Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor Opening Harkens Back To Skyrim

Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor Opening Harkens Back To Skyrim
Gif: Bethesda, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK5t5RWUB5w">YouTube</a>

The next year of The Elder Scrolls Online aims to take players back to “the dark heart of Skyrim” via several expansions set in the icy region. The latest stop on the itinerary, Greymoor, released yesterday for folks on PC and Mac, introducing a new questline, updates to the Vampire skill line, and, most importantly, an intro cinematic that should be familiar to anyone who’s ever played Skyrim.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim remains one of my favourite games of all time, but back in 2011, I never imagined its opening would become a pervasive internet meme. And yet, over the last few years, online jokesters have inserted those first few moments into otherwise unrelated videos as a new sort of Rickroll. While you may not be entering Skyrim as a prisoner this time around, Greymoor pays homage to Skyrim’s iconic prelude during its own introduction.

“Hey, you’re finally awake!” the wagon driver announces. “We just crossed the border.”

As your vision clears, you realise you’re travelling through snowy, mountainous woods. A man sits on the opposite bench, eyeing you warily before returning to his book. After a bit of table-setting exposition, the camera floats away to present sweeping vistas of the imposing Skyrim landscape in which I often found myself getting lost so many years ago.

I’m not an Elder Scrolls Online player. It never really clicked for me. But something about seeing the snow-capped peaks and evergreen shrubbery of Skyrim rendered so beautifully by modern graphics makes me want to give it another try. But who am I kidding, we all know I’ll probably just fish out my old copy of Skyrim and begin yet another adventure there instead.


  • Ugh. That’s a pretty intro. Almost enough to tempt me to try playing it again… almost. It’s still an MMO. It’s still MP-focused, and you can’t play the One True Elder Scrolls Path: The always one-shotting silent assassin stealth archer.

    • That and the servers are terribly optimised for Aussie/ Pacific players. The lag between ability inputs just turns me off this game completely unfortunately as it is a pretty decent game.

  • honestly feels weird to see ‘Harkens back’. then I realise that skyrim was released in 2011… Skyrim is without a doubt the game with the highest playtime I have. mods helped that. also the whole migrating from playstation to PC for them. then the hd edition which helped because of the instability of OG skyrim with mods.

    Played for years. still go back every now and again. still on occasion find something new. it’s I suppose one of the few games that defined my teen years. a game released that I could more fully appreciate for the first time. Played many awesome older games but, the first time around I was a kid that just didn’t get it. context. tried to run and gun metal gear solid as a kid. tells you how easy games clicked for me at that age.

    • That is the feeling I have with Morrowind, except now I have no where near enough time to sink into games as I did back when I was a teen lol. So many great memories though playing Skyrim and just appreciating it for what it was.

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