coast, with a storyline to match, the Clockwork City is home to the game’s initially ‘mini-trial’ – a slightly friendlier version of ESO’s hours-long, 12-player endgame challenges. Possibly most alluring to veterans is the new transmutation method: a way of permanently altering the traits of one’s products. And it just so happens that there is a transmute station in the bowels on the Brass Fortress, the Clockwork City’s urban centre.
The Brass Fortress isn’t exactly where we commence, however. Instead, I join Tuttle and Sera within the Radius. Right after stepping out of a Wayshrine encased in cogs, there is certainly little within the way of clockwork in the city outskirts. But giant turbines turn inside the distance. And there, around the horizon, could be the tower in the Clockwork Basilica – itself resembling a spiralling piece of cogwork.
Even the sky is mechanical – a celestial dome with gigantic metal parts ticking across its surface. Stare as well long and it feels as in case you could possibly be seeking out from behind the face of a watch.
What sticks with you is the magnitude and meticulousness in the undertaking. In the 70-odd new books written on steel plates that rotate hypnotically inside the Hall of Refined Strategies, towards the every day MMO furniture that ESO’s artists have recast all in metal – barrels, crates, tables, tents – the Clockwork City is an absurd notion made real. You must wonder if ZeniMax possess a small Sotha Sil in them also.
The Clockwork City DLC is available now in-game by means of The Elder Scrolls Online‘s Crown Shop.