E3 2021: Elder Scrolls Online announces Waking Flame and Deadlands, Fallout 76 plans Steel Reign and The Pitt

    
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The Xbox-plus-Bethsoft E3 games showcase held a bit of news for MMO players, if you can rip your eyeballs away from Starfield long enough to get caught up!

First, Elder Scrolls Online fans already knew that Console Enhanced had been delayed a smidge. It’s now coming June 15th, though, so you haven’t got long to wait. Players can get hyped for a free trial starting tomorrow as well.

And we got our first look at the two DLC that will fill out the back half of the year. The dungeon DLC is called Waking Flame, while the story DLC this fall will cap off the story – that one’s called Deadlands.

“The Elder Scrolls Online: Deadlands is ESO’s major fall release and concludes the year-long Gates of Oblivion adventure. Similar in scope to other recent zone DLCs such as Markarth or Dragonhold, in Deadlands, you can explore the Prince of Destruction’s realm of Oblivion. While you have had the chance to visit parts of Mehrunes Dagon’s realm in previous ESO adventures, this is only the second time a Daedric realm is available as an explorable zone in the game!”

The Fallout 76 reveals might actually have been more intriguing, as Bethsoft announced the Steel Reign questline as a free follow-up to Steel Dawn. That’s come along with a free-play week through June 16th, and Expeditions: The Pitt coming next year.

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_a4

And ESO’s combat still sucks how many years later? When will they ever fix it, or do they think it’s fine like this?

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Vanquesse V

Why would they? In the past year or so their biggest issue was that they had so many players that the servers couldn’t keep up.
Enough people don’t care that it doesn’t make any sense for them to risk changing something as important as the combat system.

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Thornhide

The performance/combat problem has nothing to do with too many players at all.

Large systems like housing/companions, and too many rushed untested content updates has buckled ESO’s combat performance.

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Vanquesse V

Did you even read what I wrote?
ESO is at an all time high player wise. There is no incentive for the devs to risk making a drastic change to their game right now.
Companions just came out this month so can’t have affected combat performance in the last 12 months either.
And if you claim that server population and performance aren’t linked then I don’t know what to tell you…
The freeplay event in early April last year saw them at 50k concurrent on steam beating the old record of 30k. I played during the last part of the free event and the following weeks and I could tell purely based on loading times that the event had ended. But please, tell me more of why player population doesn’t matter.
For Blackwood launch they hit 40k without running a free event.

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Castagere Shaikura

I would rather them fix the framerate issue during combat first.

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BalsBigBrother

I found it clunky to begin with but having stuck with it a while it wasn’t something I noticed or had issue with anymore.

This probably isn’t a problem for pc folks as you all had mods to do this but with the recent expansion they added cooldown timers for front/back bar skills.

As a console player this is a huge combat QoL feature that probably should have been added ages ago but it’s here now so good stuff. I have noticed my rotation flows much smoother now I can time things better using them.

It all helps in any case.

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SmiteDoctor

Maybe the game just isn’t for you, go play WoW or something.

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Loopy

Fix what exactly? The combat works the way it works. You either like it or you find another game.

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Bruno Brito

They…wont? It’s bad but it’s a core part of the game that would require major resources to revamp and would affect other core parts.

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Hurbster

Nothing wrong with the combat.

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Thornhide

They push too much pve fluff to fix anything. PTS feedback & QA doesn’t exist at ZOS.

Inventory bug for two months (finally fixed), champ points exit game crash bug still here from Greymoor, & now a combat range bug is just the beginning of the mess ESO has become the last few years.

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BodeanG

I’ve always wondered what people mean when they ESO combat sucks? Outside of GW2/BDO it’s my favorite. Is it because it’s not a pure action combat? Or is it because it’s not turn based tab target combat?

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Toy Clown

I’ve been enjoying Fallout 76 the last 5 weeks and I’m pretty excited for the new content coming. I can see myself playing this game for a while.

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BalsBigBrother

Feeling pretty good about my decision to get on board with Xbox.

Their showcase was pretty exciting with lots to look forward to. The fact that 27 of the 30 games revealed in the showcase are day one Gamepass games makes that service great value.

Also note to other studios please follow this example of more show and less tell / buzzword marketing nonsense (the Ubisoft showcase was pretty painful at times due to that).

All in all A+ to Microsoft for that I would say.

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jay

Curious, I don’t play consoles at all, but have been thinking about picking one up for my daughter. Does Sony offer a similar program to gamepass day one things? Is it kind of a war between services to see which one can get the biggest title exclusives?

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BalsBigBrother

They have PlayStation Now but it’s very rare that games are part of that service from day one launch (Usually six to twelve month after launch.) They do have a steady stream of games being added to the service each month though.

Not sure I could say which is better as both services have good / bad points but if you are wanting new releases Xbox Gamepass is the way to go imo.

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Raidervc

I’m a Sony fan boy, but objectively Microsoft is absolutely impressive with how they are building out GamePass. PlayStation Now is an embarrassment by comparison. It’s, and this is hard for me to say, probably a better value to get an Xbox or gaming PC than a PS5. Today’s showcase just furthers the argument in favor of Xbox.

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Vanquesse V

I can’t think of a better value proposition in gaming than the gamepass.
Just keep in mind that 3rd party games wont stick around forever, but they usually announce games leaving the service a month or so in advance.