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Why are players dropping like flies?

siddique
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So, what's the plan? All the big guilds seem to be disbanding or have disbanded on PS4, I have heard of an exodus pre dragonhold on PC as well. All the veteran players seem to have lost interest or just stopped bothering.

It's getting harder to find a good group to even do vSS. Forget vCR. Yes, there are a few groups running around doing the hardest content but it seems a huge number of population has given way.

Is this the beginning of the end? I've played on PC since 2015 and on PS4 since 2018. Things haven't been so dismal in the past 4-plus years.

P.S, I understand dps dropped considerably this patch making the end game harder than before. But most of that content was being done with even less of a damage output when it came out.

Is it perhaps because of the absolute clueless attitude of ZOS? Like triggering people because they can't figure out what they are doing patch after patch?

I'm just trying to figure out if I should invest more time and money or maybe finally move on and wait for a new Elder Scrolls :/

Edit: no this is not a I quit thread. I still love this game and hope that I am wrong about my feelings.
Edited by siddique on November 1, 2019 9:43PM
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  • bloodstorms
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    I’d edit out that last bit about stopping or it’ll just get closed due to it being “a quitting thread”. I know that most of the pvp community that I played with quit the game recently as well. There does seem to be a rather large outflow of players.
  • siddique
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    idk wrote: »
    I think it is a little overly dramatic to suggest players are dropping like flies and all the big guild are disbanding. Granted, idk anything about PS4 so maybe they are unique but I have seen people crying about this since the game launched yet the game has managed to survive.

    BTW, I am not suggesting there is not a decline in game population as I am pretty sure there is due to change fatigue. But certainly not dropping like flies.

    Well it's good to know PC isn't as bad. Maybe I am overly concerned but a few really good top end guilds disbanded on PS4 because of a lack of participation. At least half of my friends (to be on the safe side, if not more) have stopped playing in this past one month alone. :/

    And I agree the game has survived for five years and will perhaps do in the future, hopefully.
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    siddique wrote: »
    idk wrote: »
    I think it is a little overly dramatic to suggest players are dropping like flies and all the big guild are disbanding. Granted, idk anything about PS4 so maybe they are unique but I have seen people crying about this since the game launched yet the game has managed to survive.

    BTW, I am not suggesting there is not a decline in game population as I am pretty sure there is due to change fatigue. But certainly not dropping like flies.

    Well it's good to know PC isn't as bad. Maybe I am overly concerned but a few really good top end guilds disbanded on PS4 because of a lack of participation. At least half of my friends (to be on the safe side, if not more) have stopped playing in this past one month alone. :/

    And I agree the game has survived for five years and will perhaps do in the future, hopefully.

    I doubt PS4 is seeing anything more significant that PC/Mac is. People create these threads/form such an opinion based on a very limited view of the player population as we cannot see the health of the entire game form the view of a handful of guilds.

    Guilds decline all the time for various reasons. As I said, people have been crying out that the sky is falling for over 5 years now and the sky is still there.
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    Xb Na is still crowded in the usual spots. PVP is hit or miss, but has been for a very long time. I'm sure there is some outflow but I've already adjusted my fully levelled toons to compensate for the next patch. Personally, I don't think it's as bad as they're saying.
    "It is a lovely language, but it takes a very long time saying anything in it, because we do not say anything in it, unless it is worth taking a long time to say, and to listen to." - Treebeard
  • Sylvermynx
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    Jeez.... things are so busy in Vivec during the DAY (like 7 am to 4 pm MT) I get fatigued just having a bajillion people around me all the time (PC/NA). Usually I rush through crafting as fast as I can so I can just GET OUT OF DODGE - er, Vivec....

    Now I don't play in the evening at all, so I don't have anything to compare to there.
  • Kali_Despoine
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    idk wrote: »
    As I said, people have been crying out that the sky is falling for over 5 years now and the sky is still there.
    and then there was Tamriel One, remember that? Why did they merge the servers? Population me thinks

    inb4 but that was so you can play w/ friends in other factions. Just try and log your Daggerfall toon on an Ebonheart Cyrodill server and say that to me again.
    edit: forgot (OP) The plan is to stop funding money into the game until the major combat changes are done. Then see if the game is still FUN and make the choice then. But stop funding them until they are done!
    Edited by Kali_Despoine on November 1, 2019 10:27PM
  • Zacuel
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    The end is near we're all doomed.

    Game over man.
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    Seems to be lots of people around on pc.. Whether they are the kind of player that does vet trials i couldnt say.

    It's 0.0666 of a second to midnight.

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  • azjuwelz
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    No data to back it up, but it feels like many of the more seasoned players have left in the last few months; however, in the guild that I help facilitate we have several new players, and in the pre-Dragonhold patch we've been introducing players to trials. So perhaps it's mostly the players who have been around longer who are leaving.

    I'm on Console, so I'll wait and see what happens with the latest patch and our progression.
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    Let's see - kids are back in school, parents have stuf to do, it's the between content lull until next Chapter. Very few people come back for dungeon packs. Things will pick up over winter holidays, then drop off again until May-ish.

    The retirees, stay-at-home's, too ill to work, unemployed, etc are still here. Even though ZOS screwed the in-game economy with no new furnishings or patterns in Dragonhold. I'm half tempted to stop playing until New Life: prices are tanking on everything except Witches Festival items, and no one is buying anything other than event items (which are going to quickly lose value)
    Edited by CaffeinatedMayhem on November 1, 2019 10:55PM
  • jircris11
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    Not sure what figures you are using but eso has been a lot more lively as of late, heck my 3 small guilds are now maxed with tons if ppl on daily
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