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Elder Scrolls Online blog post discusses future content, director doesn’t agree with negative reviews

Thursday, 1st May 2014 13:04 GMT By Dave Cook

The Elder Scrolls Online is approaching its four-week milestone, and to celebrate, Zenimax Online Studios game director Matt Firor has penned a blog discussing what lies ahead for the MMO.

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Over on the blog, Firor posted a bullet-point overview of what’s coming in TESO’s Craglorn update:

  • Craglorn, the first Adventure Zone, specifically created for groups of Veteran Rank 1 and above characters
  • Trials, which are 12-player “raid”-type instances for Veteran Rank characters, featuring completion time leaderboards
  • Death recap: you can now see who killed you and what ability they were using. This is invaluable information in dungeons, PvP, and Craglorn
  • Underdog bonuses in Cyrodiil—you’ll get more Alliance Points and XP while fighting for an alliance with a lower population in your campaign
  • Animation tweaks and polish
  • Combat ability balance changes and fixes
  • Class ability tweaks and updates
  • Content bug fixes, especially edge cases where quests could become de-synced
  • And much, much more—check out the final patch notes when they are posted in the forums

On The Elder Scrolls online reviews, Firor stated, “While I obviously don’t agree with the more negative articles, the reviews are out there, and we read them to determine if there are legitimate complaints that we should address.”

He added that the team is looking to address complaints, which he says have largely come from bugs. Some of the negativity in reviews comes from bugs.

“As you can see,” he went on, “we’re hard at work addressing them and will keep rolling out fixes. The important thing for you, the community, to know is that we’re looking at ALL the feedback (from critics and from players), we’re addressing any shortcomings, and we’ll continue to do so. This game will get better and better every week.”

On the road ahead, Firor posted a list of new content and features coming to the MMO in due course:

  • A system that allows grouped players to see each other even when they’re in different phases
  • A justice system—steal from and kill NPCs and deal with the consequences if you are caught
  • Migration of European Megaserver to our European datacenter.
  • Field of View (FOV) adjustment
  • Armor dyeing and tinting
  • Two new Veteran Dungeons: Crypt of Hearts and City of Ash
  • New region of Craglorn with a new Trial (the Serpent)
  • Increased ability to pick up items in the world
  • Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood storyline and quests.
  • Spellcrafting
  • Horse Racing
  • Dragonstar Arena—similar to Trials, but built for a group of four
  • Improvements to fishing
  • Crafting system improvements
  • Improved Looking for Group system
  • Better NPC facial animations
  • Guild functionality updates: guild store interface updates, customizable guild insignias, tabards, and guild ranks, and Guild Kiosks—guild stores open to everyone that are available to the highest-bidding guild.
  • Auto-leveling dungeons that level to your group leader
  • Awards when you repeat dungeons
  • Imperial City PvP dungeon

As a show of gratitude, and to make-up for any disruption caused by TESO bugs, Firor confirmed that everyone who set up a game account before 8pm EDT on Thursday May 1st will receive five free days of game time for their patience. Details are here.

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4 Comments

  1. NocturnalB

    I’ve been withholding my judgement, especially any negative judgement until I got my hands on it first. Now, I’m starting not to. How many others here have attempted the 30 day “free” trial, only to realize they force you into setting up a subscription, as well as charging an upfront $15 fee to your bank, I’m assuming as some sort of collateral?

    I could have even let the forced set up slide, but an up front charge for something advertised as “free”?

    Perhaps this is an attempt to deter spam bots and the like, but it sure as hell is working on me too.

    #1 8 months ago
  2. Hcw87

    There is no charge. Set up your sub, then immediately cancel. You won’t pay any more than what you paid for the initial game, and you can play for 30 days.

    #2 8 months ago
  3. Darkfield

    @Hcw87 Yes in some places in the world that is not possible due to trade sanctions which practically means I am robbed of my 30 days free game time until I get a game time card which on principle I wont. Screw them.

    #3 8 months ago
  4. fearmonkey

    The game isnt perfect but I have really enjoyed it. it’s a bit frustrating in parts and the bugs are annoying, though they are getting less and less noticeable as the game improves. If you like fantasy MMO’s, this is a good game. If you want Skyrim with multiplayer, this isnt it. If you want a Skyrim MMO, this isnt it. I love the story quests and the way it caters to people who like to solo most of the time.

    #4 8 months ago

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