Hey packrats, clean out your Elder Scrolls Online hoards… for the good of the database

    
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Wrathstone and update 21 are launching in Elder Scrolls Online next week, at least for PC, so you’re going to want to be prepared. It turns out you can do something even more valuable than getting your crowns stocked up and your dungeoning toons ready to roll: You can clean out your damn bank. And your inventory and mail. We’re serious.

ZeniMax says that a move like this before patch day will actually help your loading times the first time you log in after the patch, thanks to the way behind-the-scenes database code has been rejiggered with the impending update.

“The length of the load screen could vary anywhere between 5-10 minutes to a couple hours,” ZeniMax writes. “Now, this loading is actually directly tied to the total number of bank items, inventory items, and mail attachments everyone has. This means if you’re able to clear out excess items in your inventory and attachments before maintenance begins Monday morning (or even just reduce them), this will greatly help the amount of loading the client will need to do! Additionally, once you’re at the load screen, please just wait until you’ve made it into the game; closing the client will not speed things up.”

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cambruin

A bit silly to see how people can get so annoyed and angry over such little things. They’re not telling you to get rif of your excess stuff. They’re asking, they’re explaining why. The hissy fits are really uncalled for.

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Kevin Smith

No they are trying to put the blame for bad coding on the customers shoulders. They are trying to justify a loading screen or wait time increase because of an issue they created themselves with sloppy coding. It’s a well you can not do this and we will punish you for it can of issue. So yeah people have a little bit of a right to get upset about it.

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wratts

Honestly I did it today, and I’m a launch era user with a bunch of stuff in bank and inventory. Nothing too much in mail, but the reload took about 30 seconds.

YMMV, but I’d really wonder if someone needed “hours” to have their stuff reindexed

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Mewmew

So don’t make it so I need to carry a billion different things and I won’t have to hoard the stuff!

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Ben Stone

Yeah I find that ESO is pretty guilty of item bloat, I think primarily to encourage subscription and use of the crafting bank.

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Robert Mann

Eternal (loading) Screens Online returns?

Old joke about how long the game takes to load places, yep. Also, who wants to ditch their stuff in these games? The only people I have been around who don’t have nigh full banks constantly were… always asking for things for any of the group content we did, and broke in game.

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Blaaznar

Always loved the story in this game but just couldn’t enjoy the combat that’s revolving around no cooldowns on abilities and weapon swapping.

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Mewmew

The combat is great, the main open world just became too easy since One Tamriel. It’s based on cost and cast times rather than cooldowns. The combat would be on point if everything wasn’t so easy now.

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wratts

I just always wished there were more than the 5 abilities (ignoring weapon switching). Got your short range attack, long range attack, finisher, movement skill, and utility. . . better get used to those 2 or 3 attacks, exciting!

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Gadgets-4G

Want my crap? Pay me! This is their problem not ours. Tell you what you give me a five-minute load screen and I will give my money to someone else. Problem solved.

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Kevin Smith

Pretty sure the point of a bank is to keep what you want to keep. So no I will not delete or sell a single thing. The hoarder in me is telling you to go away.

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Toy Clown

After I read the news, I realized the weekend would be a great time to do those 200 + surveys and treasure maps I’ve been hoarding! I planned to get it all done in preparation for the anniversary events anyway. Just will get it down this weekend!

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Alex Willis

10/10, would be sternly lectured by my MMO dev again

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Maggie May

This is funny, so you put in the game hundreds of items needed for crafting as well as tons of different “things” that may or may not have a purpose and we’re supposed to just throw it out? My whole existance in games is centred around never having enough space in inventory, bank etc. How would I live without this issue pervading my ever waking moment ingame? Silly eso …. silly, silly.

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kalech

Odd advice. I thought the entire point of having a bank is so that you can save whatever you want. Maybe they should work on their load times instead of telling us to vendor our inventories.