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Zenimax explain Undaunted Pledges: The Elder Scrolls Online's latest round of dungeons

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Zenimax explain Undaunted Pledges: The Elder Scrolls Online's latest round of dungeons

Perhaps you’ve never been to an American university, and don’t put much stock in greek letters beyond alpha and beta. Then you, too, will have have been left wondering what a ‘pledge’ is. It turns out they’re dungeon quests handed out to warriors once they reach level 45, with the promise of soul gems and shoulder pieces fashioned from the remains of slain monsters.

They don’t show you that in the teen moves. But they’ve been introduced to The Elder Scrolls Online in Update 5, and elucidated at length by Zenimax.

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The Elder Scrolls Online NPCs to be murdered and mugged by players after Christmas

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The Elder Scrolls Online NPCs to be murdered and mugged by players after Christmas

Our Nick catalogued the many launch faults of Zenimax’s more-deserving debut in his Elder Scrolls Online review. But its biggest problem, to my mind, was the pervading sense of impermanence so at odds with Skyrim. Any mark you made on Tamriel was soon buffed out - preemptively reset for the next hero to come along.

A new year will bring far-reaching “freedom and sandbox-style elements" to the MMO, however. The long-talked-about justice system will touch down on test servers in January - and the blessed lives NPCs have been living will come to an end.

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The Elder Scrolls Online's gargantuan 1.5.2 patch tweaks dungeons and gives NPCs a facelift

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The Elder Scrolls Online's gargantuan 1.5.2 patch tweaks dungeons and gives NPCs a facelift

Tamriel is a bit quiet inside of The Elder Scrolls Online today, because the servers are down and no one is playing right now. Patch 1.5.2 has just landed, and it’s a big one. Weighing in at over 13GBs, it promises a slew of features such as new veteran dungeons, NPC facial animations, repeatable writs and crafting updates.

If you’re an active player, I would advise starting the download now while you get stuck into the mammoth patch notes below.

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Elder Scrolls Online and Skyrim books will cover the lore and the land of Tamriel

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Elder Scrolls Online and Skyrim books will cover the lore and the land of Tamriel

Bethesda have announced a publishing deal with Titan Books to produce book series tied into Elder Scrolls Online and Skyrim. The MMO will have two books, one covering the lands of Tamriel and the other assembling the lore for players who want to know more of the game’s backstory.

The Skyrim book series will collect together all the in-game books as anthologies to put on your shelf.

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Cops 'n Robbers: The Elder Scrolls Online justice system unveiled

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Cops 'n Robbers: The Elder Scrolls Online justice system unveiled

Zenimax have come out of hiding regarding their new justice system, which is heading to The Elder Scrolls Online in the near future. Players will finally be able to don more infamous vocations, such as stealing from and/or murdering NPCs. But these Outlaws won’t have it easy. Players will also be given the chance to police these devious players as Enforcers, where they’re tasked with trying to prevent and catch criminals in the act.

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The Elder Scrolls Online developer hit with layoffs now that the game "runs smoothly"

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The Elder Scrolls Online developer hit with layoffs now that the game "runs smoothly"

The Elder Scrolls Online developer, ZeniMax Online, was hit with layoffs this morning. While unfortunate for those affected, Bethesda’s Pete Hines assures that these changes are down to the game no longer needing as large a workforce and isn’t down to problems at the company. 

“As is the norm for games of this type, we had ramped up a large workforce to develop a game of vast scale, and ramped up our customer service to handle the expected questions and community needs of The Elder Scrolls Online at launch," Hines said. "Now that we are nearly 6 months post launch, we have a thriving online community in a game that runs smoothly."

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Gotta have wraith: Zenimax to give pets as rewards to Elder Scrolls Online subscribers

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Gotta have wraith: Zenimax to give pets as rewards to Elder Scrolls Online subscribers

The pre-release conversation around The Elder Scrolls Online was all about that subscription - a monthly tithe of the kind so many other prominent developers had roundly condemned. 

But launch came and went, and it seemed there were more than enough Elder Scrolls Online subscribers. Now, Zenimax Online intend to sustain momentum not only with September’s Update 4, but with a series of conspicuous rewards for subscribers to flaunt all round Tamriel.

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Want to go higher? The Elder Scrolls Online update 4 will introduce Upper Craglorn

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Want to go higher? The Elder Scrolls Online update 4 will introduce Upper Craglorn

To stop veterans from becoming degenerate drunks or tiresome bores who do nothing but send people to sleep with tales of long forgotten deeds, ZeniMax Online added the veteran adventure zone of Craglorn to The Elder Scrolls Online. Those who completed its quests, delves and trials are no doubt wondering what’s next. With Craglorn conquered, what other realm is filled with things needing a good smacking?

But hold your horses (or silt striders), you’re not finished with Craglorn yet. There’s still Upper Craglorn to get through. And it’s coming this September with Update 4. 

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The Elder Scrolls Online begins its European megaserver migration today

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The Elder Scrolls Online begins its European megaserver migration today

It’s warm enough now - but once the temperature starts to drop, orcs, redguards and cat-faced khajiit will travel south to Frankfurt, where the heat from larger datacenters is perfect for nesting. The great Elder Scrolls Online European server migration will begin today at 9am EDT / 1pm BST, and be finished by 5pm EDT / 10pm BST this evening.

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What to expect from The Elder Scrolls Online's daedra-controlled Imperial City

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What to expect from The Elder Scrolls Online's daedra-controlled Imperial City

The Elder Scrolls Online is still a young whippersnapper - and you can see what our Nick thought about it in his Elder Scrolls Online review - but ZeniMax Online are already thinking about the future. At QuakeCon, the team held a panel teasing the audience with what’s to come for the fantasy MMO. 

One of the big things is the centre of the titanic PvP war that’s consumed the Imperial province of Cyrodiil. At the heart of the region sits the Imperial City - that place you probably spent a lot of time in while playing Oblivion - and the for the time being, it’s impenetrable. But that will change. 

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Elder Scrolls Online apparently has more than 750,000 subscribers

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Elder Scrolls Online apparently has more than 750,000 subscribers

The Elder Scrolls Online has had a lot of problems since launch - duplication bugsgold farmers, and stuck NPCs - but apparently that’s not stopped it from racking more than 750,000 subscribers. According to a report from SuperData, the game boasts 772,374 paying accounts.

That number should only grow with it’s recent move to the Steam storefront.

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The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to Steam today

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The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to Steam today

So, let’s assume you haven’t played The Elder Scrolls Online before today. What can we tell you? It’s okay. Very solid, like a dining table. But equally like a dining table, not something you’d want to spend an awful lot of time with unless you’ve got friends around.

Elder Scrolls Online patches have expanded its range of dungeons, but done nothing to improve on its back-and-forth quests. Try The Elder Scrolls Online for yourself on Steam, by all means. It’s absolutely fine.

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Digital colours don't run: The Elder Scrolls Online Update 3 will be a “guild extravaganza”

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Digital colours don't run: The Elder Scrolls Online Update 3 will be a “guild extravaganza”

“Update 3 is almost here," say Zenimax, “and is sure to impress your guild!" 

Time was, impressing your guild simply meant barrelling through a series of quests in your off-time from being the Grey Fox. Now, though, the Elder Scrolls is a massively multiplayer affair. From Update 3 onwards, that means flying the colours of your group at all times - whether through armour dyes or bibs emblazoned with their emblem.

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Elder Scrolls Online gains an FOV slider, lootable weapon racks and a Veteran crypt

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Elder Scrolls Online gains an FOV slider, lootable weapon racks and a Veteran crypt

The Elder Scrolls Online certainly looks like Tamriel, but one of the first signs we weren’t in Skyrim anymore came with the realisation that every bowl and bottle was nailed in place. Yes, all that power needed to be re-routed to support umpteen players on a server at once, yada yada. But no explanation could make up for the lack of physics-enabled bread rolls to bounce about the place.

ESO Update 2 is a step in the right direction: those ubiquitous weapon and armour racks just begging to be ransacked? They now can be.

But that’s not the headline news for the unfortunate subset of players left nauseous by fixed fields-of-view. They’ll be more interested in the new FOV slider for ESO’s first-person mode; something Nick desperately wanted in his Elder Scrolls Online review.

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Elder Scrolls Online devs rework its endgame, "want it to be more exciting to get to level 50"

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Elder Scrolls Online devs rework its endgame, "want it to be more exciting to get to level 50"

The Zenimax team are feeling a little downtrodden. Our Nick’s Elder Scrolls Online review probably didn’t help. But they’re living with it.

“I know sometimes there is as much criticism as there is praise out there in internet-land for the game," they write. “But that shows a passionate fan base that cares about the game, which is very important to acknowledge."

Acknowledge, and address. Zenimax plan to start with the game’s Veteran system - and provide more compelling things to do in Tamriel past level 50.

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The Elder Scrolls Online's first Adventure Zone, Craglorn, has been opened up to the veteran masses

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The Elder Scrolls Online's first Adventure Zone, Craglorn, has been opened up to the veteran masses

The Elder Scrolls Online’s first major piece of post-launch content is now live, after two months since launch and our pretty disappointing Elder Scrolls review. Veteran adventurers can now explore the new region of Craglorn - the first Adventure Zone - where they can wander around new delves (hopefully finding fewer players camping spawns), participate in a new storyline and dabble in the 12-player trials. 

While ZeniMax’s focus for the rickety MMO has been end game content, there’s also been a number of bug fixes and tweaks across the board. 

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MMOs are stagnating and need to stop relying on Pavlovian trickery

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MMOs are stagnating and need to stop relying on Pavlovian trickery

The modern MMO is a curious dichotomy. It’s a risky genre in flux: subscriptions are out, free-to-play with microtransactions is in, and the threat of declining player retention looms over the games like a giant blade waiting to fall. Yet MMOs struggle to do anything new. They go through the same song and dance, aping design and features from games covered in cobwebs. 

It’s a genre that should be so broad that few MMOs look alike, but barring a few exceptions like PlanetSide 2 and EVE Online, they all share so much DNA they could be the product of rutting cousins. When you fire up a new MMO, the sense of “been there, done that" is so pervasive that it begs the question: “why are we doing this again?"

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Elder Scrolls Online patch unsticks stuck NPCs, makes a hard knock life harder for werewolves

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Elder Scrolls Online patch unsticks stuck NPCs, makes a hard knock life harder for werewolves

Do you find that the good people of Tamriel run away from you mid-conversation? Or stand rigid, as if pinned in place by poor pathfinding? There are two possible explanations.

a) You’re a werewolf. The world is terrified of you, and this latest patch is only going to make things worse.

b) It’s just the bugs. In which case, this latest patch is only going to make things better; Nick was affected by a load of the pesky things his Elder Scrolls review?

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