Elder Scrolls Online’s Earthtear Cavern home will be buyable next week

    
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Fans of The Elder Scrolls Online’s Homestead housing will probably want to take a peek at the coming-soon announcement for the cash shop, which finally includes Earthtear Cavern, which was buyable in beta and tourable on live but wasn’t purchaseable. It looks like it’s going live on March 9th.

“You want privacy? What could be more private than lost and forgotten Nedic ruins in a remote corner of Craglorn’s backcountry? It even includes some Redguard touches from later occupants—but once you move in, it’s all yours to decorate in whatever cultural fashion you please!”

There are also several new “multicultural” furniture packs in Redguard and Khajiit style intended for Earthtear’s open spaces.

Meanwhile, over in lockbox land, the Storm Atronach crates have been retired and replaced with new lockboxes that contain another round of truly gorgeous mounts you’ll have to gamble for or admire from afar; expect Wild Hunt-themed, dark-druidy versions of the basic mounts.

We took a peek at Earthtear during a stream a few weeks ago:

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Jeff

I think the biggest issue ESO has right now is an enviable one, people are flocking to the game in droves and the servers just can’t keep up, the downtimes lately are pretty significant.

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wayshuba

While I love ESO, the housing still needs some adjustments to really be worth the time and expense.

First, the Crown Store pricing for a digital house is off the charts. I understand a business has to make money, but if you price you housing so high that maybe 2% of the player base will purchase one you it is too much. Rather have it be less expensive and more people purchase than too high and too few people.

Second, the housing in ESO currently, beyond a free port, has too little utility. The crafting stations and training dummies require a ludicrous grind to obtain. It is housing, not end game gear. Furthermore, if they added a housing chest with a certain amount of slots (maybe 60 for the small homes, 90 for the next tier and 120 for the mansions) that was an inventory extension for each character (not a guild bank), that came with the house purchase – you may have something of value.

For me, who generally loves player housing, I decided the way it is right now to stick with the free inn room I got and leave it at that. At least until they decide to adjust the housing system to be more reasonable and worthwhile.

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Tandor

I’m loving the housing, but I quite understand that some players don’t get what housing is all about and so it’s fine that it’s not for them. Heck, the crown crates aren’t for me either but I like the fact that they’re there for those who want them and both housing and crown crates are providing revenue to the developers which is a good thing in itself.

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Armsbend

The corwn crates really make me think twice about playing. March’s crown store offerings are like 6 things. Crown crates? Maybe 30 new cosmetic items.

God forbid the subs get a better choice or people can just buy what they want.

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Arktouros

Not a fan of the Wild Hunt mounts. The bear one is especially disappointing.

Big hopes for the next crates tho. The mounts seem to be themed on the crate type (Antronarch crates, Wild Hunt Crates) and if you look at the Morrowind preorder there’s a “Dwarven Crown Crate” which to me means in 3 months when Morrowind hits we’ll rotate those in and hopefully we’ll see some Dwarven Themed mounts.

Now…hopefully it’s not the super cheesy “We glued on Dwarven bits and we’re calling it Dwarven” like they got going on with the dog but we’ll just have to see.

Housing remains and continues to be a disappointing and completely useless feature.

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Wanda Clamshuckr

I was hoping to take a tour of this one. I didn’t go on the PTS to check them out beforehand, so I’m interested in seeing how cave-like it is in person. On the video above, the preview starts at 57:50.

Hmm, just watched the video blurb. Seems more open-air concept than what I was imagining. I was wanting more subterranean, chambers, gloom and whatnot. Ah well. At least I just saved myself some money.

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agemyth 😩

I will be interested to see how housing artists can turn this into something that looks somehow appropriate for this open, wet, and ruined piece of land.

Multicultural furniture packs? Gosh why does everyone have to bring politics into games. /s

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Targeter

UGH SJWS INVADE ESO! (sarcasm, guys and gals!)

I bought a fully-furnished house (the one out in Reaper’s March, can’t remember the name; the middle-grade one? with the waterfall?) and while happy with the building, the furniture inside was … i dunno, suboptimal? I like the idea of multicultural furnishing packs so I can spruce up the place a bit for my Argonian.

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Armsbend

ESO has more lore politics than any other game I’ve played. They are borderline making real comments about their personal desires of current society.

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Dug From The Earth

Im in a guild of 75 active players. Most of us have agreed to donate a small amount (ie: a couple bucks) towards the guild leaders crown purchase of this amazing “guild hall”.

Well worth it, especially if you enjoy your guild.

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agemyth 😩

Yes, this seems much more like a guild hall than a personal living space.

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theblackmage75

I was satisfied with the content from the first round of lockboxes that I gambled on. But my gut reaction to the second one is to pass on what’s inside. On the one hand it seems like they did well to put even more costumes at the lower tiers of rewards; on the other hand only one or two is the least bit appealing to my eye.

Now my crowns are destined to pile up, unused like before.

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Armsbend

They really packed in a lot of useless scrolls on this one.

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camren_rooke

They also sunset the Storm Crates and rolled out Wild Hunt Crates as well.

Oh thats the last sentence.

*Radner* Nevermind.

Sadly, I think the crown crate stuff is probably going to push me away. Or at least make me stop subbing.

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Wanda Clamshuckr

I’m not a lockbox fan either, but why would you leave the game or unsub because of this? I mean, the only thing they put in them are discontinued items. It’s not like the newest, bestest motifs, mounts and housing options are buried in RNG shitboxes (unlike other MMOs).

I think they managed them fairly. Easily ignorable.

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camren_rooke

As a subscriber, I figure I’m letting ZOE know I’m in it for the long haul. I’m letting the devs know they have solid income from me.

As such I’d rather not be treated like a whale or those who play free.

I’d like for the devs to put a little more oomph in the sub price. At best, have the crown crate goodies show up in the crown store for subscribers, at worst, I’d like for nothing to be sunset for subscribers. Meaning, if the only way for me to get a storm atronach is to buy a crate and gamble, let subscribers have the option to buy storm crates all the time. Same for retired outfits.

Are they ignorable? Sure. But it a nagging psychological pressure that I don’t like or want. Why I don’t like gamble boxes at all.

It’s also one of many minor annoyances with Eso that I have run into.

The most recent being the crafting of 150 armor versus 160 armor and the jump in rubedite from 15 ingots for 150 to 150 ingots for 160. *boggle*

Gripefest off.

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BalsBigBrother

um woo hoo /sigh
(wish I could be more excited but yeah housing in ESO isn’t doing it for me at all)

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Yoshi Senpai

For 150 bucks it better blow my mind or other parts of me.