Elder Scrolls Online: Deadlands Zone Most Ambitious Yet

October 26, 2021

Deadlands Zone

We’re just a few days away from the conclusion of the year-long Gates of Oblivion story with the Elder Scrolls Online: Deadlands expansion arriving on November 1st, so today we thought we’d take an in-depth look at the new Deadlands zone – Mehrunes Dagon’s very own realm.

Read Rocket Chainsaw’s review of this year’s main story expansion The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood

The new Deadlands zone is filled with mysteries and dangers including new delves and world bosses as well as new memorable characters, quests and most importantly, amazing locations to explore. In fact, we’re willing to say that the new Deadlands zone looks like it’s the most ambitious Elder Scrolls Online zone yet.

Deadlands Zone

Firstly, we wanted to pull back the curtain on this place that we had previously only seen glimpses of across the Gates of Oblivion storyline and in earlier ESO content,” explains Tom Murphy, Deadland’s Zone Lead. “Secondly, we wanted to pay homage to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and earlier Elder Scrolls titles, and finally, we wanted to lay the groundwork in the zone’s stories, characters, and setting to make sure players felt the tension building before facing the Prince of Destruction.

The Deadlands zone will conclude the epic Gates of Oblivion storyline which has seen us travel to Blackwood to uncover a Daedric plot between The Longhouse Emperors and Mehrunes Dagon. Now players will travel to the Realm of Dagon to take on the Prince of Destruction himself!

Check out this cool 360 degree view of just a small part of the new Elder Scrolls Online: Deadlands zone:

We spent a fair amount of time attempting to rediscover the Deadland’s traditional look and feel for ESO,” says CJ Grebb, ESO’s Art Director. “And when we hit that balance between making it recognizable to TES IV: Oblivion fans yet updated and interesting, we thought we were through the crucible. However, we then decided we wanted another hellscape—one that would feel appropriate and make sense as being directly adjacent to the Deadlands we know from Oblivion.”

Expect to be surprised around every corner in Deadlands with a bustling new city called Fargrave as well as its own unique variety of unusual monsters such as the Infernium.

The Infernium is an awesome new enemy specific to the Deadlands,” says Grebb. “The initial idea was to create a creature that served as the living inspiration for the incredible Siege Walkers we will eventually meet during the Oblivion crisis. Their circular saw-like mouths and extending inner jaws turned out even more disturbing than we had originally intended, and creating something that has a direct connection to the larger history of The Elder Scrolls is always fun.

The Elder Scrolls: Deadlands DLC launches on November 1st, 2021 on Windows PC and on consoles two weeks later on November 16. Stay tuned to Rocket Chainsaw for a full review at launch, and for more information check out the official Deadlands zone website.