Zenimax Online Studios released their roadmap for upcoming future changes to The Elder Scrolls Online. Â Graev and I are what you might consider ‘regular’ players. Â We put in 3-4 hours a week, explore every corner of every zone, listen to 95% of the quest dialog, level our crafting, and do all of the dungeons. Â We aren’t leveling quickly at all; We’re getting close to level 30. Â We are guildless and just roaming the world together. Â I say all of this to give you a bit of context so that you understand where I’m coming from as I comment on what is coming soon to ESO.
Update 1 containing lots of new “veteran” (end-game) content is coming soon. Â I think that’s great, but I won’t see any of it for a long time. Â What I care about are these future updates:
- A system that allows grouped players to see each other even when theyâ€™re in different phases
- A justice systemâ€”steal from and kill NPCs and deal with the consequences if you are caught
- Migration of European Megaserver to our European datacenter.
- Field of View (FOV) adjustment
- Armor dyeing and tinting
- Two new Veteran Dungeons: Crypt of Hearts and City of Ash
- New region of Craglorn with a new Trial (the Serpent)
- Increased ability to pick up items in the world
- Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood storyline and quests.
- Horse Racing
- Dragonstar Arenaâ€”similar to Trials, but built for a group of four
- Improvements to fishing
- Crafting system improvements
- Improved Looking for Group system
- Better NPC facial animations
That’s an awesome list. Â I’m mostly looking at the changes that make the game and the world feel more like a traditional ES game. Â A justice system, more interaction with the world, and two great guilds coming to the game. Â Graev and I are both desperately wanting the Dark Brotherhood and Thieves guild.
ESO hasn’t been entirely peachy. Â Graev and I are starting to wonder if the subscriptionÂ is going to be worth it. Â We are both tired of just quest grinding, and the experience is starting to feel slightly flat. Â The PvP, despite sounding great and all, hasn’t attracted us at all. Â I don’t know what’s wrong with me — is it me? Â Maybe it’s the game. Â I just don’t feel like going out and zerging, and I feel like the PvP is still an arcade experience. Â I can’t explain it. Â I just see a lack of purpose and meaning.
Maybe, as I think about it here, DAoC was different because of server communities. Â I was on Percival in the realm of Midgard. Â We worked our butts off to earn Darkness Falls. Â We held keeps and fought with unimaginable fervor to hold our keeps and relics. Â It was … it really was epic. Â I would stand in a keep with my weapon ready staring off into the snowy tree covered hills waiting to see a speck of movement. Â The bloody cry of a scout, “THEY’RE COMING!!!!” would make my face tingle as the blood and adrenaline began to flow and we were ready to die where we stood to ensure there wasn’t even a chance in hell our lands would be taken. Â I can’t find that in ESO, so I do not participate in PvP.
I’m okay with a PvE experience. Â I’m a bit of carebear now. Â I just want ESO’s PvE to reflect what matters to me in a game. Â It’s getting there. Â I just need it to come quicker.