Matt Firor says Elder Scrolls Online’s ‘population is huge and thriving’

    
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ZeniMax Online’s Matt Firor has addressed The Elder Scrolls Online playerbase on the occasion of its second anniversary with a bundle of screenshots from his own character’s journey through Tamriel.

“Over the last year, we have grown our family by leaps and bounds,” he writes. “We launched the console versions of ESO, which opened the game up to millions more new players. We added three DLCs’ worth of content, allowing players to explore the Imperial City, Wrothgar, and Hew’s Bane. And we will continue to make the game better every day. Our population is huge and thriving, and we are happy to share our enthusiasm and nostalgia with you.”

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BrianRosnick
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JeremiahWagner blackcat7k 96% of the sales for the game since release and today aren’t purchased through Steam. This isn’t accounting for console releases either.

The game has and continues to do really well. I just came back after playing with games like BDO, FF14 etc. Those games just lacked so much I had in ESO which did everything so well.

Now after 6 months of being gone I’m back and will likely P2P for the forseeable future. 

You can’t compare a game that’s not really played through Steam with games that are almost entirely through steam. That figure is pointless.

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Karl_Hungus SallyBowls1 JeremiahWagner blackcat7k Guild Wars 2 and WIldstar could claim accounts are active just by logging in for 2 minutes to click the claim daily rewards, same as Lotrs Online, Lolz. Yeah, “Active” is just a buzz word and nothing more.

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Cyroselle Yes if you want to be anal-retentive that is what I meant, the Steam launch of ESO, not the launch of Steam.

SteveFury
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Not surewhy this game got a bad rep. Just started playing and its easily one of the best mmos out there right now. Nothing beats it in terms of questing. Its incredibly refreshing.

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WandaClamshuckr Line with more hugs
Pretty much all quests (since there is not much dialogue, and even less other types of quests like TSW) revolve around “talk to 5 people”, “kill 5 bandits to find notes”, “go to the forest to free 5 villagers” and “kill [Named boss]”.
Not like it’s badly done, but the writting is nowhere close to an Elder Scrolls games, and it’s a bunch of busywork in multi-step quests.

Oh, you also get a couple of choices once in a while. It changes the skin of the final questgiver offering the reward.

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Radfist mysecretid Damonvile WandaClamshuckr Line with more hugs There aren’t that many different plots in stories, but that doesn’t mean how they’re told isn’t important. There are lots of kill 10x quests in eso, there just isn’t any that actually tell you go collect 10 rats and return to me…..that I’ve seen. All the kill quests are hidden behind a story, the way it should be done.

And I envy any man that can stay hidden from his wife for weeks while only being 50m away the whole time :)

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Two things. 

First: I don’t believe him; Second: even if true, doesn’t make me want to play.

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breetoplay Zariarn 
I believe Zenimax is not a publicly traded company so yeah their PR has always been more fluff than substance. But then again, I take everything any company says with a grain of salt, even when they release numbers. Corporations employ an entire department of people dedicated to controlling the narrative to manipulate the public perception of their brand. Even when they’re obviously in an economic free fall, they’re trying to put a positive spin on it. 
Having been actively playing ESO, I can say that the population does feel “huge and thriving” but when there’s one server for the entire continent of North America, and the Aussies play on that server too, it’s easy for it to feel that way. It is completely without context or comparison as you say. My sex life is “huge and thriving” too… compared to a goldfish maybe lol

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Jack Pipsam Karl_Hungus WoOpin 
The console war really just boils down to a school cafeteria argument, boys eating lunch while yelling at each other. We did it with Sega and Nintendo. We’re doing it with PlayStation and Xbox. But it’s also not that simple these days because the investment is now $400 when it used to be $150. Smart shoppers are going to want to invest that kind of money into the better product. When your TV is 1080p resolution, why would you buy a 720p console when you can buy a 1080p console for the same price? In the end though, you’re right about the fun. As long as you’re having fun, it doesn’t matter which company sold more units.

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Zariarn Bethsoft has a bit of a history when it comes to lying to press and players. I tend not to put much stock into fluff like this without numbers.
That said, I also don’t think ESO is doing poorly, only that “huge and thriving” is completely without context or comparison and means literally nothing.