ESO Gates of Oblivion: Release date, Blackwood, trailers & pre-orders

Published: 27/Jan/2021 12:54 Updated: 12/Feb/2021 15:11

by Andrew Amos


Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) is set to get its next chapter, Gates of Oblivion, sometime in 2021. After being revealed at The Game Awards, not much is known about the expansion ⁠— but there are some key details.

Elder Scrolls Online’s yearly chapter for 2021 is on its way. Players are still exploring the Greymoor chapter, going through the new Western Skyrim and Greymoor Caverns.

However, the Gates of Oblivion have been revealed, and it’s got the playerbase hungry for new content. Missed the reveal, or just want to know more details? We’ve got you covered.

Elder Scrolls Online Gates of Oblivion trailer screenshot
The Gates of Oblivion are about to be opened in ESO.

ESO Gates of Oblivion release date

We now know that main content drop of Gates of Oblivion, Blackwood, will be released to fans playing on PC, Mac, and Stadia on June 1, 2021. Last-gen PS4 and Xbox One console owners will have to wait a few days later, releasing on June 8.

Fans will be undoubtedly excited to see how iconic locations featured in Oblivion will look in this new content drop. Prior to this, players will see the Flames of Ambition DLC dropping earlier in March 2021 that kick-starts the storyline, and provides players with a glimpse into what can be expected throughout the year.

Gates of Oblivion DLC release dates

Spanning a year, Gates of Oblivion will provide players with multiple content drops. These are:

  • Flames of Ambition (March 8 for PC, Mac, and Stadia/March 16 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4)
  • Blackwood (June 1 for PC, Mac, and Stadia/June 8 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4)
  • Unannounced Q3 DLC dungeon pack (date TBD)
  • Unannounced Q4 DLC story zone (date TBD)

ESO Gates of Oblivion trailers

Trailer 1

The one-minute trailer revealed at the Game Awards in December 2020 didn’t reveal much about the Gates of Oblivion chapter. However, there’s more than enough to go off of.

The trailer shows a wood elf having a fiery nightmare, with a book looking to be the source of these visions. It’s laying pretty heavy on the hell theme, and that can only mean one thing in Tamriel: diving into the Oblivion.

Trailer 2

At the Global Reveal event hosted on January 26, 2021, we got an extended look through a three-minute cinematic trailer that further sets the mood and tone of the expansion, continuing the theme of hell and despair, complete with growling grizzlies and robed cultists.

Featuring an epic battle between Wood Elves, Argonians, and Dunmers against the cultists before venturing into the Oblivion realm, players are surely set for a treat.

ESO Gates of Oblivion 2021 global reveal event

In a two-hour-long event that covered the upcoming expansion and gave viewers a glimpse into a behind-the-scenes look at the development process, we also got a look at some sneak-peak gameplay that provided players with a look into the two dungeons arriving in update 29.

ESO Gates of Oblivion gameplay: new region, more

The expansion is named after the fourth Elder Scrolls release, which dropped back in 2006. Following the reveal event, an official blog post from the team further indicated what players can expect with the release.

“In the Gates of Oblivion adventure, you can explore a new storyline told throughout all of ESO’s 2021 content releases… in this year-long saga, you will unravel the ambitions and schemes of the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon 800 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.”

In June’s content drop, Blackwood, players will experience over 30 hours of story content in a brand new zone that will take players on a thrilling journey that showcases a “diverse culture of the Argonians [that] meets with Imperial ambitions”.

Overcome with Daedra, evil encompasses this land of mixed cultures that requires aid from your heroism in landmarks such as the fan-favorite City of Leyawiin that was previously featured in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

The Elder Scrolls: Blackwood pre-order editions

ESO Gates of Oblivion Blackwood pre order editions
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Two pre-order editions will provide players with a plethora of fantastic content.

Depending on your personal needs, there are technically four editions available; two of which are recommended towards returning players, while the other two are targeted at newcomers to the MMO. Pre-purchasing Blackwood right now will net you unique rewards at launch, also providing immediate access to the Nagahide Welwa Ravager mount. Players who pre-purchase before March 17, 2021 will also receive the cute and fiery Nightmare Bear Cub pet.

We’ve broken down what’s included in these editions below:

Returning players

  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood Upgrade – Includes just the Blackwood upgrade alongside the goodies mentioned above.
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood Upgrade Collector’s Edition – Includes the Blackwood upgrade, bonuses mentioned above, and the Battlefield Nightmare Senche mount, Jewel Feathered Sep Adder pet, Temporal Grimoire memento, Deadlands Gladiator Outfit Style, and the Offer Weapon emote.

New players

  • The Elder Scrolls Online Collection: Blackwood – ESO base game and all previous content chapters alongside the Blackwood chapter, including the goodies listed above.
  • The Elder Scrolls Online Collection: Blackwood CE – ESO base game, all previous content chapters alongside the Blackwood chapter, including the goodies listed above, and the Battlefield Nightmare Senche mount, Jewel Feathered Sep Adder pet, Temporal Grimoire memento, Deadlands Gladiator Outfit Style, and the Offer Weapon emote.

Where to bathe in the Purple Pool for Fortnite Week 13 challenge

Published: 25/Feb/2021 13:25

by Daniel Megarry


One of Fortnite’s Season 5 Week 13 challenges requires players to bathe in the Purple Pool at Steamy Stacks. If you’re struggling to find it, we’ve got the location right here.

A new set of weekly challenges has launched in Epic Games’ hit battle royale Fortnite, loosely themed around the Zero Point. Most of them are self-explanatory, like dealing Pistol damage or throwing fruit at Hunter’s Haven.

Others require some prior knowledge or serious exploring to complete, like the location-based challenge to scan a server at a Surface Hub, which might confuse some players who don’t know what a Surface Hub is.

Another Week 13 quest that’s a little difficult this week requires you to bathe in a Purple Pool at Steamy Stacks. While finding Steamy Stacks is easy, locating the Purple Pool itself might be a little more difficult.

Fortnite Purple Pool location

Fortnite Kevolution Energy
Epic Games
You’ll find the Purple Pool inside the Kevolution Energy building.

As the challenge title suggests, you’ll find the Purple Pool at Steamy Stacks. This is the named POI at the northeast of the Fortnite map. We’d recommend heading here straight away as it usually gets consumed by the Storm pretty early on.

Once you land, enter the main Kevolution Energy building. Walk through the door to your left, and then open the oval metal door to your right. You’ll know it’s the correct door because it has a wheel handle on it.

You should emerge in a large room that has a body of water in the middle. This is the Purple Pool that you need to bathe in. Simply jump into the water and you’ll tick off the Fortnite Week 13 challenge, earning 20,000 XP in the process.

How to bathe in the Purple Pool at Steamy Stacks:

  1. Exit the Battle Bus and land at Steamy Stacks.
  2. Enter the Kevolution Energy building from the front entrance.
  3. Go through the left door.
  4. Go through the door immediately on your right.
  5. Jump into the Purple Pool.

As we mentioned before, Steamy Stacks often gets consumed by the Storm early on in a match. Not only this, but the location will likely be swarming with other Fortnite players who are also trying to complete the challenge.

Fortnite Purple Pool
Epic Games
Here’s the Purple Pool you need to bathe in.

Because of this, we’d recommend landing here straight away, completing the challenge, and getting out of the building fast. If you’re late to the area, stock up on weapons first for the fights you’ll inevitably have.

If you need to earn more XP to max out your Battle Pass and unlock those rare enlightened skins, make sure you check out our complete Fortnite Week 13 challenge guide.