The Elder Scrolls Online kicks off the Dark Heart of Skyrim with the Harrowstorm DLC launch on PC

    
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Today begins the new year of adventure and yet another nod to Skyrim in The Elder Scrolls Online as the Harrowstorm DLC and Update 25 have officially gone live on PC and Mac. That means new dungeons, new performance, and other improvements. Once you’ve finished re-downloading the client, anyway.

If you’ve paid out for the Harrowstorm DLC, you’re getting two tasty new dungeons to delve in the form of Icereach and the Unhallowed Grave, while everyone gets Update 25 and its features like improved performance overall.

Harrowstorm and Update 25 are the first steps towards the ongoing Dark Heart of Skyrim content updates being added to ESO. Up next in May for PC and June for consoles is the Greymoor chapter, which will bring players to western Skyrim and the Blackreach cavern. For now, though, there’s the current content to gnaw on first. And while you’re at it, you can get our first impressions of the new dungeons.

source: press release
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FormlessOne

So far, so good. Too early, though, to provide any real analysis of the client. I’m just looking forward to the new content.

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I had regularly seen FPS drop over the course of play sessions lasting about half an hour or more. So far last night I played for a few hours with no consistent drop over time, so I’m optimistic.

Looking forward to the new content too!! I’ve been playing around with my Warden’s build and am happy to have that new content for him to trot around in.

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TomTurtle

I was hoping the game startup would be much quicker with the update. A long loading time is one thing that’s bugged me with games like The Secret World and ESO. It makes logging out to briefly take care of something feel punishing.

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Ironwu

So far, the game has been pretty stable. One crash and one failure to shut down properly. But don’t know if that is due to the engine upgrade or due to add-ons not yet being updated.

The performance improvements are just a little noticeable. Combat response seems a bit slower,but probably have to wait until the dust settles to get a final feel.

All in all though, a pretty solid update given the scope of the changes.

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kofteburger

Skyrim is the limit don’t deny it.

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latorn

The removal of group queue for battlegrounds has to be one of the most backward decisions a major MMO has made.

I have friends and guild members that play on different factions because of one tamriel, can’t do Cyrodiil with them and now can’t do BGs with them… Literally can’t play any form of PvP with my friends. :/

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Gristoi Zir

Developers have said it is a temporary solution. Premades in high MMR battlegrounds made for a really unfun experience for the other two teams. Some players have suggested implementing solo and group queues but this would only make queue times longer.

Guess we will have to wait and see how Zenimax solves the issue.

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Ironwu

Yes, this is a big problem. Not sure what the solution for Friends on different factions since PvP is faction based. Maybe a special Campaign where you can play as any faction but are then locked for the duration of the campaign? Wish they would do something about the problem.