Elder Scrolls Online Director Reveals PvE Arena, Update Plans And Champion System

Written by Neil Soutter on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 10:00 AM
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The Elder Scrolls Online has had its fair share of ups and downs in the months since its launch, but things are beginning to look a little brighter on the road ahead for Zenimax Online Studio’s beleaguered MMORPG.

Game director Matt Firor has outlined the future plans for the online take on the Elder Scrolls universe following the release of ESO: Update 3, looking at what it has planned for Update 4 and beyond; including even more regions, The Serpent Trial, new battle arenas and even a new Champion System to provide long-term growth goals for your characters over the coming years.

Zenimax has just finishing migrating all of the European players of to a new EU server, which should mean lower ping times and less latency for all involved. In addition to this Firor mentions the introduction of a loyalty program, rewarding long-time players with special rewards. Starting small with an Ice Wraith vanity pet, these should be getting bigger over time as players rack up those months worth of playing time.

In terms of new content Update 4 will be bringing the final part of the Craglorn region, where you and some fellow veteran rank buddies can explore a new open-world area with new quest and story lines. Hidden in there somewhere is The Serpent Trial, in which a group of 12 players can attempt speed runs through a new dungeon experience with limited player resurrections. A new 4v4 PvE arena is also being added, letting groups of players face off against waves of enemies in the Dragonstar Arena.

Finally there’s the mysterious new Champion System which Zenimax is still pondering. The aim of this is to encourage the growth of your character, and the long-term goal of this is to replace the current Veteran Rank system. Similar to the Diablo 3 Paragon system, once players hit the level cap they can earn champion points which can be spent on stat boosts. The theory is this will provide almost limitless progression, although Zenimax is still deciding exactly how this will be implemented.

You can check out Stuart's pretty extensive review of The Elder Scrolls Online from back at launch here, although be warned that the game appears to have come on in leaps and bounds since its arrival. Any GD'ers still subbing to The Elder Scrolls Online? Has it improved dramatically since launch? Let us know! 

 

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04:22 Aug-23-2014

"Zenimax has just finishing migrating" you may want to correct this.

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00:34 Aug-23-2014

This game was bad from both an Elder Scrolls perspective and an MMO perspective. Bland repetitive quests which you look forward to completing for the simple fact of getting it over with. Everything in the game feels tedious. After I decided I couldn't stand the questing anymore, I decided to try my hand in PvP. It was fun for a while and I got to be emperor, but afterwards it lost its fun factor since there's not much else to do. Even if this went F2P, I would still be very hesitant to start playing again. It feels more like a chore than a game.

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17:48 Aug-22-2014

Man I totally forgot about this game xD

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00:35 Aug-23-2014

Lucky! ;)

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12:06 Aug-22-2014

if only there was not subscriptionless mmo's better then it even some free mmo's are better then it this was a ridiculous money grab no one even wanted an mmo we want elder scrolls with coop

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16:01 Aug-22-2014

so true all we ever wanted is to play co-op not this thing...

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11:13 Aug-22-2014

I'm not touching this until its free to play.

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12:57 Aug-22-2014

Just like me

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14:19 Aug-22-2014

This game still has around -700.000 subscribers so it wont go F2P so soon (for sure not in the next 12 months).

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16:47 Aug-22-2014

Yeah might have to wait a little time for this to go free to play hopefully in that time the base game price will drop a little.

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