Elder Scrolls Online has two pieces of news this week. First, ZeniMax Online studios told players that the long-awaited hardware “refreshes” are continuing, and the next one on deck – for the European Xbox megaserver.
“The work on Xbox EU is nearing completion and the hardware refresh will occur [this] week,” the studio says. “We are doing the cutover during an extended maintenance on August 16 in Europe. The starting time is August 16 at 12:00am UTC (August 15 at 8:00pm EST) to the estimated end is August 16 at 3:00pm UTC (August 16 at 11:00am EST). Once the maintenance is complete, we will monitor the Xbox EU server performance.”
ZOS also dropped a dev blog last night answering gobs of player questions about companions; the team says some of Sharp’s content was cut for clarity, that it might consider things like a “stand here” command, and there are “big ideas” for expanding the companion system going forward (and those plans involve tweaking older companions). Occult companions might happen someday too:
“Vampire and werewolf companions are not off the table for future companions. There are no plans to increase the companion release rate at this time. (They take a lot of work from many talented developers, and we want to make sure we’re taking the time to get them as good as they can possibly be.)”