The Elder Scrolls: Blackwood

Five things you didn’t know about The Elder Scrolls

News 28/05/2021

The release of The Elder Scrolls Online Blackwood expansion pack is a perfect opportunity to gather some interesting facts about this renowned RPG series. Here are five things you probably didn’t know about The Elder Scrolls.

It wasn’t meant to be an RPG

The Elder Scrolls: Arena become something significantly different from its original concept. The game was meant to be more like a battle royal with teams of heroes dueling to emerge an ultimate champion. Through the development process, the importance of side quests rose remarkably. As a result, the game changed into an RPG. However, the subtitle stayed and became one of a few reminiscences of the initial plan. 

Daggerfall’s world is enormous

Despite the passing of time, The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall still holds the record for the largest open world in video games. Neither game has ever come close to its enormous 62,000 square miles (160 square kilometers). Daggerfall’s world is 5160 times bigger than the wild west featured in Red Dead Redemption 2 and only 18 square miles smaller than real-life Great Britain. It would take years to explore all of the 15,000 Daggerfall’s towns and meet its 750,000 inhabitants.

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The famous voices

Through the series, many Hollywood stars have voiced The Elder Scrolls’ characters. The Elder Scrolls Online features Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy, Alfred Molina, Michael Gambon, and legendary Malcolm McDowell, to name only a few.

Novels

While some video game series, such as Warcraft, have tons of books expanding their lore, The Elder Scrolls has only two novels. Both The Infernal City and Lord of Souls were written by Gregory Keyes. The novels follow the events set 40 years after Oblivion and 160 years before Skyrim.

People love Skyrim

Skyrim leads as the best-selling installment in the series. It sold approximately 30 mln copies which makes it among the top 20 best-selling video games ever. Moreover, some of the game’s elements made it to the mainstream. For instance, even people who had never played Skyrim know what happens to an adventurer when he takes an arrow in the knee. Furthermore, everyone loves The Dragonborn Comes song.

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