Now might be the perfect time for a sojourn in Skyrim, you might think, but perhaps you've played The Elder Scrolls 5 so many times now that revisiting it is like seeing the code of The Matrix but less empowering. Soon, though, Elder Scrolls Online will open up Skyrim in a different era with the Greymoor expansion, and despite a massive adjustment to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, it looks like you'll only need to wait a bit longer.
Matt Firor, game director on Elder Scrolls Online, posted a new update today regarding Greymoor's impending release. "As you probably know, in response to the current pandemic, everyone at [Zenimax Online Studios] has been working from home since March 16," writes Firor. "This is the first time we've ever tried remote work as a studio, and so far things are going well."
Back in January, Zenimax Online announced that Greymoor would come out for PC and Mac on May 18, with a release on consoles a few weeks later on June 2. Right now, it looks like the official release of Greymoor will be pushed back "about a week." The developers are targeting an Public Test Server deployment of Greymoor and its accompanying game-wide update for April 20.
As a result of the work lockdown in France, Firor warns that Greymoor will launch without French voice-over for new content. Zenimax Online will launch the update with French subtitles and plans to add the voice-over later on, but can't give an estimated date given the uncertainties of the pandemic.
USG's Reviews Editor Mike Williams recently got an early look at Greymoor's take on Western Skyrim, which rolls its peaks and valleys back to a time about 1,000 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls 5. Mike notes that while the the surface of Skyrim may be a bit overly boring to players at this point, Greymoor's visual showstopper is shaping up to be the underground Blackreach—a moody, fitting locale for story beats in this year's Dark Heart of Skyrim ESO storyline.
Firor closes his statement with friendly words for ESO players and an appeal to public health: "Please stay safe and healthy and enjoy getting away from your daily life for a bit by adventuring in ESO—and wash your damn hands."