The Elder Scrolls Online wraps up its fifth year of live operation

    
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The Elder Scrolls Online wraps up its fifth year of live operation

How was your year of gaming in Elder Scrolls Online? If you were a denizen of Tamriel, chances are you’ve gone on many fantastic adventures, mostly involving necromany and giant flying lizards. Creative Director Rich Lambert put a cap on the year with a look back at what the game did right (content rollout) and what it struggled with (performance issues) over the past 12 months. Generally, he sounds pleased.

“As it was our five-year anniversary, we wanted 2019 to be big and memorable,” Lambert said. “It featured a massive year-long adventure that focused on the homeland of the Khajiit, Dragons, and the new Necromancer class. This was the first time we’d combined all of the year’s releases (WrathstoneElsweyrScalebreaker, and Dragonhold) into a single, continuous narrative, and we’re thrilled with all of the positive reactions to it.”

We might be biased, but we think that our own 2019 Elder Scrolls Online retrospective went into vastly more depth. “This MMO does not appear to be slowing down,” said our Ben Griggs.

Lambert once again teased the upcoming reveal of the “Dark Heart of Skyrim” on January 16th while also sharing his freaky tattoo experience that is probably best not viewed by our readers with a needle phobia:

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Bnd Dgs

Every post on this forum are all people who maybe played a month with ESO. Your bad if you think it’s the combat. What I’ve seen cause you dont only press 4 buttons its crap. Read and learn, so many lazy ppl just watch YouTube or ask every single person what to do. Just play! And you can get all content in this game with in game currency. That means all dlc and loot boxes. No other game allows you to do that. An if they did most takes you years like in wow and Terra. Gold is easy to make. Can get mill or 2 a day. 100k gold for 1000 crowns which is 10$ real money. Be patient and have fun and all content will come to you. This massive game has so much to offer, I say you haven’t played this game unless if you didn’t know any of this. Oh and I only play weekends cause of school and work. Meaning you dont have to dedicate every min to get stuff. Boom!

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cambruin

Best MMO on the market as far as I’m concerned. I don’t play it anymore though, as it offers both lootboxes and ‘convenience’ in it’s store, which I simply do not support. Unfortunately, every MMO with the exception of WoW Classic is guilty of this (please tell me I’m wrong as I need an MMO fix), so I wish them all a swift death.

But if I had to choose a ‘best’ MMO, ESO would be it.

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Bnd Dgs

Lol my friend you are so wrong, I support everything in the store. I can purchase every little thing from that store and any in game content with game currency. Only thing that cost money is eso+ which is a gimmick and RIP off. I’ve made 2mill Gold in a single day. Which I use to but loot boxes and buy every dlc. And I only play on the weekends when I. Ot in school or working. Best MMO ever. AND no you dont have to pay a dime after just buying base game. lol sounds like you really didn’t play it. For every 1000 crowns is only 100k gold. That’s like doing a dungeon and selling smart.

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dacu

We spoke about the elder scrolls recently at PaxAus with Rich. He has a great passion for the franchise, which is seen in the content and story telling.
We recorded the panel if anyone wants to see it.

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wayshuba

I starting playing ESO in Feb 2017 and continued to play every day up until about two months ago.

The content cadence is second-to-none in ESO. They do a good job with many of the questlines as well.

However, the nagging severe performance issues and the absolutely out-of-control wild swings in combat skill balancing every three months was the straw that broke the camels back for me as well as many others.

ESO is an interesting MMO from a development perspective. They have a great team working on content. They have a mediocre team working on performance issues. Finally, they have an utterly incompetent team working on combat balancing.

At their core, MMOs are about developing your characters and making them better on an on-going incremental basis. Over the last year, instead it has been about your entire builds being completely upended each patch and having to do it over again (get new gear, adjust new skills, learn new rotations). Just as you get adjusted to the new meta, it gets upended completely yet again the next patch. By the third time this happened you finally just say what is the use. I am wasting my time.

ESO has a lot of good things going for it, but unless they really reel in this sledgehammer approach to combat skills every patch, they are just going to keep bleeding players at this point.

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_BigBragg_

It’s really a shame too see some of the negligence that has become of the game. It has gone through a hard fought and passionate journey since I started playing in beta. As it stands now, not being able to competently address baseline issues like getting skills to function properly (many for years), a working groupfinder system, performance issues that run rampant in both raids and RvR, and other long lasting issues have really deminshed my capacity to enjoy the game.

This is only compounded by the fact that the combat teams for PvP and PvE really have no idea what direction they want to go, and this year has only accomplished hoginization of skills, wild balance swings, and a stripping of class identity across the board.

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Angela Aaron

I have been enjoying a 3 month binge of Eso. Bought the game (disc copy) again, created a new character (got to level 34 on my old one, already at level 40 with this new one). I’ve been having a good ole time with it. Until one day I tried to log in and it said I can’t play it because my Playstation plus went out. I had just bought the monthly eso subscription. I can’t get my psplus back until the first. Now I just lost $15!!! If I buy a disc copy of a game. I should be able to play it regardless of the psplus. I have an active internet connection. There should be no issue. I can play Star Trek online no problem. I am seriously missing eso though!

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Bruno Brito

I won’t say ESO is a disappointment to me because it’s actually a solid game. Its just…sigh.

Game could be so much better if they tried to get rid of some severe problems and stopped embracing some weird designs that seem to be popular in MMOs these days.

For instance: Weapon Swap. It always ends a crutch for “high-octane” fightning with fast buffs and windows of opportunity. It’s immersion breaking for games that are mostly about belonging to a world. It also defines a lot of the combat, demanding a simplification of mechanical fights because of overcomplicated rotations. Games with weaponswaps tend to be afraid of cooldowns. They’re also too fast-paced for games that tend to suffer rubberbanding, optimization issues and overall internet lag. I feel like MMOs should stop trying to achieve that action combat meme, and just settle for something more hybrid like. In that aspect, GW2 combat is pristine. It has bad core mechanics, but it’s movement and tabtargetting is really good, and it has impact.

Animation canceling in ESO is a plague. Being a “feature” in the game shows how little capability of solving issues the development team have.

Balancing is a mess. Optimization is a mess. RDF tool is complete dumpsterfire.

I’m actually hoping for good changes in 2020, i really wanna get back to the game and try to play it like SWG: as a warrior-explorer that settles in Tamriel.

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Tee Parsley

If they hadn’t wanted to initially recreate DAoC in an Elder Scrolls skin, ESO could have been great out of the gate. Fundamental failure to understand their audience.

I do have the best name in the game though….
Vestige

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Bryan Correll

Oh, so YOU’RE the one all these jerks are confusing me for.

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GiantsBane

I mean, that was never going to stop it from being great. But a lack of focus by the dev team followed by a willingness to embrace and allow game exploits turned me off of the title after getting in some fun with the rvr post launch.

Sure it’s improved, but since they refuse to ever fix some of the games longstanding issues (and in some cases embraced them), the game sadly no longer holds any draw for me.

Glad they’re doing ok now though, just wish it’d of been on a better game.

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Alexander Android

Could be such a great MMO, but no matter how much I want to love it: the horrible combat and the ugly animations drive me away every time.

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NeoWolf

It IS a great MMO but I agree combat is bland and just feels like it was built and simplified (by which I mean dumbed down) for the console rather than PC mmo crowd, so that and the lack of an actual UI in favor of the “leave it to the modders” approach are what prevent me from getting fully invested in a game and IP I love with ESO.

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Bnd Dgs

lol then go play that crap game called wow. This game still beats every MMO on the market. I have all its contents and get loot boxes without paying a dime of real money. Only base game 60$ when it came out. What other game would ever let you do that. Ppl who are bad say combat is shit. It really isn’t.

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Alexander Android

You probably couldn’t have written a better parody comment even if you tried to.

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rafael12104

The game has come a long way since launch. There is no doubt about that. IMO One Tamriel was a genius move and brought the MMORPG right up to near the top.

The game has been steadily improving since then and this year is no exception. And it has maintained a high and steady population of players. Elsweyr was a great addition to the game in 2019. Dragons arrived and have been a source of great fun.

BUT 2019 has also highlighted a few problems that haven’t made significant progress toward resolution. The activity finder issues aren’t new and continue to be a sore point. Despite various “fixes” they aren’t any closer to a resolution and that is seriously hurting the game.

One thing that is clear is that the games success is critical now for Bethesda. The MMORPG just might be Bethesda’s flagship given all of the problems they have had with 76. Ironic isn’t it? They had the knowledge and experience to do an MMO well but somehow the teams didn’t come together….

So, I’m hoping for many more years of ESO fun. And I do think that is exactly what I’m going to get.

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PanagiotisLial1

I think eventually they will hve to either hand the service of FO 76 to Zenimax or move on. For the activity finder my guess is they are “paying” for some early design decisions they have to correct.

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MrSaxon

Still my favorite MMO.