The next Chapter for The Elder Scrolls Online is Greymoor, and it was initially scheduled to launch May 18 on PC. But the release date is getting a temporary delay, as the game’s developers adjust to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic – and some localisation efforts are on hold for much longer.
“Everyone at ZOS has been working from home since March 16,” game director Matt Firor says in the announcement. “This is the first time we’ve ever tried remote work as a studio, and so far things are going well. It looks like we’ll be able to ship Update 26 (with the Greymoor Chapter) about a week after we initially planned it.”
That delay puts the Greymoor release at May 25 on PC, and June 9 on consoles. The PTS update is still scheduled to launch on April 20, so test players will still get an early look at the new content for the MMORPG. Firor says the studio will provide further updates if “unexpected problems” lead to further delays for the launch.
Because of the work lockdown in France, the update will ship without French voiceover – French text and subtitles will still be there, but dialogue will be in English. “As there are no plans yet to re-open French recording studios, we don’t know when French VO will be ready. Please note that in normal conditions it takes 2-3 months to record and update the game with VO for a Chapter.”
Additionally, Firor says “wash your damn hands”. Inspirational advice for us all.
We got a closer look at Greymoor gameplay recently – you can follow that link for a breakdown of what to expect.