The Elder Scrolls Online chimes in with another Activity Finder update

    
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Yep, the Activity Finder in The Elder Scrolls Online is still busted. Yep, the devs are still working on it. That’s effectively the brass tacks message of the latest communication from creative director Rich Lambert, but it does at least provide a bit more context to the whole deal.

Readers will recall that ESO kicked off a dungeon-centric Undaunted event that had to be shut down mere hours after it launched due to Activity Finder problems. The devs briefly peeked their heads up to state that they’re still working on it, and the latest update says much the same thing but also seems to indicate that the Activity Finder is due to return soon:

“We are testing a new build internally, and we fully expect to have this issue resolved. Even though it is a small consolation, I do want to make sure everyone understands that the issues you have been seeing are caused by one system going haywire and not a deep systemic or hardware problem. This Activity Finder issue has been plaguing us for over a year now and it is long past time that we fix it.”

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rafael12104

Hmm. It is an old issue. And like my old papi used to say… “spit shine a turd and you’ll get crap on your hands”.

The reality is that when ZOS developed activity finder they didn’t think it needed to be more scalable. They probably did the math and thought it was good enough given the ratio of players using activity finder.

But then, the game fundamentally changed and suddenly the player base grew exponentially. And Mega servers became truly mega. One NA Megaserver for the PC, for example. And the subroutine that is the backbone of Activity Finder took much longer to get the job done.

Crossservers dedicated to activity finder don’t help mega servers. And it also hurts that cross-platform play is not supported. You can’t mix Xbox, PS4, PC players to get a bigger and better pool of players.

And last but not least, the old trinity drawback comes into play. There are a few tanks out there, and a few heals, but tons of DPS. Heh.

IMO, what needs to be done to solve the Activity Finder problems is to make activities into a distributed network. Several servers under their own umbrella that manage smaller groups of players. Sure, several VMs but also a big expenditure in hardware to truly offload big populations of players looking to group up and find activities.

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Roger Wilco

What are you guys talking about I did about 25 dungeons back-to-back last night with about a 30 second wait in-between each.

And it’s brass tax, not brass tacks. :-|

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Bree Royce

(It’s not brass tax.)

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Alex Willis

LOL

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Todd Gobel

You guys complianing about the df likke chat and blue screening or cryo load screens arnt a thing.
The game systems need a major overhaul

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Bree Royce

We’re not complaining; we’re posting the devs’ update.

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Godnaz

At least they actually give updates and don’t sugar coat it. I can think it a few major MMORPG’s who don’t even bother communicating with their player base.

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Bruno Brito

They just sugarcoated it. The DF issue is present since launch, not just “over an year”. And they were never able to solve it. The game has terrible optimization, also unsolved, and let’s not get into animation canceling, that they simply accepted as a feature because they couldn’t get rid of it.

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Sorata

“his Activity Finder issue has been plaguing us for over a year now and it is long past time that we fix it.”

Over a year??? Yeah… like since launch. The game never had a stable groupfinder. All people warned them at the forums about it. And the dare to start this kind of event again.
Just for the record: it was the same last year. It is not even funny any more how they can be so brazenly…

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Alex Willis

This problem has really killed my enthusiasm for daily play. I have *very* limited playtime due to my kids’ schedules and I need to know when I jump in that I’m not going to sit in a queue for 30 mins with no response. I main a healer, so it should NEVER take this long to get into a group.

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Bryan Correll

Try being a tank, maybe you could get that queue down to 20 minutes.

But, yeah, my healer wait time even during off hours is ordinarily less than a minute. Even dps queue’s aren’t (usually) half an hour.

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Bruno Brito

Try being a tank, maybe you could get that queue down to 20 minutes.

That’s still unacceptable. I get 5min queues as a DPS on a WoW pserver.