• ESO 1.6 Update Will Require More Than 60 Page of Patch Notes ESO 1.6 Update Will Require More Than 60 Page of Patch NotesHow big is the upcoming 1.6 update for The Elder Scrolls Online? Big enough that you might want to find a good reading chair and a quiet spot just to check out the patch notes.
    According to a post on the game’s official site, the patch notes are now up to 63 pages and counting.
    Those notes will have a lot to describe. The 1.6 update, which still hasn’t been officially dated, will be introducing a Champion system for high rank leveling up, a Justice system to add crime and punishment to the world, new animations for the game and more.
    Are you ...
  • ESO Live Shows Off Improved Animations and More ESO Live Shows Off Improved Animations and Morehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg-BdpIVyoM
    If life got in the way and you weren’t able to be there for Friday’s ESO Live livestream, you can watch the whole thing here. This video preserves the Twitch chat, often used for interactive features in the livestream.
    The livestream focused in part on changes in the upcoming 1.6 update for The Elder Scrolls Online. The highlight was a look at the new animation system, which revamps first and third-person animations to look more natural. If you’re impatient, you can skip ahead to about 59 minutes into the video.
    And sorry, no release date for 1.6 was shared in the stream.
  • More Australian Retailers Yanks ESO From Shelves More Australian Retailers Yanks ESO From ShelvesIn a move that will not quiet the rumors that Elder Scrolls Online is going free-to-play, another Australian retailer is reportedly pulling the game from its shelves.
    Following a similar decision from EB Games, Australian retailers JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman are also getting rid of its ESO stock, according to a report.
    This coupled with the fact that ESO stopped selling six month subscriptions recently has some thinking that The Elder Scrolls Online will move to a free-to-play gameplay model soon, but ZeniMax has not commented on the speculation. We expect to hear more on this story soon.
  • ESO Patch Kills Bambi ESO Patch Kills BambiBefore the big 1.6 update adds the new Justice and Champion systems, Zenimax has pushed out one more minor update for The Elder Scrolls Online.
    This latest update focuses mostly on gameplay tweaks, but it also bizarrely eliminates deer and torchbugs from Cyrodiil. Yep, ZeniMax says this was done to reduce server strain. Deer must be hell on networks.
    The full patch notes are below:
    The Elder Scrolls Online v1.5.8 is an incremental patch that addresses a variety of outstanding issues surrounding gameplay, dungeons, and quests. In an effort to improve performance in Cyrodiil, we have also escorted all deer and torchbugs to ...
  • Bethesda Shoots Down ESO Console Release Date Rumor Bethesda Shoots Down ESO Console Release Date RumorEagle-eyed people who for whatever reason closely watch Microsoft’s online store noticed last week that the company had listed the Xbox One version of The Elder Scrolls Online as Feb. 24, 2015.
    Bethesda has reacted with, well, it’s too strong to call it a denial. They aren’t denying that Feb. 24 could be a release date, but they are saying they haven’t announced that day as an official release date.
    Parse the PR-speak fromBethesda’s PR and marketing manager Pete Hines, who told GameSpot, “We haven’t announced a release date.”
    He added “Beyond that, I can’t comment as we don’t comment on rumors and ...
  • Microsoft Lists Feb. 24 release Date for The Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox One Microsoft Lists Feb. 24 release Date for The Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox OneA newly updated product page from Microsoft shows The Elder Scrolls Online releasing Feb. 24 on Xbox One.

    Debates are already raging about whether this is the real date for the console releases or just another placeholder. Bethesda has said they want the Champion and Justice systems from the upcoming 1.6 update to be fully implemented before the console versions are out, so although it would be possible, it seems a little soon.
    Adding fuel to the fire that ESO is soon going free-to-play, the product page does not mention the game requiring a subscription other than Xbox Live. It does, however, ...

  • Rumor: Elder Scrolls Online Pulled From Retail Store in Australia Rumor: Elder Scrolls Online Pulled From Retail Store in AustraliaRumors that The Elder Scrolls Online will soon go free-to-play keep getting additional fuel. A report says a major Australian retailer is pulling it from its shelves entirely.
    EB Games says this move is part of a normal stock recall, but it’s pretty weird to pull an online game that’s still selling and functioning. Kotaku Australia says its sources show that other games being recalled are only having excess stock removed, but everything related to ESO will be completely wiped from the store by Aug. 14.
    This is definitely in the rumor category, of course, and so far there’s been no confirmation ...
  • Elder Scrolls Online Wins ‘Great MMO Faceoff’ Elder Scrolls Online Wins 'Great MMO Faceoff'I’m aware that much of our fanbase really hasn’t jumped on The Elder Scrolls Online, but apparently the people who are playing really like it. Their votes were enough to push ESO to victory in a recent online poll, naming it the best MMORPG of the year.
    ESO triumphed over The Lord of the Rings Online in MMORPG.com’s “Great MMO Face-Off.” It took 54.3 percent of the vote to LOTR Online’s 45.7.
    Earlier in the contest previously won the newbie category, beating supernatural MMO The Secret World.
    Does this intrigue you enough to give the game a second look? Discuss on our ...
  • Here’s a Strong Hint The Elder Scrolls Online Might Go Free-To-Play Here's a Strong Hint The Elder Scrolls Online Might Go Free-To-PlayIs free-to-play the future of MMORPGs? After experiencing some free-to-play MMORPGs that get dangerously close to a “pay-to-win” model, I’m not so sure.
    But some people certainly think so. And The Elder Scrolls Online was heavily criticized by those people when it launched last year with a traditional subscription model instead of a free-to-play scheme. Those people may get their wish soon.
    As PC Gamer reports, ZeniMax has pulled its six month subscription option from its site. All that are left are options up to 90 days.
    That’s a familiar pattern, as other MMORPGs have yanked longer subs before going free-to-play. It’s also ...
  • ESO Wins ‘Great MMO Faceoff’ Newbie Category ESO Wins 'Great MMO Faceoff' Newbie CategoryESO has had a rockier year than many anticipated, with a lot of early players jumping ship and the promised console version being delayed until 2015.
    But here’s some good news. The game still managed to eke out a win as the best new MMO in an online poll.
    ESO beat Funcom’s The Secret World in the “Newbies” category of MMORPG.com’s “The Great MMO Faceoff” poll semi-finals. ESO just squeaked out a victory, beating the more obscure horror MMO game 51.3 to 48.7 percent. That means that along the way it was also judged better than other new entries like ArcheAge, Wildstar ...