When Elder Scrolls Online launched it allowed for people to use the North American or European megaserver. This is a standard for MMOs that launch worldwide, because of language differences and vast physical distance that can make playing a bit difficult if you are playing on a server located on another continent. What most Europeans realized soon after launch is that the European megaserver is actually located in United States. Zenimax told us that the reason for this was that megaserver infrastructure is very complicated and for the time being they had to have all the servers in the same place. Four months later Europeans will finally be able to play on Europe based servers. The move is happening at 1:00PM BST (8:00AM EDT) on July 30th. Move is rather complicated because it is supposed to transfer all of your characters and all their data. It will take about nine hours, but may be extended. After the transfer is complete people that have characters on the European megaservers should continue playing as if nothing really happened. The only thing they should notice is increased performance. This means less lag in PvP and during PvE combat (both of which were quite common). We, here at MMORPG Life, welcome this transfer because we are based in Europe and our game experience suffered due to the servers being in the US. We wish this happened within the first month after launch, as was initially promised, but better late than never.
You can read the official announcement here and here are some of the most common questions and answers concerning the transfer:
Will anything change for me when the migration is complete?
Nope! All your characters will be just the way you left them before the move. There won’t be a patch to download, either.
The migration seems to be during European primetime. Why is that?
Moving everything over to our new datacenter is a complex operation involving a large number of our engineers and support staff in Europe and North America. It’s important to us that everyone we need for the process is awake, ready, and available. This will help us make the transition as smooth as possible.
I’m European, but created characters on the North American megaserver. Can I move them to the new European megaserver?
No. The migration will only affect characters that already exist on the European megaserver, and no transfers are available right now.
Elder Scrolls Online developers showed up in full force during the recent QuakeCon 2014. They held a very important 2 hour panel (this includes a Q&A session) discussing what we can expect in the future for Elder Scrolls Online. Great many features were announced and discussed. There are a bunch of new features planned and some old systems are being reworked. Here’s a list of the most important announcements together with an image gallery of some of the things to come.
- Imperial City – new PvP zone found inside Cyrodiil that players will be able to unlock through keep ownership. You’ll be able to enter it through 3 sewer entrances that are guarded by imperials (and probably camped by PvPers). Zone contains Molag Bal’s minions and tons of quests related to them (boss mobs will be present) that reward high XP and gold rewards. You can unlock various parts of the city (Market, Arboretum, Temple District, etc.) and have special vendors, crafting stations or respawn points there.
- New Veteran Dungeon – City of Ash coming in Update 5
- Grouping system improvements that will also include Dungeon difficulty scaling (to group leader’s level) and repeatable dungeons as part of a daily quest setup for the Undaunted
- Solo Instance dungeons will also scale to you – if something is difficult and you die repeatedly they will scale to be a bit easier after several attempts
- Craglorn will get the next chapter of the story where you will fight the Serpant aspect in a new 12 man trial
- Dragonstar Arena – it will contain 4 man mini trials with leaderboards, two difficulty modes and progressively more difficult timed PvE encounters
- Veteran Gameplay is getting a complete overhaul – veteran points are being removed and Veteran Ranks are from now going to be gained through experience points. Champion system is getting introduced and this system will introduce a separate tree (called constellations) of passives. You unlock these passives by spending champion points that you earn through earning experience points in post lvl 50 game. Gear will not have Veteran Rank as requirement. New gear will come out in seasons.
- Justice System – allows you to steal items and attack NPCs. Consequence is that there is a bounty incurred on your character. You can pay the bounty or flee. Players will be able to hunt other players with high bounty so active PvP will be a consequence of the Justice system.
- Spellcrafting – new system that will allow you to create customized spells. You will have to find the base spell through exploration in the world. You can customize this spell with focus items (add AOE, make it an ultimate, reduce cost, etc.). You can
- New Armor and Weapon style – Glass armor, Dark Brotherhood style, New PvP gear, Thieves Guild style, new Undaunted styles. It was also mentioned that when you kill a boss in solo instances you might get an item that is skinned as the boss so there will be a Dwemer spider, Spider Daedra, Harvester themed armor pieces.
- New Adventure Zone Murkmire – similar to Craglorn. Four man content with 12 man trials. It will contain a new non player race called Naga.
- New Solo Pve Zone Wrothgar – in the north between High Rock and Skyrim.
Click here to see a screenshot gallery of the panel and full video
QuakeCon 2014 is in full swing and we got our first big news concerning Elder Scrolls Online. From today, ESO will be available for purchase on Steam. In addition to that, the game will be on sale for the duration of Quakecon 2014. so you can purchase the Standard edition on Steam for $30 and Imperial will set you back for $47.99. The game still requires you to have an ESO account and all that other stuff you are used to from a standalone client, but if you get it through Steam you get the friends overlay or you can even gift it to your steam friends. Another boon for those that choose to purchase the Imperial Version of the game through Steam right now is that they will get the Whiterun Wolfhound vanity pet. On the sale page it says that the vanity pet offer will last only until July 21st so you better hurry if you are planning to get it.
Existing subscribers are currently not able to import their game into Steam. If you add the game to steam it will not behave the same as if you purchase it there. We have to wait on Bethesda to give us import keys or something similar to be able to integrate our existing clients with Steam.
In other QuakeCon news related to Elder Scrolls Online we have “THE FUTURE OF ESO” panel happening on Friday where various developers should discuss what’s in store for different aspects of the game. Event is taking place on Friday, July 18th from 5:00PM to 7:00PM CDT on QuakeCon Ventrilo Main Stage. You can submit your questions to developers on the official ESO forums and Twitter ahead of time, and you may see them answered live at QuakeCon! (Please use the #ESO and #QuakeCon hashtags on Twitter.) If you are not at QuakeCon, you can watch the panel and Q&A live on Twitch at Twitch.tv/bethesda or later on the official ESO Youtube channel.
UPDATE: The North American and European megaservers are now back online, and open for the official launch of The Elder Scrolls Online. Welcome to Tamriel!
It is already April 4. in some countries and in preparation for the official launch day Zenimax brought down both the European and North American Megaserver to get everything ready for the big day. I can imagine a lot of celebration is going on in Zenimax offices right now and gamers across the globe are getting ready to enter the game and start exploring Tamriel. Exact time of when the servers will be up is still unknown, but we expect them live soon enough (a few hours from now perhaps?). In the meantime you can check out this nifty infographic Bethesda released on their blog about Elder Scrolls Online. You can find out how many character variations you can make, the number of books you can read, and how many mudcrabs you’d need to kill to reach level 50. I wonder if anyone will pick the mudcrab killing as their style of leveling up their character …
Click here to see the infographic image
This list consists of descriptions and solutions for error codes you might encounter while login to the Elder Scrolls Online.
I installed the OSX client on my Mac, but I can’t find the launcher
- To find the Launcher manually, double-click the Macintosh HD icon on your desktop
(If you cannot see your Macintosh HD, click on Finder on the toolbar along the top of the screen).
- Select Preference from the drop down menu.
- Place a check in the Hardrive box under Show These Items on Desktop.
- Double click on the Applications folder.
- Double click on the Zenimax Online folder.
- Double click on the Launcher (it will have the ouroboros icon).
For all of you who didn’t have a chance to join the ESO team on a special Reddit AMA today, we summarized the most important answers in the list below:
Your beta account is your live account, you won’t need to create a new one when the servers go live on the 30th (for pre-purchasers).
Also, if you have been in the beta and are going to play when ESO launches, don’t uninstall the game – when the servers go live, just run the same patcher as you always have, and any delta files will be downloaded from there. You don’t need a clean install. This will save you lots of time over completely re-downloading the game.
Elder Scrolls Online patch notes v0.182 brings many fixes and improvements to existing content and will be the last significant patch until launch. Many changes are made to Alliance war like campaign reassignment and guest campaign assignment cooldown is set to 12 hours, the cost to reassign your campaign is reduced from 100,000 AP to 15,000 AP and the XP from monster kills in Public Dungeons is significantly reduced. Many fixes and improvements to quests, animations, and gameplay. Tweaked many issues relating to UI. In the list below you can find out more about all changes.
Today ZAM published an interesting interview with the Game Director, Matt Firor about The Elder Scrolls Online. So close to the official release, this ESO interview answered few long standing burning questions. However, some potentially revealed another set of reasons for heated discussions.
Bethesda’s VP of PR, Pete Hines, in an interview for Gamespot said that ESO subscription will give players substantial additions every month.
“We’re also very confident in our ability to support [the sub fee] with content. And not content of the magnitude of, it’s a new month, here’s a new sword or here’s a funny hat — but content that is real and significant and it feels like regular and consistent DLC releases.”
He also claims that ESO will be different from all other F2P MMORPG titles and that its $14.99 subscription will be well worth it to anyone willing to dive in the world of Tamriel.