Elder Scrolls Online is turning three, and it brought us all cake

    
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The Elder Scrolls Online has come a really long way in three years, I think most of our readers will agree. That calls for a birthday party!

“To celebrate ESO’s three-year milestone from its initial launch, the famous baker of delectable sweets, Chef Donolon, is returning to Tamriel once more,” says ZeniMax. “This time he has a new, even-more delicious treat to share on top of some additional rewards to boot!”

Starting tomorrow morning, players can zip off to Vulkhel Guard or Davon’s Watch and pick up the Ache for Cake quest. If you’re totally lost in Tamriel, clicky the cash shop for a free “Jubilee Cake Voucher” to point you in the right direction, ya noob. The resulting cake creates a pretty nice group buff, plus completing dailies and weeklies will grant you anniversary gift boxes with additional rewards, “guaranteed to include at least one rare item such as Nirncrux, Motif chapters, Style items, Furniture crafting items, or more.”

We’ve got load of Elder Scrolls Online streams planned for this week, in addition to our weekly column, so check back tonight and tomorrow night as we take a peek at both the ending event and the birthday events to come!

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Wanda Clamshuckr

I’ve been using the extra xp from the Jester’s event to help ease the pain of my CP grind. I’ll be happy with 300. Just 30 more to go.. The anniversary cake, plus the added time until the new event ends, should just allow me to reach that mark.

Those boxes off the dailies look interesting as well. I’m curious as to what motifs they’ve stuffed in them.

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Jeff

ESO is doing a slow burn success wise, gradually building it’s success instead of being the overnight sensation WoW was, but now since games like FFXIV, ESO, and GW2 more than likely all have more players than WoW, I can see actual progress being made in the hobby. No longer are we stuck with Raid or Die, or endure the stupid poop quest, we are actually getting MMO’s that are evolving.

FFXIV is actually getting players to want to work together in groups again, ESO is offering something to all of those players that didn’t want to raid that Blizzard gave a finger to, and on the horizon we have games like Camelot Unchained and Crowfall that I believe are going to evolve the hobby even more. And honestly if the price of that evolution is attending WoW’s funeral I’m all for it.

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Katriana

I suspect MJ would bring noisemakers and party favors to the funeral to help celebrate.

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Tanek

I’m not sure she would even acknowledge WoW enough to celebrate its end. ;)

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Darthbawl

LOL @ both of you. Both sound perfectly viable. :P

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Greaterdivinity

but now since games like FFXIV, ESO, and GW2 more than likely all have more players than WoW

The only one I’d venture has more players than WoW would be ESO due to it’s multi-platform nature. FFXIV has never confirmed over 1M active concurrent subs, to my knowledge, and there’s no reason to believe Blizzard has dropped below 2-3M, and is likely sitting on bigger numbers. GW2 saw a pretty huge loss of players with HoT, and the F2P version likely doesn’t have anywhere near enough players to make that up. Remember, the game peaked at a bit over 3M sales of the base game, so it would have needed to keep all those players (which it didn’t) and then ad more on top of that.

That being said, FFXIV and ESO’s success continues to be a fantastic thing for both titles, given their rocky initial launches. GW2 is struggling, but I’m hopeful that the next expansion is more of a return to form and brings back a lot of players who skipped or left during HoT.

And honestly if the price of that evolution is attending WoW’s funeral I’m all for it.

WoW’s not going anywhere any time soon. It’s going to be around for many more years to come. A handful of niche indie MMO’s going for a non-WoW playing audience isn’t going to be particularly damaging to WoW’s player numbers.

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Dug From The Earth

I could have sworn reading about FF14 having somewhere around 4.5 million subs back after their first expansion had been out for a short while. Not sure what its currently sitting at though.

FF also benefits from the same thing you mention about ESO – Multiplatform.

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Greaterdivinity

Nope, I don’t think they’ve even ever confirmed 1M active concurrent subs, much least 4M+.

And to a lesser extent, yes. Though the PS3 is a dying console that’s being phased out with with the latest expansion, while ESO is on both current-gen platforms. The active PS3 playerbase is probably considerably smaller than the active Xbox One playerbase.

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kalamari_

“GW2 saw a pretty huge loss of players with HoT, and the F2P version likely doesn’t have anywhere near enough players to make that up. Remember, the game peaked at a bit over 3M sales of the base game”

actually it peaked at 7.5 million sales a year after elease… + HoT sales and F2p I would assume 9 million accounts is very reasonable.

GW2 is not “struggling”. the Pve zones are packed, I have constantly queues on the wvw maps and when I get in I find huge 3-way-fights with many ppl participating. plus I dont wait longer than 2 minutes for a rated pvp match. where is that “struggling”?

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Greaterdivinity

It peaked at 7 million accounts when HoT launched, that’s including free accounts and accounts abroad (not sure how China is monetized).

Looks like my numbers were out of date and it looks like the more accurate one is 5M sales by the time HoT launched. My point still stands that HoT sold like crap and that F2P accounts weren’t making up the difference. The games financials alone paint a picture of a large contraction compared to pre-HoT.

I should have been a bit more specific with my phrasing though. GW2 isn’t struggling, but its financials are persistently down from pre-HoT, they were even earning more during their nearly yearlong content drought, and its initial sales were well below initial expectations and dramatically below the initial sales of the base game. Financially they’re still fine, but they need to find a way to turn things around by the time the next expansion hits. They’ve had a year and a half of revenue contraction, and if the next expansion follows a similar pattern to HoT we’re going to see their quarterly revenue dropping below $10M, which isn’t terribly great.

In terms of the game/players, I still find that the game is receiving less overall support in HoT compared to vanilla. Even accounting for the different content release styles (larger quarterly vs. small bi-weekly), what’s being delivered is a bit better in quality but seemingly far less in quantity. The core remaining players keep the popular aspects of the game populated just fine, but it’s definitely been on its back foot since this expansion launched.

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Sorenthaz

Now the most important question: will there be sales :p

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Greaterdivinity

If you’re totally lost in Tamriel, clicky the cash shop for a free “Jubilee Cake Voucher” to point you in the right direction, ya noob.

As a noob, this is super useful information! I’m still sorta on my MMO hiatus to focus on my backlog (though I did start HoT content on my Ranger/Druid over the weekend!) but I’ve been kinda looking for an excuse to jump back into ESO (especially since I’ve got a sub running) so I guess getting this cake and checking out the event tomorrow is as good an excuse as any!

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Still time to get in on the Jester’s Festival too:

Due to the Jester’s Festival ending before the published time, we are extending the festivities until tomorrow, April 4th at 10:00am EDT. The hotfix will take a couple hours to complete, but no downtime or patch is required. We apologize for the confusion this has caused. Have fun, and don’t forget our three-year anniversary event begins tomorrow as soon as the Jester’s Festival ends!

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Tanek

I am glad they are turning the festival back on, but their spin on this is interesting.

First, they say we were “confused” about when it would end, and now they are “extending” it. Neither is true. We understood the very clear end date and time on their announcement, and their mistake shortened the festival by however many hours the fix will take. :P