Elder Scrolls Online delays Gates of Oblivion reveal event to avoid inauguration day pandemonium

    
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Elder Scrolls Online delays Gates of Oblivion reveal event to avoid inauguration day pandemonium

One of the big events MMO players were surely looking forward to this month was The Elder Scrolls Online’s planned reveal of Gates of Oblivion. The date for the big show was set for January 21st.

Unfortunately, that’s just one day after inauguration day in the US, when the country will swear in its next president. And we can only presume that it will be a mess, given the chaos and violence of last week. ZeniMax clearly wants to give the event some space and so has moved Gates of Oblivion’s hoopla off another week.

“Due to Inauguration Day in the United States falling on Jan. 20, we are moving our Global Reveal Event for Gates of Oblivion from Thursday, Jan. 21 to Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 5pm EST/10pm GMT,” the studio announced today. No further details were offered.

MMO players will recall that that ZeniMax has bumped major events before to make sure they don’t collide with major real-world happenings, including delaying Greymoor’s console launch last summer, which was postponed so as not to distract from the funeral of George Floyd.

In other Elder Scrolls Online news, if you were among the gamers who ran afoul of update 28’s skill bug – whereby players permanently lost skill points thanks to Soul Trap and werewolf ultimates – then you should probably read up on ZeniMax’s dev blog on the process of sorting all that out. Apparently, it amounted to a pile of cascading bugs that’s taken since November to fix in full, and it’ll mean a full respec for skills a champion points in update 29 to fix all your affected toons.

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Schmidt.Capela

Apparently it’s more directly related to the threats of violence around inauguration day, given the real world location of Bethesda’s offices:

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Daedalus 88

This is a silly excuse to push back things, Rather see this than the inauguration. Hopefully they take the time to make sure to iron out bugs and such but not very optimistic on that.

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HawkeWar

Wait What? There is an inauguration?

Oh it’s “real” world BS…

Back to Tamriel

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jealouspirate

Given what happened on the 6th, “Gates of Oblivion” could actually tie in nicely.

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Ironwu

Someone should invent a device that can predict what events will fall on what days in the future. Then we could plan out our events in advance to not conflict with other events.

We could call it a ‘Calendar’.

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treehuggerhannah

In fairness to Zenimax, I don’t think doing something the day after a presidential inauguration would normally be an issue.

This wasn’t a schedule conflict per se; the events were not even going to be on the same day.

It’s just that everything is so crazy and tense right now, especially after what happened last week.

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Theryl

Most presidential inaugurations don’t involve 20,000+ National Guard troops.

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Schmidt.Capela

Also, most game developers don’t have their offices “just twenty miles north of Washington, D.C.”.

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Bruno Brito

Apparently, it amounted to a pile of cascading bugs

Whenever ESO dies, this will be on it’s grave.

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Paragon Lost

Was a very interesting read. Bugs, they can definitely cascade. lol. Side note, I jus noted that you need a seperate account/login for their forums. Gah, I dislike that intensely. I don’t know why I’d never noted it before, though I shouldn’t be surprised since I don’t tend to do mmorpg game forums.

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Bruno Brito

ESO is a game rampant by bad design/server issues/bugs.

It’s literally got to the point where the devs are attempting desperate solutions ( 3s global cd on aoe skills because the servers can’t handle so much load in Cyrodiil ). Turns out making a game repeat lines of processes ad infinitum for hundreds of thousands of players because the game lacks cooldowns is not good design.

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Paragon Lost

Sounds like they need a few things like better server tech, better optimization for the game engine etc. Plus a team that can really focus on going over the code and correcting the bugs. Ugh. lol So far I gotta admit I’m having a fun time though. It’s a nice change up from WoW.

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treehuggerhannah

Although the new timing doesn’t work for me and that makes me personally bummed because I like watching these live (I’m a volunteer coach for a Special Olympics dance team and that time slot is when we have practice on Zoom,) I think that overall this is a really good decision.

I hope for a calm and peaceful inauguration, but no one is going to be focused on video games at that time. Better to delay and avoid the distraction.