Just dashboarded at the blacksmithing station in Orsinium, not crash proof yet I guess.
In addition to everything that has been said already (random load screens, phasing, NPCs taking forever to load are the big ones), I attempted Maelstrom today and the load screens and no round resets were atrocious. Below is a 5 minute clip of trying to even start Stage 8 Round 4. I couldn't even load quick enough to get a shield up to keep from dying. Tried restarting stage 8 twice and keep getting stuck at round 4 (because I can't do it flawlessly). I limped my way through all other stages with similar problems, but I don't have the patience to keep fighting the load screens.
I just came back (literally yesterday) from being away for 6 months. I renewed my eso+ (since the craft bag is locked behind it) and logged in.
From my impressions the last 2 days, not much has changed in the performance department, and judging by the fact there have been 2 unscheduled maintenance down periods in these 2 days, things have actually gotten worse.
What really annoys me is the fact I love the game. The only real solution is to stop playing and play something else, but that solution really sucks. I'm going to stick it out for the term of one month until eso+ hits renewal, if things haven't improved, I'll be (regrettably) moving on.
Come on ZOS, I know the big draw is more content, and investors are pushing hard for things like dlc and expansions like morrowind and store crown stuff. I know there is pressure, but you have to put some of your time and energy into fixing what is already there (and broken).
Please ZOS, fix the problem. Upgrade the servers, hire more QA testers, whatever needs doing, please do it. You are going to start losing people, and word of mouth travels fast in social media. It's a real heart breaker to see a great game heading down a path to oblivion.
I have personally over the years put over $2,000 into this game. I know there are others that are deep into eso too. Use some of that money to fix the game. I'm looking forward to morrowind, but if the base game doesn't work by then, you really think I will shell out the money to buy it?