Elder Scrolls Online’s upcoming zone guide will ensure you’re never clueless in Tamriel again

    
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We still don’t know exactly which day in February the Wrathstone DLC will launch in The Elder Scrolls Online, but at this point, we know pretty much everything that’s coming in it and alongside it in the free update that’ll launch simultaneously for everybody. And one of those things is easily the most exciting quality-of-life upgrade to come to the game in ages: the zone guide. It’s basically a new tool that’ll help people figure out what to do next – no small feat in a sandpark with so many branching questlines. It’ll show everything from what you’ve done and where you’ve been to what you still need to do, making it ideal both for hapless wanderers and for completionists.

“With the zone guide, we’re trying to help players that want to complete a zone or those that feel lost and want to find something to do,” Senior System Designer Michael Edwards says in a new dev blog today. “We want to make sure we help the existing, new, and returning players that might be kind of confused and need some direction to get started.”

The zone guide will also offer a “start zone story” button that’ll point you in the direction of what you’re meant to do next. “It will eventually tell you how to find everything on the list except for Skyshards and Lorebooks,” Edwards writes.

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Karma_Mule

I’m so happy they’re doing this. With the go-anywhere do-anything design it’s easy to do a zone storyline out of order and run into weird situations like an NPC saying “Nice to see you again!” when you never met them, or not saying a thing about the adventure you just had with them someplace else.

Having played ESO enough I’ve gotten to know its patterns and figure out where the next quest in a storyline will be, but for someone new to ESO who got unceremoniously dumped in Summerset, heading over to the mainland to start a faction storyline would be amazingly confusing. This feature should help that sort of player quite a bit.

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Robert Mann

So we all get a board game?

Oh, wait, wrong type of ‘clue’. Drat. That sort of minigame might actually have brought me some interest again!

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Weilan

I don’t know how to feel about this, I feel like these QoL changes are making it easier like Retail WoW and not everyone is on board with such changes.

For my personal experience in the game, this means nothing.

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Kevin Smith

This is great for players like myself. I am a completionist I don’t leave an area till I have it 100% complete. All quest, side quest, WB, books, ect… Those I think are the people that they are really targeting with this. This is also good for the people that take breaks and come back every so often. It helps them figure out what they need to do or can do.

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Weilan

I stopped playing in mid November, but I log in every day to collect my daily reward and train my mount. xD

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Roger Melly

To be fair though Elder Scrolls questing is almost as easy as retail WoW these days anyway .

I have found only wearing cosmetic items while questing is the only way I can enjoy it anymore .

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xpsync

“easy” That’s pretty much why i stopped playing, it’s a good mmo, looks great, plastic but still looks great, but this feature i really wish was in when i was playing.

What killed it for is what i thought saved it for me, Level scaling, opening up the entire mmo made it a world, and at the start it was hard, toe curling combat, then a few patch later, mobs die just looking at them, then the shear boredom set it.

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Weilan

It’s as if the PvE/Story/Questing part is there, but it’s so easy that it has no impact on enjoyment.

It’s as if the main focus on the game is selling cosmetics.

Oh, how I wish ZOS fixes the piss poor combat and makes leveling a bit harder. Then the fun combat and the challenge from killing normal monsters will revitalize the game. Alas, for it will probably never happen.

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Robert Mann

ESO got so easy post beta that I cried. It was the first game where the story content was challenging in a long, long time (back in beta). Some parts needed a small nerf. The difficulty level got nuked.

I proceeded to hang with people for a while, but when I could either heal AND dps, or tank AND heal for every dungeon until the high end VR runs, and for half of those… I got bored really fast.

We literally had people who lost connection, and it didn’t stop us. We two-manned some of the VR16 dungeons. Prior to ‘One Tamriel’ and it only got easier from there. :(

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Kevin Smith

This game has done nothing but improve every year. One of the best MMO’s out today in my opinion.

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Nick Smith

Indeed. No other MMO comes close in my opinion.

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xpsync

If they only made the combat more difficult i’d be all over this one again. The level scaling i thought was the greatest decision they ever made, it made it a world, then they kept tweaking because people found it to difficult to kill mobs, dung’s too. Outside of that it’s got all the bases covered for a fully fleshed out mmo for sure.

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Robert Mann

Welcome to how I felt post beta…

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Toy Clown

I returned to ESO in December, played it casually alongside FFXIV. The more I played, the less I played FFXIV. I’m considering shutting down my FFXIV account for a few months at least. I’m really enjoying the heck out of ESO again. The game keeps making leaps and strides toward taking out the non-fun elements.

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Arktouros

Sure. All this was in the Achievements already, I guess it’ll be nice to be presented elsewhere.

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Kevin Smith

The difference is this is going to show you where things are, but you are right you could look in achievements to see what you were missing for certain things. I do like a visual representation over a basic list myself though.

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Castagere Shaikura

Wow, this was surprising and something the game needed.

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Bruno Brito

Nice. I just hope it’s not like the GW2 “Guide”.

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Ironwu

Great addition. Just a couple of days ago I completed all the quest lines (I could find) in a zone, but did not have the breadcrumb quest for the next zone. It turned out the NPC was on some bridge outside some town I had long since passed through with no need to ever return. Or so I thought.

So, this will be very nice as I do like to find all the stuff in a zone and zones can actually ‘complete’ long before all quests and such are found and done.

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camren_rooke

Definitely one of the much needed QOL improvements.

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Greaterdivinity

This is bloody perfect! I’ve been using mods to try to keep track of zone progress and make sure I clear everything out as best as I can, so this will be either a straight up replacement or a nice addition to make sure I’m not missing anything as I continue to work my way through the game at a positively glacial pace (well…how slow glaciers used to be at least).

No skyshards/lorebooks? That’s fine, that’s what the other mods are for : D

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xpsync

I’m almost interested in installing it again just to find out what my zones look like progression wise.

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Eliandal

I feel you! Still only part way through silver after almost 5 years. They need an add-on to say “it’s only a pretty, look the other way “;)!

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PanagiotisLial1

I stopped using MODs on any game since WoW’s Pandaria and I only used one for crafting recipes personally. That is because my gf used to play WoW with me and loved using MODs but one of them, if I recall well – one for rare mobs in WoW, worked giving access to hackers. She got hacked twice, after securing her account better and stopping the mods she never got again till we left WoW. I am only sharing this experience as a warning to be weary of mods on games