The Elder Scrolls Online offers a new unified tutorial experience with Update 30

    
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The tutorial experience for new characters is changing when The Elder Scrolls Online launches Update 30 for free next week alongside Blackwood, and it’s changing for everyone regardless of the most recent chapter of game content you own. Starting with the new update, all players will experience the same tutorial chapter on the Isle of Balfiera, exploring a group of mysterious portals with the help of the mage Norianwe while fighting off various monsters and beasties across the island.

But what about when you’re done with the tutorial? Well, that’s when you get to start branching out a little bit, with those selfsame portals allowing you to start at any chapter you’d like within the game’s story. So whether you want to move on to the newest one you own or head back to one of the three factional storylines, the game will freely let you do so. You’ll just need to get through the unified tutorial area first.

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Phubarrh

Utter crap. I’ve loathed every game that’s dumped its race/faction/culture-based starting areas for some generic nowhere zone.

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Hurbster

It’s OK, still no real pointers to starting the main quest though. I would have preferred the option to choose your tutorial but the new experience isn’t aimed at experienced players.

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NeoWolf

I am glad they are finally putting back some orderly structure to the tutorial section.

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SmiteDoctor

I’m fine with this, but I’m sure Bannex will find something to bitch about since it’s ESO.

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Chris Johnson

This is VERY GOOD IDEA! If you’re a new player or if you want to begin a fresh character, starting in a zone deep into the story of the game makes absolutely no sense at all.

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Robert S.

The stories in ESO are all in the same timeline. The events of the latest chapter did not necessarily happen after all previous chapters. ESO does not do story like WoW and others where the story is world-wide and progressive with each release.

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Chris Johnson

I never suggested they were in different timelines.

There’s an order in which the story is supposed to unfold. That order is completely thrown off if my new character starts in the area of the latest expansion, meeting people they shouldn’t know just yet, being part of events that are supposed to happen later in the story.

This new idea fixes all of that, which was my point.

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Matt Redding

I’m not sure that’s correct. I rolled a character in December and did the Vvardenfall tutorial. I didn’t play again until this month when I rolled a new alt to refresh my memory on controls, and did the Skyrim tutorial. When I met Titanborn she was “Hey adventurer!” Meanwhile, I started the main storyline on the older character, then visited Skyrim and when I got there the Titanborn was all “Vestige! you’re here!” So the game somewhat does adjust to what you’ve done. *sigh* I was thinking for some reason that I could roll a certain character to see the Elswyr tutorial but I guess not. UGH.

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Chris Johnson

It’s always better to start a story from the beginning. Starting anywhere else will through the order of events off. The game can’t account for everything you’ve missed if you start in Elswyr. Your character won’t even know what “Vestige” means if you haven’t met The Prophet yet.

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Matt Redding

I had heard something about this, but I thought the idea was you dropped your new character in a room with portal and then picked which tutorial to do. I would actually prefer to do the tutorial that introduces what’s going on with each chapter. I just made a new character 2 weeks ago and got the Skyrim zone story introduction; I thought it was quite good. I guess I’m going to have to roll a bunch of new characters right away so I can see the old tutorials at least once.

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Bruno Brito

Oh yeah, had forgotten about that. It’s one of the best changes of the patch.

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Java Jawa

That’s a good change.

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Louie

This sounds infinitely better. Being forced to start in the area/events of the most recent expansion never sat right with me as someone who likes to experience content sequentially. This is also still in line with the game’s philosophy of doing whatever you want whenever you want, so I feel this is a better middle ground for both styles of playing the game.

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Sorata

They do that with every chapter. Sooo, big news!

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Vanquesse V

I think you missed the point. Every chapter they changed the tutorial to be an intro for the most current chapter and send you straight into that.
This time the tutorial ends with you picking which chapter or faction storyline you’d rather play first.

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Sorata

What was possible befor as well, but anyways…

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Vanquesse V

The tutorial is for new people, not for people who knows the game inside-out. That you can go anywhere you want at any time is one of the greatest strengths of ESO and now the tutorial will show that to new players from the get go.