It has been 19 months since I last played ESO. Of which is on the Xbox One: NA server. I started to play a little bit over the past two or three days, but today I went into campaigns and see how much the game has changed since that time. Of which it has changed a bit since then: Faction locking, Campaign locking (don't know why that's a thing though), thre new outposts, milgates and bridges can be destoryed, and whatever Volendrung is. The biggest change for me is to see is that the Daggerfall Convenant is completely dominating the campaigns. No doubt that there have been other changes.
But out of those changes, I've notice that some things haven't changed at all: Long loading screens, low FPS in larger battles, random loading screens when running from place to place, kicked into loading screens so a keep/outpost changes flags, and as always. Game crashings. I've even updated hardware and internet speeds over the past 19 months, but still its as if there hasn't been a change to stability at all.
What is happening to campaigns? Is there nothing to be done? I've noticed another change that is just as bad as what I listed above. And that's fewer actual campaigns (3 in total) and only 1 is actually populated. I remember a time when there was 5 - 7 total campaigns, and half of them were fully populated. But now this? I know this is cliche, but campaigns is dying. Slowly, but steadily. No doubt this is in due to in part by the lack of development support that campaigns get compared to the PVE content of the game. I mean PVE is what makes the game it's money. But it saddens me as a person who played campaigns nearly every single day for two years, seeing this after not playing the game for nearly two years.
In my vision, I fear what might become of campaigns at this rate. I mean, what would it be like in another two years? Maybe what I'm seeing is just a few bumps in the road, and after a time those bumps will be passed and things will get better. Or perhaps it could get worse and campaigns could turn into almost literal dead game activity.
Lord Emothic Von Hellsing of ze Hellsing Family.
Dragon Knight of the Ebonheart Pact. Xbox One - NA