Elder Scrolls Online explains the need to re-download the game client and offers a free torchbug for doing so

    
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Yes, when Update 25 of The Elder Scrolls Online hits, you’re going to have to re-download the entire client all over again. The upshot of this, however, is that it will provide a couple of significant benefits to players, and players can get a free torchbug pet. So it’s not bad news, really, just a moment of inconvenience, though your mileage may vary depending on data cap restrictions for downloads and the like.

According to a post on the ESO site, this “Patching Overhaul” is a must and can’t be skipped. Additionally, players can’t use their PTS files, nor can they get the new client data ahead of time, as the patch will only be available on the morning of Update 25’s release (which is February 24th for PC/Mac and March 10th for console, by the way). However, once this new client is installed, players should see faster loading times overall as well as a “dramatic” reduction in patch size for future game updates.

Of course, this isn’t the only thing that Update 25 is bringing in terms of performance improvements. There will also be better framerates and some behind-the-scenes combat improvements included as Zenimax explained earlier this month.

What about that free torchbug? That can be found in the ESO Crown Store for absolutely free between February 25th and March 9th for PC players, and between March 10th and 24th for console players; just head to the Pets category of the Crown Store to claim your glowy-butted insect friend.

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Peter J Reynolds

For some it will be a long download. Their full game client is massive, but if it fixes many of the issues that people like me have stopped playing the game for over a year now… I may just download and come back to test it out.

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rafael12104

IF it fixes Activity Finder issues I’ll deleted mine right now!

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NeoWolf

Now Rafael, lets not get carried away you know Patches don’t fix things! lol

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rafael12104

Lol! Yeah, what am I thinking!

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Toy Clown

This is actually beneficial from my perspective as I haven’t put ESO on my new computer yet. Sometimes it pays to procrastinate!

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Castagere Shaikura

Any word on how much smaller the PC installation will be?

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NeoWolf

Approximately 16GB of savings on disk for PC/Mac, and approximately 30GB savings on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One.

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NeoWolf

I have no objections with re-downloading the improved client, smaller installation, faster load times…heck yeah!

BUT a re-coloured existing pet as an incentive pfft.. cheap a** s.o.b’s still at least its not ANOTHER statue (eso plus folks know what im talking about lol).

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Peter J Reynolds

Agree with the pet token offering. Unless the pet can loot or carry my goods I don’t use them so this is more a slap in the face. Now a free mount (even if just a re-skin) would have been a more acceptable an offering.

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hurbster

But…but my Hall of Tiny Statues needs more work !

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NeoWolf

At this rate we will ALL need a bigger hall lol

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Mordyjuice

Sounds like they did some major work on their Game Engine if it requires a fresh install; for that much trouble my performance better increase by 100%.

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Leiloni

People keep whining about having to redownload this as if it will take days.

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John Mclain

It actually “CAN” take days. The download servers they have for this game are notoriously slow. I haven’t played this in a while, but last time I downloaded it from scratch took me 9 hours. And I am on a 300mb connection. The issue is the fact the game uses (or used to use anyway) peer 2 peer downloading to save the cheapa** developers money on proper download servers. And while I may have had the ability to pull down 300mb a second, I was actually getting close to 20mb speeds. Which caused a normally 40m-1h download to take all damn day. Now for someone with a slower connection than mine, say a 50mb connection, that could potentially take them the better part of a week on patch/launch days.

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Loopy

That sounds pretty anecdotal at best. I’ve been on 250 mbit connections in the past, and ESO never took longer than an hour and a half for a fresh install at its slowest. To be perfectly honest, i don’t remember any game ever taking me a whole day to download since the days of dial-up.

Additionally, if you’re getting downgraded to 20mbit connections on of peer to peer connections, that sounds to me like your ISP is throttling you, not the developers. This used to be a common practice many years ago, but luckily the public outrage was strong enough and the ISPs stopped doing it in my area.

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losludvig

“That sounds pretty anecdotal”… counters with an anecdote. Nice…
ESO has had decent download speeds the last year or two for me, but that absolutely did not used to be the case. Back in the day you’d be lucky to pull 20mbps from eso’s servers on a patch day

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Loopy

100%, however my anecdote doesn’t claim that i know what the issue is, wheres the previous poster’s does.

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Bruno Brito

My first ESO instalation was when they sold the game with Morrowind for like 15 bucks on Steam.

It took 12h. It’s not an internet issue, it’s their garbage overloaded servers.

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hurbster

Yes they are not the best, and I imagine quite a few people have data caps, speed throttling ect.

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Bruno Brito

My internet is actually great for Br standards, so i’m fine in that specific instance.

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losludvig

My ESO install atm takes up 105GB, if you’re on a bandwidth cap that’s not an insignificant amount of your monthly usage. Even in high infrastructure countries some people can’t get that high speeds. While I enjoy a cheap, stable gigabit line my brother has to suffer a 30mbit connection even though he lives in a major city. If you assume a 70GB download, that would take 7 hours. This wouldn’t be as bad if you could pre-load the game, but that’s not an option either.

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Mordyjuice

With Steam that’s a distinct possibility.

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Mewmew

For a great many people, this does and will take days. Not everybody is close to a city with high internet speeds. A great many places the higher speeds either aren’t available, or are out of budget for people stretching their money thin. People share internet, have caps, etc.

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NecroFox4

Small price to pay for some much-anticipated improvements.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Happy to hear they are fixing load times, which at this point are not just terrible, but a deterrent to playing. Might as well pick up a book while you’re loading.

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Josh

I don’t mind really. They’re giving ample notice, clearly outlining why it’s necessary and attempting to preempt compensation.

This is good communication as far as I’m concerned.