The Future of ESO Panel Round-Up

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The Spellcrafting Mini Game

The Future of ESO Panel at Quakecon gave us some new info on many subjects. We have rounded up the most interesting bits below.

Subjects discussed in the panel

  • Imperial City
  • Spellcrafting
  • Justice System
  • Veteran & Champion System
  • New Armour & Weapons
  • Future Content & Grouping
  • Facial Animation Improvements

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ESO On Steam: FAQ

eso wolfhoundThe PC version of Elder Scrolls Online is now available on Steam. There’s also a limited time only sale on ESO to celebrate the occasion.

The Standard and Imperial editions of the game will be on sale until Monday, July 21st. You can pick up the Standard Edition for -50%, and the Imperial Edition for -40%.

You can also upgrade to the Imperial Edition and purchase the Palomino Horse on Steam.

Anyone who purchases the Imperial Edition of the game during the sale will receive an in-game vanity pet: the Wolfhound.

ESO Steam FAQ

Questions & Answers taken from ESO Support.

Q: Can I link my current ESO account with Steam?

A: The only way to play The Elder Scrolls Online through Steam on an existing account is by adding the title as a non-Steam game. Players who purchase ESO through Steam will not be able to apply a Steam key to an ESO account that already has an ESO game key redeemed to it.

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ESO Champion System – Account Wide Progression

Paul Sage has confirmed in an interview with ElderScrollsOTR that ESO is about to get its own account wide character progression system: the champion system. Based on Paul Sage’s description, the system seems very similar to Diablo 3′s Paragon system.

The champion system in ESO will be the last phase of the veteran rank overhaul.

The Champion System in a nutshell

  • Veteran Points will be gone and turned into regular experience.
  • Any experience gained after veteran ranks will be converted to champion points, which can then be used for various different passives, such as critical hit or spell defense.
  • Unlocking champion ranks will also unlock them for any other characters on your account.
  • After a champion rank has been unlocked, you’ll be able to spend the champion points on useful passives individually on your alts.
  • This gives an incentive to keep on developing your veteran rank characters, because not only will your veteran rank character become more powerful, your other characters will also be able to benefit from champion points.
  • You’ll only be able to gain champion points after level 50.
  • Champion System will also include “seasons” with season specific champion gear, which will be hard to acquire. Champion gear will have no level requirement, so it looks like it could be ESO’s take on heirlooms.

We’ll be able to learn more from The Future of ESO Panel in QuakeCon. Stay tuned!

ElderScrollsOTR’s interview shared some juicy info on other subjects as well, such as Dragonstar Arena, the future of Imperial City and 3v3v3 Arena. Read more about it below.

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Provisioning Revamp – Major Provisioning Changes

eso provisioning changesZenimax is considering a revamp for Provisioning. You can read the full explanation of the revamp below, but here’s some of the changes the revamp would cause:

  • The number of provisioning ingredients would be cut down to half, but the number of recipes would stay the same or increase.
  • Most, if not all, of the current provisioning recipes would be changed.
  • There would be less randomness involved in getting provisioning ingredients from containers. “What you see is what you get”. Clicking on a sack of beans would no longer give you meat, and so on.
  • You could also have both a food and a drink buff active at the same time.

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ESO The Road Ahead – July 8

ESO Update 3The latest update from ZOS includes info on the following subjects:

ESO will have a strong presence at QuakeCon, with lots of announcements and community interaction.

EU Megaserver is being moved to Frankfurt, Germany in late July / early August.

Veteran System changes

  • Veteran points are being removed, instead, VR points will become standard experience points.
  • PvP experience gain will be increased.
  • “Completely new Veteran System based on new character customization and growth mechanics.”

Update 3:  Guild Extravanganza

Update 3 will be deployed on the PTS soon, and it includes lots of new guild and player customization features:

  • Better guild management
  • Enhanced guild bank management
  • Guild Store updates & Trading Kiosks
  • Guild Heraldry design
  • Armor Dyes


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ESO Patch Notes v1.2.5

ESO patch notesPatch v1.2.5 fixes bugs & other issues, but also reduces the difficulty of Veteran content. The difficulty of the first and second VR zones are brought more in line with the 1-50 zones, making the VR zones more solo-friendly.

OVERVIEW

The Elder Scrolls Online v1.2.5 is an incremental patch and addresses many issues with quests, UI, and gameplay. We have also introduced some changes to the Veteran system to make it more solo-friendly. We have implemented some small performance improvements that may result in better FPS for some. Please note that is part of an ongoing effort to resolve client performance issues, and we are working on additional improvements and fixes as well. We understand how much frustration this causes, and it remains our number one priority.

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ESO Upcoming Veteran Content Changes

ESO Veteran Content ChangesStarting on Monday, July 7th, the veteran system in ESO sees its first major changes. Zenimax already announced their plans to tweak veteran content back in late May.

As expected, the difficulty level of veteran content is being lowered. After the balance changes are implemented,  VR content will be more suited for solo play, matching the 1-50 gameplay experience.

On launch, Zenimax wanted to encourage players to group up for Veteran Content. This is the main reason for the  current step up in difficulty comparing to level 1-50 content. Simply put, VR content wasn’t tailored for solo players. A solo player could certainly reach the level cap, but grouping up makes it that much faster and easier comparing to 1-50. This will now change, at least up to a point.

There are more VR system changes coming in the near future; this is just the beginning.

You can read Community Manager Jessica Folsom’s full post on VR content changes below.

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ESO Patch Notes v1.2.3

ESO patch notesPatch 1.2.3 Notes are up (though they may change, according to this post by Jessica Folsom).

This is a major content update patch and includes the following new features:

  • Veteran Crypt of Hearts group dungeon
  • FOV Slider
  • Improved Interior Lighting
  • Solo vs. Group Content Callouts
  • The ability to pick up weapons and armour in the world

The patch also includes a large number of bug fixes and refinements to the game, such as improved Guild Store search functions.

EDIT:

Updated patch notes.

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