We are a few days into the first week of the new public test server cycle for the next ESO DLC, Firesong. While for most players a new PTS cycle is full of excitement due to the new things to come a few players have encountered something less than while exploring the Systres Isles. As Twitter user @NaemonAldmeri has pointed out during a quest there is some implication of sexual assault. Below are some screenshots of their posts and the in-game dialogue:
While there seems to be some clear disgust and shock to something like this being in the game, mature and serious themes are nothing new to ESO. Even something as dark as sexual assault has been present as far back as base game ESO on release. There is a quest in Stonefalls where the player character helps a Dunmer woman save her mother from dying of poisoning at the hands of a Convenant captain. Dialogue in the image below:
While The Elder Scrolls have years of experience in story telling with a focus on realism and attention to detail do topics like this have a place in their games? Is it necessary to the story or character development? Is it possible to have the same or similar experience without?