ESO PTS Patch Notes v1.5

ESO patch notes
v1.5 is going to be ridiculously massive patch, you’ll see…

OVERVIEW

Welcome to The Elder Scrolls Online v1.5, our fifth major content update! We have many new features in store for you.

In this update, we’ve added Veteran City of Ash, the continuation of the dungeon City of Ash, and implemented our improved facial animations so NPCs will look more realistic when you speak to them. We’ve also implemented the next phase of the Veteran Rank improvements, which you can read more about below.

We’re introducing both dungeon scaling and solo-instance scaling in this update so you can go back and revisit some of your favorite dungeons, and have also implemented new Undaunted Enclaves and Pledges that you can perform every 20 hours.

Crafters have a lot to look forward to as well! You’ll be able to undertake certification, as well as crafting writs and survey reports once you’re certified. You’ll want to read more about this further down. In addition, we’ve added the Dwemer crafting style, and Twice-Born Star item set.

Last but certainly not least, you can check out our new chat bubbles, but you’ll have to enable them first in the Settings menu.

In addition to all the new features, we’ve gone through and polished the game to address many issues in regards to combat, gameplay, dungeons, quests, and more. Be sure to hop on the PTS – now with Live characters from the North American megaserver available – and let us know what you think!

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First Look at Justice System in ESO

eso justice systemESO Guild Summit revealed some more interesting information about the upcoming Justice System.

The Justice System will be a huge addition to Elder Scrolls Online, and it will drastically change the world and the way you and the players around you play the game. It adds a whole new level of player-driven content, and makes your actions have real impact on the world, much like stealing or killing in a single player Elder Scrolls game would. Except ESO is an MMO, and you will not only have to worry about NPCs but your fellow players also.

That’s right, players can either enforce the law or choose to break it. If you do choose to steal and murder, just be aware that there are players out there who will make it their goal to bring justice to Tamriel and hunt you down.

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ESO Patch Notes v1.4.4

ESO patch notesOVERVIEW

The Elder Scrolls Online v1.4.4 is an incremental patch that addresses several issues mainly with gameplay, itemization, UI, and the Alliance War. We have fixed a number of issues that were impacting Nightblades and stealth – with other issues scheduled to be hotfixed later this week – and have also made some tweaks for restoring stamina and magicka while in combat.

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ESO Patch Notes v1.4.3

ESO patch notesOVERVIEW
Welcome to The Elder Scrolls Online v.1.4.3, our fourth major content update!

In this update, we’ve added the upper region of Craglorn for you to explore, plus a new Trial – Sanctum Ophidia. We’ve also added the Dragonstar Arena where you’ll be challenged to defeat 10 stages of monsters with a group of 4. The Veteran Rank cap has also been raised to VR14 to account for these new encounters.

We’ve begun our grouping improvements to many PvE objectives, and have continued our work on expanding existing delves. You’ll also find that we’ve added new ability altering enchantments, which you can read more about below.

In addition to all new features, we’ve continued to improve many areas of the game including gameplay, art, itemization, quests, UI, and the Alliance War. We hope you enjoy the latest update!

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Creating ESO: Dragonstar Arena Video

A new video by ZOS has been posted featuring Dragonstar Arena, which will be released with ESO update 4.

In Dragonstar Arena players fight as a group of four heroes against multiples waves of enemies. If they survive long enough, they get to fight against the reigning arena champions. Defeating the arena champions gives access to a reward chest.

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ESO Reveals Subscriber Loyalty Program

high hrothgar wraith ESOZenimax Online Studios has revealed their subscriber loyalty program for Elder Scrolls Online. The program aims to reward those who have already been playing the game, but also those who have an active subscription running in the future.

The first loyalty reward is given in September, and it will be handed out to those who have been subscribed for three months (excluding game time included with your purchase of ESO and any additional complimentary game time).

These dedicated players will receive an in-game vanity pet, the High Hrothgar Wraith. The program will expand in the future, and to be eligible for the next reward you must have been subscribed for 6 months.

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The Road Ahead – August 20

dragonstar arenaESO’s Game Director Matt Firor has posted the monthly Road Ahead article, which discusses the content in Update 3 and Update 4.

The article also reveals roughly how long it will be until the new game features shown in QuakeCon will be going live. We can expect the first features by the end of this year, whilst the longer-term features will appear some time in 2015.

Expect to see soon: New facial animation system, improved grouping, fixes to player separation issues
Expect to see in a while: Imperial City, Champion System
Expect to see later: Justice System, Spellcrafting

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Tamriel Journal ESO Developer Tracker Up And Running Again

Our developer tracker is now up and running again. I completely rewrote the forum crawler which by the looks of it solved the performance (and memory usage) issues that caused massive issues on page loading times. It also looks like developer tracker responds way faster now which is thanks to moving away from our servers piss poor mysql database which is apparently can be incredibly slow. Our forum crawler no longer uses php and mysql.