The Elder Scrolls Online: 2021 recap and plans for 2022

To mark the end of 2021, The Elder Scrolls Online starts New Life Festival, and ZeniMax Online Studios director Matt Firor summed up the outgoing year for ESO and outlined what lay beyond in 2022.

The Elder Scrolls Online: what is next?

To begin with, in 2020, The Elder Scrolls Online had some bumpy patches, with stability issues and promises to refresh the hardware in 2021. Thankfully, this year has been more or less successful, with quarterly content updates and an exciting storyline that has brought everyone back to Oblivion, but 2021 was still a challenging year for many. This prompted the creators’ team to make some adjustments for 2022.

Matt Firor says that content planning for the year ahead will focus less on the “end of the world” plots and return to the conflicts at the heart of The Elder Scrolls, such as political intrigue and feuds between factions. It is also planned to pay more attention to one of the playable races, which has not yet received appropriate representation in the game. However, that reveal won’t happen until next month during the traditional January reveal show. Nevertheless, the quarterly content updates remain a plan. The main goal is performing stability fixes and working on promised hardware upgrades in data centres in the EU and North America.

As for data refreshes and updates, it is not surprising that ZeniMax also felt a shortage of global resources. Some of their hardware orders have been delayed for a whole year, while most were late for several months. Anyway, the work continues, but the finish line has been pushed back.

In conclusion, Firor acknowledges that ZeniMax Online employees have worked at very high efficiency and productivity for the past seven years since The Elder Scrolls Online launch. And while development will continue in the virtual world in which many people have found solace during the pandemic, he promises that there will be increased flexibility and focused efforts.

It is worth noting that before the onset of 2022, the New Life Festival will begin on December 16 and will last until January 4. Players will have access to an additional quest in the Crown Store and access to daily searches for recipes and collectable items in gift boxes. The outgoing year has brought several new things, including a PowderWhite Coney pet end, a new random page for the Nord carved armour style.

What to expect from the New Life Festival?

As for the New Life festival, which begins December 16 at 10 AM EST and continues until January 4 at 10 AM EST, players will enjoy bonus XP and unique rewards during the event.

First, you need to meet with the New Life Herald Breda, which can be found south of the city of Windhelm, Eastmarch.

After the intro quest is completed, you will gain access to 10 special daily quests from Breda and the last of them from Petronius Galenus.

In addition, the intro quest completion grants players Breda’s Bottomless Mead Mug collectable, which provides a two-hour 100% boost to XP gains when consumed.

Note that XP boosts are available throughout the New Life Festival stacks with other XP bonuses.

Elder scrolls online Breda


Each daily event quest you complete will bring a New Life Festival Gift Box as a reward.

Upon gift box reception, players have a chance to obtain some of these items:

  • Skinchanger Motif chapters
  • New Life recipes
  • New Life collectables (packaged in Runeboxes and tradeable):
    • Sword-Swallower’s Blade memento
    • Juggler’s Knives memento
    • Fire-Breather’s Torches memento
    • Mud Ball Pouch memento
    • Nordic Bather’s Towel costume
    • Colovian Filigreed Hood hat
    • Colovian Fur Hood hat
    • Snowball Buddy pet
    • New Powderwhite Coney pet
    • New random page for the Nord Carved Armour style

Even if that is not enough, you will have an additional chance to acquire one of two types of Charity Writs when a gift box is opened:

  • Deep Winter Charity Writs – Complete to unlock Skaal Explorer outfit style pages.
  • Imperial Charity Writs – Complete to unlock pages from the Rkindaleft Dwarven Weapon Style.

Moreover, to unlock the “Newly Charitable” achievement and Crystalfrost skin, you should complete any 12 of the mentioned Charity Writs.

Event Tickets

Finally, the first time you complete a New Life Festival daily quest, you’ll receive three Event Tickets, which results in earning up to 60 Event Tickets in total. In turn, these tickets will provide you with a chance to get the following items from the Impresario event vendor:

  • All three Unstable Morpholith pet fragments
    • Deadlands Flint, Rune-Etched Striker, and Smoldering Bloodgrass Tinder
  • All Deadlands Scorcher skin fragments
    • Rune-Scribed Daedra Hide, Rune-Scribed Daedra Sleeve, and Rune-Scribed Daedra Veil
  • All Deadlands Firewalker personality fragments
    • Vial of Bubbling Daedric Brew, Vial of Scalding Daedric Brew, and Vial of Simmering Daedric Brew
  • All Dagonic Quasigriff mount fragments
    • Smoke-Wreathed Gryphon Feather, Black Iron Bit and Bridle, and Black Iron Stirrups
  • All Doomchar Plateau house fragments
    • Scorching Pillar, Searing Column, Molten Key, Profane Pedestal, and Unholy Tablet
  • Bound style pages for the Nord Carved Armor outfit style
  • The Powderwhite Coney pet
  • Group Repair Kits

The Elder Scrolls Online developers note that they are bringing back the pieces from this year’s quarterly event rewards for those who might have missed some.

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