Since we released Update 5, we've been paying very close attention to your concerns about the changes to Experience versus Veteran Point gain. We’d like to address some of those concerns.
First and foremost, we want everyone to know that we have zero interest in trying to extend your playtime by making you grind for experience. That includes grinding quests, monsters, dungeons, or anything else. If people aren't having a good time, we know they won’t stick around, so artificially inflating time spent playing is a self-defeating practice we aren't interested in. Our number one priority is fun (this is a game, after all!) and promoting a diverse array of activity options that allow you to pursue experience gains however you like.
While our intended goal is for it to take the average person 12-15 hours to gain a Veteran Rank, our QA team regularly gains Veteran Ranks on live in 8-10 hours or less. We've also witnessed you, our players, beating that time quite often, too. So, the 12-15 hour estimate is a baseline standard—mileage may vary (and it often does.)
We’re trying to be fairly open with our numbers by communicating our target leveling times, but in the interest of more clarity here are a few more details:
- We add experience multipliers to quests, usually depending on the time taken and relative difficulty. Those experience multipliers look like this:
- Very Easy = .1
- Easy = .75
- Standard = 1
- Hard = 1.5
- Very Hard = 2.25
- Point of Interest completion also has these modifiers applied, but most are set to “Standard.”
- Dungeon quest completion has an experience modifier of “Very Hard.”
- We do clamp experience so a single event can’t get you more than 10 percent of your current level.
Our current course of action is to fix the existing bugs, and then analyze before adjusting experience to be even more generous. Again, our goal is not to force a grind, we just don’t want to over-compensate. Thank you all for continuing to share your feedback and concerns on this issue.
Senior Community Manager (English) - The Elder Scrolls Online