Time flies. It’s been a month since Tamriel opened its doors for early access players, and the support from our the community has been amazing. In a new “Road Ahead” letter from Game Director Matt Firor, learn about the exciting future for ESO — including all the new features, balance tweaks, and bug fixes — plus news on what we’re doing to thank everyone for their support!
Every ESO player who set up an active account prior to 8pm EST Thursday May 1st (today) and who are currently enjoying their 30 days of included game time, will receive anadditional five days of included game time. If you’re eligible to receive the five additional days, a confirmation will be sent to your account’s registered email address. For further details, please visit help.elderscrollsonline.com. This is a small gesture to show our thanks for being part of the ESO community while we work to make this extraordinary game and service even better.
Highlighting Matt’s post is the changelog for ESO Update 1. Current changes in Update 1 include:
Craglorn, the first Adventure Zone, specifically created for groups of Veteran Rank 1 and above characters
Trials, which are 12-player “raid”-type instances for Veteran Rank characters, featuring completion time leaderboards
Death recap: you can now see who killed you and what ability they were using. This is invaluable information in dungeons, PvP, and Craglorn
Underdog bonuses in Cyrodiil—you’ll get more Alliance Points and XP while fighting for an alliance with a lower population in your campaign
Animation tweaks and polish
Combat ability balance changes and fixes
Class ability tweaks and updates
Content bug fixes, especially edge cases where quests could become de-synced
And much, much more—check out the final patch notes when they are posted in the forums.
Learn what else is on the horizon in Matt’s post here. For more on ESO, check out what’s worth reading below.
On Reddit today at 3 PM EST, join Matt Firor and other members of the development team as they answer questions on the game — including your questions for the game’s first Adventure Zone, Craglorn!
The ESO team wants to see your character build! Learn about “The Shadow Knight”, created by Kraive Moar, here.
The latest Tamriel Chronicle features several inspiring contributions from deviantART.
Happy Saturday, everyone! Here’s some fun links worth reading while you relax.
Let’s start with GamesRadar, who this weekend are taking a look at the visual evolution of Wolfenstein. In addition to showing how B.J. Blazkowicz cleans up after more than 20 years, they showcase changes to other key character from series — including both Caroline Becker and General Deathshead. Take the visual journey here.
Elsewhere, read a new PAX East hands-on preview from The Koalition. Here’s an excerpt…
“It is also worth noting that the difficulty level elevates over time to emphasize the dominance of the enemies. This feature was handled with finesse and is therefore a lot more balanced and refined than most of your typical first-person shooters out today.”
Other stories worth checking? Hit up these links…
GamesRadar — Game Director Jens Matthies and Narrative Designer Tommy Tordsson discuss making the newest Wolfenstein game in an all-new feature. Ars Technica — Dennis Scimeca calls the game “a blend of the satisfying old and the terrifying new”. 2nd Opinion Productions — Learn why this non-FPS fan found something to love in the PAX East demo of Wolfenstein. Fast Company — Get an inside look on how the Neumond Recordings label was created for Wolfenstein.
Lastly, Rooster Teeth have returned a new gameplay video — this time focusing on some of the game’s achievements. Watch it below.
On Saturday, April 12th, we celebrated Wolfenstein: The New Order with a special PAX East community event — brought to you by Neumond Recordings. Thanks to iam8bit, the band, and everyone that attended for making it such a memorable night.
Many people were excited to have hands-on experience with Wolfenstein: The New Order. For those of you that were not able to attend PAX East (or for those of you that just want more), we’ve rounded up some of the news that came out of playthroughs of Wolfenstein: The New Order.
Wolfenstein wasn’t the only game coverage available at PAX East. Our terrifyingly awesome gameplay presentation of The Evil Within left everyone screaming for more! The Nerdist and GameSpot offer all the inside knowledge of what went on behind the closed doors of our dark theater.
Finally to celebrate the success of our PAX East 2014 adventure, we’ve released new screenshots which can be viewed in the album below.
If you’re in or around St. Petersburg, FL this weekend, rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes, a concert series highlighting music from your favorite games, including music from The Elder Scrolls, will be playing the Mahaffey Theater on Saturday night at 8pm.
Not a able to make it to Florida? rePLAY will be touring this to a number of North American locations this summer — including Austin, Atlanta, Montreal, and Mexico City. Head here for a full schedule and follow rePLAY on Facebook and Twitter for community updates.
As all pre-registration BYOC seats are now accounted for, we’ll be giving people the opportunity to win BYOC seats via social media giveaways, contests, and via our event partners leading up to the show. Be sure to keep an eye on our QuakeCon Twitter account and Facebook page for all the details on how to win!