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Official Discussion thread for "A Look Back on 2015"

ZOS_GinaBruno
ZOS_GinaBruno
Community Manager
This is the official discussion thread for the blog article A Look Back on 2015. Thanks to everyone for another exciting year, and we can't wait to kick off 2016 with you!
Gina Bruno
Community Manager - The Elder Scrolls Online
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  • Mosha
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    @Turelus completely agree, graphs need to be had plox.
    Really looking forward to 2016, really hoping for the same or even better levels of Dev - User communication.
    Happy holiday!
    Ave, ZoS, moriturus te salutat!
    -me, with a stam NB in April 2014

    Mo'sha V16 Khajiit Stamina NB
    Legate Alva V16 Imperial Stamina/Magicka Templar
    Mo'sha Reborn V16 Breton Magicka NB
    Burning Mo'sha V5 Dunmer Magicka DK
    a couple mules...
  • Lysette
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    Seriously, when ESO came out first and I saw the reviews and some gameplay on youtube I was disappointed to the most and I guess a lot of fans experienced this in the same way. I intended to not play this game, but stick to the single-player games.

    Then ZOS invited to this free weekend a bit ago - and I thought, I might give it a chance and see how it improved - oh boy, was I impressed what ZOS has done to the game meanwhile; I bought it on the spot. I really have to thank you guys for listening to the community and turn this game around - well, not just around, my first impression is now, that it might actually be the best fantasy MMO out there currently. And unlike in other MMOs the community seems to be great as well. I enjoy playing it now.

    So carry on with your great work - and don't forget to implement proper poison usage on weapons, it will make bows viable.
  • kylewwefan
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    Please don't start logging the time I've spent playing this game! Don't need to see that in a sexy graph!
    PlayStation NA
    1000+ CP
    DC Khajit NB Stormproof
    DC Argonian Templar
    DC Dark Elf Sorc Stormproof
    DC High Elf NB
    DC Dark Elf DK
    AD Redguard DK Stormproof
    DC Orc Warden Stormproof
    DC Breton Warden
    DC Redguard Sorc Stormproof
    DC Redguard Templar Stormproof
  • DannyLV702
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    Uhhhhhh uhhhhhh I have stage fright bye!
    PS4 - NA - EP - DaNNyB0y2010
  • kongkim
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    Its been a really good year in ESO and really looking forward to next year.
    So Happy Holiday to ZOS and all others ofc. :)
  • SlayerSyrena
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    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone at ZOS! I'm amazed at how much you guys accomplished this year. The game is better than ever. <3
    Ebonheart Pact
    All PC/NA, Level 50 * Current Champion Points: 820
    Cyndril - Bosmer Vampire Nightblade - Dual Wield Blades and Bow
    Saryn Duskbringer - Altmer Vampire Sorcerer - Destro and Resto Staves
    Valmion Hlaalu - Dunmer Templar Healer - Resto and Destroy Staves
    Solus Lighthawke - Altmer DK Tank- Sword n' Board and Greatsword
    Stitches-For-Coffee - Argonian Templar Healer- Resto
    Ashiran Zahuluu - Dunmer Stam Sorc - Dual Wield Blades and Bow
    Aldmeri Dominion
    Kivian Nightshade - Altmer Magicka NB - Destro/Resto Staves
    Daggerfall Covenant
    S'rala Sugar Claws - Khajiit Stamina Sorc - Dual Wield and Greatsword

    Member of the closed early beta group, The Psijic Order
    Guest on first ESO Live
    My ESO fan art and comics
  • Zaldan
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    Where to start?

    At the beginning sounds good..
    Criminal behavior was introduced to Tamriel when we released the Justice System in March.
    Shame we only got part of the Justice System.
    Also in March, we published the Champion System to enhance your character development.
    Failed attempt to remove Veteran Ranks, made even worse by the inadequate diminishing returns and catch-up mechanic requiring ZO$ to add another limit and catchup mechanic.
    Once the dust settled from console launch, we opened the Imperial City for battle in September
    I'd love to know how much this was an attempt to fix PVP performance by creating half a dozen sub zones to spread the same player count across and how much it was an actual attempt at a PVP DLC considering it's a neutered version of what PVP players were expecting. Might just be that I always find myself in Imperial City when it's practically empty.
    Of course, there were many other improvements and additions to the game including dungeon scaling for existing dungeons, the single-player progressive challenge Maelstrom Arena, two new dungeons, subtitles, controller support for PC, and so much more
    Maelstrom Arena, the crowning jewel of a paid for content with so many bugs/exploits the leaderboards are a work of fiction and still doesn't work properly and wont for months yet. I tried the PC controller support and it was awful, how people can play on console with that UI I don't know, so many of the keybinds not showing up in settings even though they're there.
    We've seen over a million comments posted on our official forums over the past year alone!
    Does that include the reasons people can't play? Though a lot of the reasons I've seen appear to be the smame ones with different wording, does that count? ;)
    We also have a massive million-dollar sweepstakes for players.
    Or we don't, as a lot of player found out. Would love to know what percentage of your player base you alienated with that particular promotion, couldn't come up with something more/all your players could get behind?
    With the Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood on their way in the first half of next year, you have a lot to look forward to
    Yep that's how long we'll be waiting for any major bug fixes too :( still amazes me you think keeping players waiting months for bug fixes is acceptable.

    2016 is gonna be "Interesting"
    Dovie'andi se tovya sagain.
    Niidro tiid wah fusvok dirkah.
  • Turelus
    Turelus
    Community Ambassador
    Turelus wrote: »
    We've seen amazing levels of communication from ZOS the last quarter of this year and I hope going forward into 2016 this communication between developers and players continues. I would love to see the return of the road ahead and maybe even the introduction of Dev Blogs where the key developers can write a little about what they're working on and how they achieve things.

    Thanks! We're discussing potentially spinning up some Dev Blogs next year so the team can do a deep-dive on some of the newer systems or features.

    Best Christmas present ever? :tongue:

    Hope you and all the team have a great holidays Gina.
    @Turelus - EU PC Megaserver
    :: Unofficial Forums FAQ :: MissBizz ESO Guides :: AlcastHQ Guides :: Tamriel Foundry Forums :: UESP ESO Page ::
    "Don't count on others for help. In the end each of us is in this alone. The survivors are those who know how to look out for themselves."
  • ZOS_GinaBruno
    ZOS_GinaBruno
    Community Manager
    Turelus wrote: »
    Turelus wrote: »
    We've seen amazing levels of communication from ZOS the last quarter of this year and I hope going forward into 2016 this communication between developers and players continues. I would love to see the return of the road ahead and maybe even the introduction of Dev Blogs where the key developers can write a little about what they're working on and how they achieve things.

    Thanks! We're discussing potentially spinning up some Dev Blogs next year so the team can do a deep-dive on some of the newer systems or features.

    Best Christmas present ever? :tongue:

    Hope you and all the team have a great holidays Gina.

    Thanks, same to you!
    Gina Bruno
    Community Manager - The Elder Scrolls Online
    Dev Tracker | Service Alerts | Facebook | Twitter
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  • Darlgon
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    This is the official discussion thread for the blog article A Look Back on 2015. Thanks to everyone for another exciting year, and we can't wait to kick off 2016 with you!

    Sigh..and again.. asking for the date born from a logged in and able to post player. Good thing I was born on January 1, 1915.

    Just gonna edit this here:
    We'll be taking a short break to relax and share a sweetroll or three with our families, but we'll be back on January 4 th to kick off the New Year.

    @ZOS_GinaBruno Does this portend a special edition Monday Jan 4,2016 edition of ESO Live?

    Edited by Darlgon on December 22, 2015 7:29PM
    Power level to CP160 in a week:
    Where is the end game? You just played it.
    Why don't I have 300+ skill points? Because you skipped content along the way.
    Where is new content? Sigh.
  • ZOS_GinaBruno
    ZOS_GinaBruno
    Community Manager
    Darlgon wrote: »
    We'll be taking a short break to relax and share a sweetroll or three with our families, but we'll be back on January 4 th to kick off the New Year.

    @ZOS_GinaBruno Does this portend a special edition Monday Jan 4,2016 edition of ESO Live?

    No, just that we'll be back in the office. Sorry :wink:
    Gina Bruno
    Community Manager - The Elder Scrolls Online
    Dev Tracker | Service Alerts | Facebook | Twitter
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  • zZzleepyhead
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    Criminal behavior was introduced to Tamriel when we released the Justice System in March.
    But not the part I was anticipating. Still no enforcers...
    Also in March, we published the Champion System to enhance your character development.
    woooooweeee! Ya that sure did enhance character development lol
    So much so that it needed a complete overhaul to fix. golfclap
    As if March wasn't busy enough, we also launched The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, and allowed you to play ESO with no monthly subscription required. With this update, we launched our in-game Crown Store where you could purchase a variety of cosmetic and convenience items.
    I stand by my salty comments I posted that day.
    In June, we welcomed Xbox One and PlayStation®4 players to Tamriel when we launched ESO on consoles. It was so exciting to see so many of you logging in at once during launch week!
    "In June we opened the floodgates and noobs poured onto reddit and our forums. It was so exciting we accidentally neglected PC and PvP has gone to ***." Ya, I'm still enjoying the daily 'Is X well populated?' posts.
    Once the dust settled from console launch, we opened the Imperial City for battle in September.
    No no no - I'm supposed to be dealing out the insults here.
    We wrapped up the year by inviting you to rebuild the city of Orsinium in November.
    and yes.. yes you did.
    Orsinium has been fun. Good job guys :)
    ZOS, fix it
  • Rune_Relic
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    Thanks for all the hard work.
    Enjoy the break and get plenty of rest.
    :smiley:
    Anything that can be exploited will be exploited
  • Zheg
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    Not to be a negative nancy, but each one of the bullets had major problems associated with it :/
    1. Criminal behavior was introduced to Tamriel when we released the Justice System in March.
    2. Also in March, we published the Champion System to enhance your character development.
    3. As if March wasn't busy enough, we also launched The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, and allowed you to play ESO with no monthly subscription required. With this update, we launched our in-game Crown Store where you could purchase a variety of cosmetic and convenience items.
    4. In June, we welcomed Xbox One and PlayStation®4 players to Tamriel when we launched ESO on consoles. It was so exciting to see so many of you logging in at once during launch week!
    5. Once the dust settled from console launch, we opened the Imperial City for battle in September.
    6. We wrapped up the year by inviting you to rebuild the city of Orsinium in November.


    1 - It had gold generating issues in the beginning, but ultimately, no one even pays attention to it. I guess it's good for RPing, but without the last phases of the justice system, the current system really doesn't serve a purpose.
    2 - The champion stars still don't all work the way they're supposed to, there are gross imbalances in terms of physical vs. magicka benefits (particularly on mitigation), it took almost the full year to get a catch up and cap system in place that should have been there for the initial implementation.
    3 - I guess since you guys needed the money it's ultimately a good thing, but you lost a lot of player trust switching away from a subscription model after insisting for over a year that it would never be anything but a subscription model.
    4 - Console release had/has tons of issues from what I could tell from forums, text chat being at the forefront. You alienated your PC players by making them wait literally 4+ months for basic fixes because consoles were being prioritized over all else. Now that you have to deal with both PC and consoles, the frequency of fixes is reduced because you have to send your builds to Microsoft or whoever for consoles, so you tend to try and wait and package everything together. This means having 65k fall damage for months on end (after it was previously "fixed" in prior patch notes...) is a thing.
    5 - You didn't gate IC to begin with, so Axe has failed as a campaign, IC has substantially reduced population 2 months after its release, TV reward system favors dps over healers/support (who literally get nothing sometimes...), the dungeons were far overtuned initially and had little in the way of actual rewards, and the rewards were BoP from the dungeons.
    6 - BoP rears its head again. Orsinium by far has been the most successful release (I think), but all of the new sets are locked behind an RNG grindfest because you forced everything to be BoP so people were obligated to buy a release most were going to buy anyway. VMA has also forced the glaring discrepancies of class balance to the forefront.

    Believe it or not, I'd add one item to the list, and it's bizarrely both a big achievement and a massive failure for the year. Lag in pvp HAS been improved towards the end of the year in the sense that we no longer have 40+ banners on flags and 75+ meteors being spammed to the point that your sound effects sound like artillery fire. The massive failure component of that is ping still has silly issues. So, we traded not being able to use our skills at all to having them go off 5+ seconds after hitting them in what needs to be a reactionary and dynamic play considering the (still) low TKK.

    Soooooo... again, you guys had a few bright spots throughout the year, but ... I'm not sure I'd call this a good year for you :(

    To end on a less sour note, as someone already pointed out, I'll reinforce that the increased dialogue towards the end of the year is much appreciated and much needed. Brian started to up his post count and has put out some really candid and informative tidbits, and Eric finally created a forum account.
    Edited by Zheg on December 22, 2015 9:28PM
    ==Vehemence raid lead== and a surviving member of ==Mostly Harmless==

    V16 Breton Temp - Zig Zheg
    V16 Khajiit Sorc - Zheg
    V16 Dark Elf DK - Zhegg
    V16 Imperial NB - Zegai
    V12 High Elf NB - Zhig
  • nimander99
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    I'll say it: Merry Christmas ZoS!!!

    Great improvements to the game, can't wait for 2016!
    I AM UPDATING MY PRIVACY POLICY

    PAWS (Positively Against Wrip-off Stuff) - Say No to Crown Crates!

    ∽∽∽ 2 years of Elder Scrolls Online ∼∼∼
    "Give us money" = Box sales & monthly sub fees,
    "moar!" = £10 palomino horse,
    "MOAR!" = Switch to B2P, launch cash shop,
    "MOAR!!" = Charge for DLC that subs had already paid for,
    "MOAR!!!" = Experience scrolls and riding lessons,
    "MOARR!!!" = Vampire/werewolf bites,
    "MOAARRR!!!" = CS exclusive motifs,
    "MOOAARRR!!!" = Crown crates,
    "MOOOAAARRR!!!" = 'Chapter's' bought separately from ESO+,
    "MOOOOAAAARRRR!!!!" = ???

    Male, Dunmer, VR16, Templar, Aldmeri Dominion, Master Crafter & all Traits, CP450
  • tinythinker
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    "The game isn't the only place that's been busy. We've seen over a million comments posted on our official forums over the past year alone! "

    Yeah, and a dozen of us are responsible for a third of those... :no_mouth:

    (or at least it seems that way sometimes...)
    Before posting or commenting:

    1. Remember that other actual living people who make or play this game are reading what you write. Would you really say the same thing to their face with your real life friends and family watching? If you were in a public space with a microphone?
    2. Consider your motivation for what you are typing and the kind of reaction you are aiming for. Are you trying to help someone? Share an idea? Create something fun or start a game? Trying to "look cool" in a junior high kind of way? Something else? If someone else brings their baggage or assumptions to what you write, that is on them. If your goal is to be disrespectful or disruptive, that is on you.
    3. Don't be quick to judge the motivation for what others are writing. Don't assume it is negative or toxic, unless the evidence is overwhelming. It's easy to bring assumptions into things and impute motives that aren't there. It's also easy to be moralistic: judging comments, ideas, and concerns raised by your standards of how other people "ought to be" and by extension the value of their views or suggestions ("If people can't be bothered to X...", "Well, Y was good enough for me...", "Anyone who wants Z is..."). Moralistic judgements are highly flammable -- use sparingly, thoughtfully, and carefully.
    4.Keep in mind that unless we are talking about human rights, life and death, real world hardships, actual fraud or theft, and so on then there isn't a need to get outraged and combative. If you need an outlet for distributing unused "craps" in your life, please check current events in the news and take some positive action to make things better. Give those extra craps to something worthwhile. You don't need to spend that many here.
    5. Don't be annoying. Don't be easily annoyed. This covers #1-#4 and is easier to remember.

    These are meant as reminders for me, but feel free to borrow them for yourself.
  • PrinceBoru
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    Great year ZOS!
    Thank you all for your efforts in creating this game.
    ESO brings happiness to so many!
    I'm looking forward to what 2016 brings!
    :)

    It ain't easy being green.
  • Darkonflare15
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    @zaldan Yay thxs for stating the negatives. Like we do not have enough of that already or that we are clueless about it. Hooray to our great comunity for reminding us everyday that nothing is perfect. :(
  • Darlgon
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    "The game isn't the only place that's been busy. We've seen over a million comments posted on our official forums over the past year alone! "

    Yeah, and a dozen of us are responsible for a third of those... :no_mouth:

    (or at least it seems that way sometimes...)

    I both agree and shake my head in disappointment.
    Power level to CP160 in a week:
    Where is the end game? You just played it.
    Why don't I have 300+ skill points? Because you skipped content along the way.
    Where is new content? Sigh.
  • sir_buttersworth
    Excited to see the new additions for next year!
  • death_gamer
    thanks! please Russian Localization :))) add!
    Edited by death_gamer on December 23, 2015 5:22AM
  • Tomato
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    Money grabs and broken PvP system
  • found1779
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    now if only in 2016 we could get text chat on console
  • TheBull
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    Bar none, best dev communication of all the mmorpgs. Don't stop!
  • Fecius
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    Happy Holidays!

    Come back refreshed and replenished! And good luck in the next year!
    - Looking for Progress PvE Guild!
    - Ex Ætherius Eight / Ætherius Raid PC EU
    - World First Sanctum Ophidia Difficult Mode (1.5.8 at January 21, 2015)

    - PvE Dunmer Magicka Sorcerer
    - YouTube

    - Under sun and sky Outlander, we greet you warmly!
    - Под этим Солнцем и небом мы тепло приветствуем тебя!
  • Bloodfang
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    Darlgon wrote: »
    "The game isn't the only place that's been busy. We've seen over a million comments posted on our official forums over the past year alone! "

    Yeah, and a dozen of us are responsible for a third of those... :no_mouth:

    (or at least it seems that way sometimes...)

    I both agree and shake my head in disappointment.

    Because more than 5% of playerbase ever posts on the forums lol..

    Just check how many people actually got 10 comments badge, 24k out of 5+ million copies sold across all platforms.
  • Fellenore_Ewalion
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    One does not drink mead from a glass! ;)

    Still, have a merry holiday, Gina & ZOS!
    My Great House Telvanni did not join the Pact.
    But it does not mean I don't want to be Emperor.
  • Faunter
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    I can't wait to see what's in store for ESO in 2016!
    Do you plan on opening Crown Crates? Visit http://www.crowncrates.com/ for drop rates or get the Crown Crate Tracker Add-On to help out!
    Perhaps you're thinking of buying a home instead? Check out this list of all houses with Crown to Gold price conversions.
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