Found an interesting video on You Tube this evening. In it, a guy compares the size of the Eternal Battlegrounds in Guild Wars 2 with the Cyrodiil map in Elder Scrolls Online. Now, I knew Cyrodiil was bigger than the GW2 maps but I had no idea it was this much bigger. The difference is pretty striking.
According to this article over at Massively, Elder Scrolls Online is aiming for monthly content updates. Not only that, but they intend for these content updates to be rather large and contain more than just a “funny hat”. Of course, this is a very, very good thing. How long can they stick to that promise though?
I think the first month or so after release will consist of mainly bug patching and systems improvements. Its really hard to get out large content patches in the first month. Bugs that they did not find during the beta and during stress tests will rear their ugly head. These will take priority. After that is when you will start seeing some content patches. What they will entail and how big, is any bodies guess at this point. But, they will have to be pretty large to justify the $15 a month. Gone are days when people will pay a monthly sub fee for only the privilege of server access. The only MMO that can do that now is WoW. ESO will need to be much more aggressive.
As the release date for The Elder Scrolls Online closes in, I am faced with a familiar decision; what race and faction do I roll on? One thing that does make this decision easier is the fact that you can roll any race on any faction if you pre-order. This means I can ignore the normal racial limitations and roll on whatever faction I choose.
Still, this isn’t an easy decision. There are a number of attractive races in ESO. Then again, there are also a few horrible races as well. Werit’s post about how much he hates the Aldimeri Dominion inspired me to make my own post about ESO’s races.
The Ebonheart Pact
The Ebonheart Pact is my obvious choice. When there are no available dwarves, northern Viking type races are a good second choice and the Ebonheart Pact has Nords. Their racial perks are also fairly attractive with a bonus to two-handed weapons, increased frost resistance, increased armor and health regeneration. I’ve always liked the viking look and feel and the Nord captures that well.
Found a video this evening that shows some of the diversity of classes in ESO. Its from the closed beta server (not the weekend beta servers) and shows a level 50 Veteran dungeon. What makes it interesting is that the main tank is a sorcerer. A sorcerer wearing light armor and wielding a two-handed sword. He is also an Orc and a vampire.
Check out the video below, I think its pretty cool.
Having played ESO quite a bit more since my impressions post awhile back, I have had time to really delve into the game a bit more and come up with more that I like and a couple things that I am having reservations about. The reservations are not enough to make me cancel my pre-order but they are things that worry me. One of them is much more worrisome than the other because of the lack of information concerning it. The other one is a done deal and is something I will have to live with in the long run.
The PvE Endgame
ESO has a robust PvP endgame. The AvA is well-done thus far. Its fun, runs well and they avoided a lot of pitfalls that Guild Wars 2 ran into with their WvW. The PvE endgame, however, is much more ambiguous and ill-defined. There is very little information out there about what it will consist of and how it will work.
Its no secret that I prefer PvP but I was once a pretty hard-core raider. I did the entire 40-man raid gamut in WoW. Molten Core, Black Wing Lair, AQ40, Naxxramas. I did them all in Vanilla WoW. I don’t do that anymore and have no plans to do it in the future but an engaging PvE endgame is still important to me. The problem is, we have no idea what that will consist of in ESO. No idea at all.