A teaser trailer revealing the Gates of Oblivion expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online premiered at The Game Awards, which took place last year. In the teaser, a young wood elf lies sleeping next to a book that, upon being touched, reveals the conjuration symbol on its cover. This symbol is also from the cover of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
Voices start to creep in and visions materialize of a monstrous Daedra. Upon seeing the Daedra, the wood elf wakes up and the trailer cuts to reveal the expansion title. After showing the title, the trailer informs the viewer of a global reveal event that was originally scheduled to take place on January 21, 2021.
The publisher has recently made it clear that the event will now be delayed until January 26, 2021 due to January 20th being Inauguration Day in the United States. Bethesda made this public announcement in a tweet from the official Twitter page for The Elder Scrolls Online.
After the events that took place at the US Capitol building on January 6th, threats began to emerge warning of similar conflicts being planned for the inauguration of Joe Biden. Although there are planned to be thousands of troops to stand in as security during the Presidential inauguration, Bethesda decided to play it safe considering that their parent company, Zenimax, has its headquarters located in Washington D.C.
Not only that, but Bethesda made it known that a majority of its employees live and work in close proximity to the Capitol building. It is apparent that Bethesda is looking out for the safety of its own employees by moving the date of the global reveal event and the gaming community sees it as a completely acceptable move. It is better to be safe than sorry.
The reveal event will be broadcasted on Bethesda’s Twitch with conversations featuring the developers and some of the higher ups from Bethesda. Little is known about the expansion outside of the obvious connection to Oblivion, but it is safe to say that it will be a great experience for the fans. Since its debut in 2014, The Elder Scrolls Online received great reception from fans for providing content that elaborated on some of the main entries in the Elder Scrolls franchise including, most notably Morrowind and Skyrim.
Pushing the date back for the reveal event will allow fans to build up more of their excitement before seeing how the popular MMO will introduce the Gates of Oblivion.