Elder Scrolls Online Scalebreaker DLC Launching in August

Quakecon was held over the weekend and during it, the release of the Elder Scrolls Online Scalebreaker DLC was announced as August 12th for PC and Mac and August 27th for consoles. It includes two new dungeons and sees the return of the beloved Sai Sahan.

We also got to find out some details about improvements that are coming to the game from now until Q2 next year. The Q4 update is called Dragonhold and will include Southern Elsweyr. The Q4 2019 update includes a complete re-write of the LFG system, a memory management overhaul, and the first of the behind the scenes combat ability improvements. Q1 2020’s update is currently in development. It will include more of the behind the scenes combat ability improvements as well as a patching overhaul. Other updates then include faster loading art and characters, frame rate improvements, and server optimization. Finally, in Q2 2020, there will be more frame rate improvements, an account database “Cold Storage,” and additional bug fixes.

From the sounds of it the developers are hard at work implementing upgrades and making changes to the game based on the feedback of players. These little backend changes will have a huge impact on the quality of life of the game. It’s great to see that even after all this time since the game launched there are still improvements that can be made to make the game just that little bit better. While Scalebreaker may be just around the corner it’s not hard to admit that Dragonhold is what we’re really looking forward to. It is the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of updates after all.

 

Source: Quakecon

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QuakeCon Set To Celebrate the “Year of Doom” This July

Like clockwork, Bethesda’s QuakeCon event will once again return to Texas. This year, it’ll be all about celebrating the legacy of the Doom franchise.

The company revealed today that tickets are set to go on sale for this year’s Quakecon starting on April 11 at 10:00 AM EDT, over on the official QuakeCon page. Furthermore, it’ll serve as the home of the hit first-person demon-crushing series, just in time to celebrate its newest arrival, Doom Eternal.

However, there was an interesting note with registration. “This year, the registration process will be slightly different from years past- BYOC players will not choose a seat when they register.” Seat selection is set to take place at a later date, “which will be announced soon.” Hopefully we’ll see an option where clans can still sit together if they see fit.

There’s no word to what capacity that Doom Eternal will be at the event. However, considering its massive reveal from last year’s event, there’s no question it’ll be there somehow. Maybe we’ll even get a release date at that point, if not a month before during Bethesda’s E3 presentation. Fingers crossed.

The event will also be home to the returning BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) room, along with exclusive panels, hands-on with forthcoming Bethesda games (including Wolfenstein: Youngblood) and the return of the comedians at Master Pancake Theater. (Last year, they tore apart Mortal Kombat– so we can’t wait to see what they do next!) Expect lots of esports competition and parties as well.

The event will take place from July 25-28 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Dallas, TX, and will be free for general attendees and open to the public. However, you do have to register to get a BYOC seat, so keep that in mind.

More details about the event can be found here. We’ll see you there!

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QuakeCon 2018: ESO Trailers, Quake Champions Free to Play, and Doom Eternal Invasions

The reveals for QuakeCon 2018 were fast and thick this year with a number of reveals for Bethesda’s lineup of games. Of specific interest to those in the multiplayer sphere is word of the new Doom Eternal’s multiplayer component; trailers for the latest ESO DLC packs; and the reveal of Quake Champions going fully free to play.

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First thing’s first: Quake Champions has decided to drop the free trial thing and is now free to play, though with some important restrictions; free players will have access to one Champion and standard matchmaking, with the option to buy individual Champions for real-world money. Alternatively, there’s two packs that unlock more options. Quake Champions has also unleashed its latest character, the Death Knight.

Next up is The Elder Scrolls Online, which has offered up two new trailers for the MMO’s Wolfhunter and Murkmire DLCs. In addition, it was announced via Twitter that subscribers will be getting 1650 Crowns per month and access to exclusive Crown Store offers once Murkmire releases. You can watch the trailer for Wolfhunter here and the Murkmire trailer here.

Finally, Doom Eternal, the sequel to the popular 2016 Doom reboot, is getting a taste of multiplayer in the form of Invasions, which will let players take control of demons and attack other people’s campaigns. More information on this is expected to come later, but the devs have said in the livestream that there are options that will allow players to turn the feature off if they wish.

Our Thoughts

That was a pretty loaded QuakeCon! We are extremely curious to know more about the new ESO DLCs and passing curious about Doom Eternal’s Invasion mechanic, but we are a bit let down by the limitations on Quake Champions’ free to play scheme. Hopefully they’ll open those taps up a bit more.

Sources: IGN, Twitter, Kotaku

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Fallout 76 and Doom Eternal to Get Top Billing at QuakeCon 2018

Despite its name, QuakeCon 2018 is no longer just about the game Quake, but is now a big ol’ celebration of many of Bethesda’s games. Case in point; a couple of noteworthy events that directly tie to both the upcoming multiplayer survival-ish title Fallout 76 and whatever Doom Eternal is going to end up being.

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Friday, August 10th at 12pm EDT/11am CT will be the keynote address for the event, which will be the stage for the gameplay reveal of Doom Eternal with id Software’s Marty Stratton and Hugo Martin. The keynote will also feature word and updates from the likes of the upcoming shooter Rage 2, multiplayer FPS Quake Champions, and the MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online.

On Saturday, August 11th at 12pm EDT/11am CT, Todd Howard will be hosting a closer look at Fallout 76’s character system and the game’s Perks system, and will also be taking a number of fan questions in a Q&A session.

Finally, QuakeCon this year will once more be the site for a number of esports events centered around Bethesda’s stable of titles, such as The Elder Scrolls: Legends Masters Series on August 9th through the 10th and the QuakeCon Open for Quake Champions from August 10th through the 12th.

Those who are unable to attend any of the events and announcements going down at QuakeCon 2018 are invited to tune in and check things out on Twitch or Mixer, and can take in the esports events mentioned above at the TES Legends or Quake Twitch channels respectively.

Our Thoughts

This certainly looks like a loaded QuakeCon this year, particularly for those in the multiplayer set of gaming fandom. We’re absolutely interested in learning more firm details about Fallout 76 and are immediately curious to know what Doom Eternal ends up being.

Source: press release

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