Thursday, January 29, 2015

Elder Scrolls Online: Update 6 – Nightblade Preview


 Hey ESO fans, today ZeniMax published the baseline Update 6 Patch Notes, which are a truly massive collection of changes. In this article, @Xaraan continues a series of discussions that examine the potential impact of 1.6 changes on gameplay.  Here we will focus on the Nightblade class, which received several skill changes and even the addition of a new skill. The list of Nightblade changes are as follows:
The biggest difference you’ll see here is the addition of a brand new skill: Grim Focus.  This will replace the often complained out Haste.  Though some will miss the stamina regeneration bonus from Haste, with siphoning strikes still available from the siphoning tree and the passive bonus from the Refreshing Shadows passive, Haste wasn’t always worthwhile enough for a spot on the bar.  Grim Focus however will provide an increase to light and heavy attack damage for the duration and charge up a magical power attack you can choose to fire when ready.  The big question here will be how worthwhile the magical attack is for stamina based Nightblades if it scales off of spell power and spell crit.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Joss Whedon says 'Probably Not' to Avengers: Infinity War Return


  Remember that Sony hack, where an email popped up with Captain America: Winter Soldier directors, the Russo brothers, mentioning negotiations for Spider-Man to take part in Captain America: Civil War? In that exchange the Russos came up as possible directors for the next Avengers movie(s), the two part Infinity War. What about Joss Whedon we all wondered? Well, maybe Joss happened.


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Friday, January 23, 2015

Reddit’s ESO: Tamriel Unlimited Ask Us Anything Summary


  Matt Firor opened up the AUA with this statement on the next patch:

A quick note about version 1.6. It has a ton of new features and items that we have talked about, but also some things that we haven’t talked about enough. Here’s a general list, in no certain order. I’m sure I missed some, but these are the larger ticket items:
Justice System
Champion System
Crown Store and Collections
Combat animation and timing fixes – this was one of the most requested features over the last seven months. We’ve done many months of tweaks and fixes to animations, timing, and overall “feel” to make combat feel better and weightier. These fixes go live in 1.6, you’ll see them on PTS and will be included in the console release.
More player separation fixes: we’ve gone back through quests and reduced the phasing as much as possible that results in players being separated from one another.
Provisioning Update
Re-balancing player abilities to be more consistent and better balanced across different builds

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Elder Scrolls Online Drops Subscription Model, Console Release Coming June 9th


  We tried to tell players that Elder Scrolls Online looked like it might be moving toward a Free-to-play or Buy-to-play model (both versions that let players play without paying a subscription fee), but in discussing the possibilities we were often dismissed as hack journalists or just haters.  This is the Outhouse after all, so those are often apt descriptions, but it doesn't mean what we say is false, whether one likes it or not.

   ESO players have been dealing with haters making "Free-2-play soon" style comments since before launch, so they had unfortunately built up a sort of armor against the comments that prevented rational discussion.  This means that many fans of the game have been ignoring the possibility while non-fans were the only ones absorbing the news.  How this will effect the roll-out of the news remains to be seen, but so far it seems many players are shocked despite previous evidence and the various ES forums are currently melting down over the change.
So let's get to the change and why you shouldn't panic...


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Monday, January 12, 2015

Fans Probably Will Not See George RR Martin's 'Winds of Winter' On Shelves This Year


  Pretty soon fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels will have the tables turned on them.  For years now we have laughed while watching Game of Thrones show watchers experience the Red Wedding, the fate of Ned Stark, and dozens of other tragic events.  With season five coming April 12th the series will start to cross into the gray zone where they are reaching the end of Martin's writings for certain plot lines and starting into their own version of events. 

   There has already been quite a deviation with certain aspects of the story here or there, but overall the focus has remained the same with the story.  Without the novels to offer a clear path however, the show creators sat down with Martin last year to fish out the final details of the story.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Elder Scrolls Online Removed From All EB Stores, F2P Rumors Continue


  Free-to-play (or Buy-to-play) rumors have been going around about Elder Scrolls Online for several weeks now due to Zenimax dropping the six month subscription option from their site.  In typical Zenimax/Bethesda fashion they have not bothered to comment on the rumors despite inquiries through press channels or customers on their forums.  Anyone that follows news from the developer won't be shocked at their silence, they are often tight lipped until they decide to make an announcement and not much budges them.
   The rumor has picked up a bit more steam tonight after Kotaku ran an article on EB Games removing all ESO SKUs from their store.  Though they responded to inquiries with a statement that it was part of a normal inventory recall with other games, other games are only having excess inventory recalled, ESO is having everything removed.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Elder Scrolls Online Removes Six-Month Subscription & Sparks Rumors of Going Free-2-Play


  Elder Scrolls Online
used to offer 3 different subscription options: 1month, 3 months, and 6 months.  Recently they removed the six-month option.  This news isn't new to die-hard players as it has been going around on their forums for a couple of weeks now.  What is interesting are the rumors of the game going F2P (Free-to-play) or even "Buy-to-play" (where they charge for game purchase and possibly other expansions but not a monthly subscription fee).  Where it gets interesting is that with all the F2P rumors to follow ESO since pre-launch, this is the first time there has been actual evidence that created those rumors, where before it was always someone's gut feeling about the game.
   What evidence do you ask?  Even if you didn't, here is what most players are seeing:

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Mark Ruffalo Talks Hulk & 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'


  So far we know that Andy Serkis worked with Ruffalo to help him, and the crew, better understand motion capture performance, but we haven't had too much more leak out yet despite the actor being spoken to by Marvel for using social media a little too enthusiastically. Total Film covered all the bases by getting him to reveal some juicy details of his upcoming role and asking how often he gets chewed out by Marvel.

  All the time! I’m the green sheep of the Marvel family. But I think they’re starting to catch on – I think all of us are starting to catch on – that you can’t hurt a movie by doing that stuff. You really can’t. It just makes people buy into it more. It makes them part of it, they’re invested in it. It’s not that precious for God’s sake.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Long Road Ahead For Elder Scrolls Online, An open letter to Zenimax


  One of the latest MMOs, Elder Scrolls Online has been out nearly two months now. The studio has had time to further polish the game after launch and has recently released the largest patch-fix yet along with their first new content piece: Craglorn & Trials. Between the amount of time I've put into playing the game and the studio has put into working on it, I felt it was as good a time as any to review the game, but found myself getting into a few specifics and moving out of simple review territory. If you simply want a basic review of the game, I felt I covered most of this during my PTS review (read it here) and wanted to move onto a more in-depth conversation about the game. Prepare yourself, this will be a long one.

  I've been curious about many of the reviews since launch as the playtime by testers was way too small compared to the size of the game. My own experience has been pretty extensive with ESO -- I've played in the PTS testing, beta testing, and consistently since launch. I have one character currently at VR12 (max level as of now) that has been at max level (VR10 at the time) for weeks now. Another at VR2 and two more still leveling in the standard 1-50 non-vet range. I've completed all of the group dungeon content (not including the newly released Trials - though I have played in them) and spent quite a bit of time in PvP. I've maxed out every crafting profession between the two vet characters, experimented with different playstyles and classes, etc. So I feel as if I've tested the game thoroughly at this point, and hopefully you do as well.

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