The Elder Scrolls Online has got off to a bumpy start. It’s been beset by problems since launch as far-ranging as item duplication loopholes, bugged quests, disappearing banks, and over-populated dungeons.

It can be pretty painful to play at times, but beneath the surface there’s a great game lingering, just waiting to be polished and made ready for public consumption. Elder Scrolls Online lead developer Matt Firor has taken to the game’s official forums to address these problems and announce the studio’s future plans…

First and foremost, please know that we are doing everything we can to combat the gold spammers and bots – especially ones that "camp" dungeon bosses – that you see in game,” Firor wrote. “I play the game every day; I see them too, and yes, they drive me crazy.

Fighting black market activity like gold selling spam and farming bots is a marathon, not a sprint, but we will do whatever we can to reduce their impact on the game.

The other major controversy to hit The Elder Scrolls Online in the weeks since launch has undoubtedly been the gold duplication glitch, allowing some rogue players to amass huge fortunes from manipulating stacks of items in their inventories to create copies, which could then be sold. “We fixed the problem and banned the accounts of the worst offenders And yes, we erroneously caught up some legitimate accounts in that ban, for which we apologize – all erroneously banned accounts were reinstated within about 8 hours.

We're working on fixing problems, we're combatting black market gold farmers, and we have a hefty new patch coming shortly,” Firor finished. “ESO is already an awesome game, and it will only get better from here. Thanks for your patience and support, and I'll see you in Tamriel.

A key component of the huge new update coming to The Elder Scrolls Online is the Craglorn adventure zone, which introduces an entire new landmass for you to explore group-dependent questlines. Check out the lengthy look and gameplay trailer of Craglorn here.

Be sure to check out Stuart's extensive Elder Scrolls Online review, which he's been busy reviewing week by week. It's a great read, although it does involve a suspicious amount of running around in pants. 

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