New Elder Scrolls Online Expansion Seemingly Sets The Stage For Romanceable Characters
Followers have long been a part of the Elder Scrolls franchise, allowing players to bring an AI companion alongside them to help in combat, keep them company, build relationships with, and even carry their burdens. The Elder Scrolls Online gives players a variety of support NPCs that can be called upon to help sell items in a shop, organize their bank, and more, though unfortunately, they don’t really do much else. Soon, however, the game will be introducing a lot of new content, including followers that will be able to travel with players and, as Bethesda suggests, will one day even be able to be romanced.
Bethesda recently revealed the first in-depth look at the next expansion set to hit the Elder Scrolls Online called Gates of Oblivion. While the year-long content takes players 800 years before the events of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion to stop the return of Mehrunes Dagon, the game will also feature a new companion system allowing players to interact and build relationships with NPCs. A recent interview with Game Informer, Creative Director Rich Lambert revealed that though players will be able to garner new friendships and grant access to new, special unlocks, Bethesda insisted they aren’t quite ready for fans to begin anything romantic at the moment. Still, it seems that further down the line the creators do want for that to be an option.
With these companions, they have their own likes and dislikes. You can go up one side and down the other side with your relationship to them. There is going to be something special that unlocks when you max out that relationship spectrum as well, though initially, romance won’t be a part of it.”
Currently, the developers have introduced fans to two followers for the Elder Scrolls Online: Gates of Oblivion named Bastian and Mirri. Both these characters can be unlocked after completing the appropriate quests and each storyline will progress as players progress their relationships with the two characters. Lambert described Bastian as “the son of a noble” who holds the demeanor of a “chivalrous knight” and somehow became the servant of a “rich sniveling idiot.” As time goes on players will delve into the character’s tragic history and who he is as a person. As a “a Dunmer thief,” Mirri sounds quite the opposite, featuring a “will stab you in the back” type of personality, though, not much else was explained other than that she has quite the interesting plot twist somewhere in her storyline.
The Elder Scrolls Online is currently available for PC, Xbox One, Google Stadia, and PlayStation 4 with releases onto the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S planned for sometime in the future. Let us know your thoughts on romancing characters in Elder Scrolls Online and more in the comments section below. As always, don’t forget to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter for 24/7 coverage of all things gaming and entertainment.
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