Elder Scrolls Online reveal event delayed to avoid clash with presidential inauguration

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During the Game Awards last year we got to see a teaser of the year-long adventure that will play out across The Elder Scrolls Online (opens in new tab) in 2021. It's called Gates of Oblivion, and it sure looks like the big angry Daedric Prince called Mehrunes Dagon is up to no good. A global reveal event was announced for January 21, but today Bethesda and ZeniMax Online announced that (opens in new tab), "Due to Inauguration Day in the United States falling on Jan. 20, we are moving our Global Reveal Event for Gates of Oblivion from Thursday, Jan. 21 to Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 5PM EST/10PM GMT."

The event will be broadcast on Bethesda's Twitch channel (opens in new tab), and will feature ESO's Creative Director Rich Lambert and other members of the development team talking about the various new systems, adventures, and worlds that will be part of Gates of Oblivion. Players with linked Bethesda accounts can get a free dragon frog pet for tuning in.

When asked on Twitter why the event needed to be moved, the official ESO account replied (opens in new tab), "Given recent events, we are opting to play it safe. We have players all over the world, but the majority of our employees live and work near the capital."

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.