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ESO - is it on life support?

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I LOVE ESO to death. I play it daily, it's how I wind up before work, and how I wind down after. Been doing this for years.

Playing the last few months I've had to come to terms with longer Queue times and less and less of the player base to interact with. It's finally starting to impact my experience having less people to interact and enjoy aspects of the game with.

I'm looking for some positive thought for the outlook of the game. Should I be expecting a turnaround for the near future... or should I consider ESO to be in the digital version of hospice right now.

Edited by ZOS_Volpe on November 30, 2023 6:30PM
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  • Auberon1983
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    It's fine. You most likely ran into those issues because most folks are in the event zone, playing the event.

    Yup. I'm on PSNA, and just about everyone is in Leyawiin or Fargrave right now. I have "event fatigue" so I just get my tickets and daily craft, and bounce.

    PvP GH was totally locked last night. I actually ended up running a quick PUG in Icereach, when I didn't even intend to (I was just there for basic training), and even there there were plenty of battles and players.
    Edited by Auberon1983 on November 26, 2023 9:20PM
  • Tyrant_Tim
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    @Tandor, PvP on console is a lot more lively than on PC and that’s not saying much, coming from someone who plays on both Xbox and PC. The culture on console is skewed more towards competitive than cooperative whereas on PC players just find another MMO to PvP on.

    Regardless, both aren’t doing the best, and any time the Cyrodiil population is on decline, the capacity on the servers goes down to accommodate the fewer players.

    Just a few weeks ago we went from one-bar in each for Grayhost to miraculously now three per at the exact same time of day, and same day of the week. I can say with certainty that there wasn’t an influx of Cyrodiil activity for all three factions, there would be only one explanation for it.
    Edited by Tyrant_Tim on November 26, 2023 9:40PM
  • Araneae6537
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    Others have covered the major points I feel. I suspect there may also be fluctuations with time of year, when more people might be busy with travel or other things or just have enough time to log in for the event. Whether that or event fatigue are the primary cause, this event feels less active to me than Necrom, but that is anecdotal and I spent a lot more time in Necrom. When I have time to play, I often want to challenge the Endless Archives, and it’s not a bad thing that there are lots of choices of activity in game. And just the other day I came across a dance party at the Rimmen wayshrine. :)

    So I am hopeful that ESO has many more years in its future, and that future changes will be in tune with the playerbase, as some patches have indeed seemed to have a negative impact (again, my anecdotal observations, and I was for a time disaffected myself last year).
  • DUTCH_REAPER
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    Beta player here. I have found that the “old” meet up places are obsolete for the most part as the DLC zones are saturated with the player base now.
  • ArchangelIsraphel
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    Others have covered the major points I feel. I suspect there may also be fluctuations with time of year, when more people might be busy with travel or other things or just have enough time to log in for the event. Whether that or event fatigue are the primary cause, this event feels less active to me than Necrom, but that is anecdotal and I spent a lot more time in Necrom. When I have time to play, I often want to challenge the Endless Archives, and it’s not a bad thing that there are lots of choices of activity in game. And just the other day I came across a dance party at the Rimmen wayshrine. :)

    So I am hopeful that ESO has many more years in its future, and that future changes will be in tune with the playerbase, as some patches have indeed seemed to have a negative impact (again, my anecdotal observations, and I was for a time disaffected myself last year).

    Agree with you completely! The Blackwood event has a decent population, with most people frequenting Fargrave, but it's definitely quiet compared to the Necrom event.

    Now that you mention it, Rimmen has become a sort of player hub lately- I see tons of players there daily dancing and chatting on PC NA. Not sure if its the same on other servers, but it's been bustling with people every evening these days! Lots of Khajiits in interesting outfits.
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  • Tyrant_Tim
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    Now- this is purely my experience on PC NA. NA has a healthy population even if I've seen it flagging a bit now and then. On consoles, I do know the population is generally much lower, but I don't think ESO is going anywhere any time soon.

    How do you “know” the population is much lower on console? Consoles are much cheaper than PCs, and there is much less competition in the MMO market on that platform.

    My personal experience on PC, is that whenever I load up the game, it’s quite literally a ghost town.

    You don’t have people socializing in towns due to the lack of native voice support, you spend much longer in queue for Dungeon Finder and Battlegrounds than you do on Xbox, there are far fewer areas that players meet up to duel, with the one and only area on PC being DC Undaunted… an area not even filling with people like it used to.

    So while you might believe your choice platform to be more populated, my experience playing both is quite the opposite.

    Edit; I will concede that perhaps ESO has a population problem on PlayStation due to Final Fantasy, but make no mistake, Xbox NA trounces PC NA for visible player population.
    Edited by Tyrant_Tim on November 26, 2023 11:53PM
  • ArchangelIsraphel
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    Tyrant_Tim wrote: »
    Now- this is purely my experience on PC NA. NA has a healthy population even if I've seen it flagging a bit now and then. On consoles, I do know the population is generally much lower, but I don't think ESO is going anywhere any time soon.

    How do you “know” the population is much lower on console? Consoles are much cheaper than PCs, and there is much less competition in the MMO market on that platform.

    My personal experience on PC, is that whenever I load up the game, it’s quite literally a ghost town.

    You don’t have people socializing in towns due to the lack of native voice support, you spend much longer in queue for Dungeon Finder and Battlegrounds than you do on Xbox, there are far fewer areas that players meet up to duel, with the one and only area on PC being DC Undaunted… an area not even filling with people like it used to.

    So while you might believe your choice platform to be more populated, my experience playing both is quite the opposite.

    That's good! ^_^ I'm glad your experience on your own platform has been more positive that that of others I have spoken to who tried various consoles and left because they either found open voice chat extremely unpleasant, or found that the servers were not as full as they would like. Reading multiple sources on the topic has lead me to the conclusion that some consoles have worse populations than others, and that many people leave console due to a preference for PC, where they can have add ons. Its nice to know that Xbox, at least in your personal experience, has a good population.

    As we have discord and other voice chat options on PC, there's a lot of socializing going on under the hood of the PC version of ESO- there was a fairly recent thread discussing open voice chat on PC, and while some PC players liked the idea, others who play on PC felt that it would be an awful change. While the forums may not be indicative of player sentiment as a whole, many of the unpleasant factors described concerning open voice (hearing people argue with families, hearing people eat randomly, peoples music disrupting conversation) were considered a detriment by many on the forums.

    There is definitely a separate player base mentality when it comes to PC v.s. Console.

    In any case, the intent of this thread is not to discuss whether you or I think our various platforms are more populated, and seeing as it seems we both have the intent to reassure the OP that ESO is not dead on either platform, it seems we have accomplished our goals ;) Your post is a positive prognosis for consoles, which is very good to hear.

    PC, in my experience, is quite full- I see players in all of the major hub towns, and we're flooded during events.
    Edited by ArchangelIsraphel on November 27, 2023 12:08AM
    Legends never die
    They're written down in eternity
    But you'll never see the price it costs
    The scars collected all their lives
    When everything's lost, they pick up their hearts and avenge defeat
    Before it all starts, they suffer through harm just to touch a dream
    Oh, pick yourself up, 'cause
    Legends never die
  • YetAnotherLinuxUser
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    All i can say is lag fest in pve. Since update 40 pc eu i get lagamania with a scoop of lag on the side. Even doing basic pve content while gathering mats or even in delves i see no animations, delyaed animations that happen after everything has already died. doesnt matter time of day or night. my ping is 140 or less most if not all the time and so it shouldnt so bad with animations. So yah i think ESO is about to call it quits. Their so called server upgrade and update 40 are only making things worse. they add more stiuff for the servers to do like the endless archive and events the servers are clearly strained even for pve. Dont know what else to make of it.
  • Mathius_Mordred
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    All i can say is lag fest in pve. Since update 40 pc eu i get lagamania with a scoop of lag on the side. Even doing basic pve content while gathering mats or even in delves i see no animations, delyaed animations that happen after everything has already died. doesnt matter time of day or night. my ping is 140 or less most if not all the time and so it shouldnt so bad with animations. So yah i think ESO is about to call it quits. Their so called server upgrade and update 40 are only making things worse. they add more stiuff for the servers to do like the endless archive and events the servers are clearly strained even for pve. Dont know what else to make of it.

    I have a very powerful gaming PC in my Studio but in the evening I play on an Alienware 17(R1with a GTX860m, so pretty crap). My internet connection is wired and at 550 mbps, I can honestly say that I see lag very rarely even on this 9 year old laptop. So If I can play ok at 40-60 fps (1080p) on this dinosaur, unless you are on dial up or running a 286 then there must be an issue with your internet or routing. I would qualify by saying I am on PC EU, perhaps it's different on different servers and machines.
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  • Tyrant_Tim
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    Now, it’s unfortunate OP that the game feels dying to you, but I’ve seen it spiral back from worse conditions.

    Back before One Tamriel, players in Caldwell Silver and Gold would sit around for hours waiting for another player to arrive to help them with a delve boss, and when that update released, it completely turned the game around.

    What we need, is another One Tamriel-esque update to kickstart the game, and it will be fine.

    Luckily ESO’s 10-year anniversary is right around the corner so fingers crossed that brings what the game needs to save us from the downward spiral of Update 35.
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  • TaSheen
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    I popped into Belkarth today at 3 pm MST on PC NA. I couldn't even SEE the ground around the wayshrine - I estimate there were about 50 people plus their mounts etx. There were about 30 people at the indrik vendor, and more at the Impressario tent. There were also about 20 or so at Rolis.

    You have to remember that sometimes you're going to wind up in a recently spun up instance that will be releatively "bare".

    And I LOVED U 35 personally, thank you very much.
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    The start of the Deadlands event caused the Cyrodiil population to drop significantly at the start, but it has slowly been increasing and today it was pop locked.

    I think people are tiring of the daily events and going back to their usual activities.
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  • Tyrant_Tim
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    TaSheen wrote: »
    I popped into Belkarth today at 3 pm MST on PC NA. I couldn't even SEE the ground around the wayshrine - I estimate there were about 50 people plus their mounts etx. There were about 30 people at the indrik vendor, and more at the Impressario tent. There were also about 20 or so at Rolis.

    You have to remember that sometimes you're going to wind up in a recently spun up instance that will be releatively "bare".

    And I LOVED U 35 personally, thank you very much.

    Consistently I end up in worse instances then, because it’s always a 2:1 ratio, and I’ve been playing PC for a few months now.
  • madman65
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    I don`t think ESO is on life support because it`s a business, like most business` if the product stops making money then it will be axed. Who is on life support? The players that are really in deep with the game, I have personally heard from these gamers that are frustrated with the bugs go from calling them bugs to "it`s a new feature" and that is sad. They are hanging in there but some have gave up and moved on to other games. If I would state anything, the recent rise in new players has helped but if there is no one around to show/help them then they will leave as well. So ESO future doesn`t look good but it`s not on life support as of now.
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    as there's the Gates of Oblivion event i've seen dozens of people at once at world bosses(sometimes so many people that i can't loot the boss), in Fargrave, and in Leyawiin.

    i also loved update 35, it had a lot of awesome stuff.
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  • TaSheen
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    Tyrant_Tim wrote: »
    TaSheen wrote: »
    I popped into Belkarth today at 3 pm MST on PC NA. I couldn't even SEE the ground around the wayshrine - I estimate there were about 50 people plus their mounts etx. There were about 30 people at the indrik vendor, and more at the Impressario tent. There were also about 20 or so at Rolis.

    You have to remember that sometimes you're going to wind up in a recently spun up instance that will be releatively "bare".

    And I LOVED U 35 personally, thank you very much.

    Consistently I end up in worse instances then, because it’s always a 2:1 ratio, and I’ve been playing PC for a few months now.

    In actual fact, I play PC NA off peak - so you would assume there would be many fewer people around. That's not now, nor has ever been the case in my experience. I can't say for anything after 2 pm MST, because that's when I quit playing.

    This is not only in Vivec btw, or in whatever the current event area is - today I left Vivec, went to Blackwood for a delve for tickets, and then headed to Glenumbra to see if I could get another lead for Oakensoul from ore nodes. Everywhere I went (over the whole darn zone), there were people doing dolmens, questing, dancing at wayshrines.... and of course, getting to nodes just ahead of me (I have really bad luck that way).

    I can't account for your experience - unless there's something about the time at which you play that causes it. For me, in the last couple of years, the game has gotten a LOT busier during my play hours - to the point where it can be exasperating in fact.
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    New World was/is eso like. But eso has 20x the content and !ore. Is New World dying?i cant imagine anyone picking that over eso.

    I wonder what new ppl trying eso for the first time experience? What are the turn offs?

    Wow is the biggest most successful mmo, and what eso lacks in comparison is vertical progression. If they could figure out how to create vertical progression, it would have a more serious feeling end game. Every expansion in wow added a ton of new raid content.

    My gut feeling is that alot of ppl play eso like a sp game and have fun for a few weeks. But its a casual experience and they evertually quit because not enough carrots.
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