Summerset Opens for ESO Players on Console

Ah, the staggered release. The time where players on different platforms have to rest their heads in their hands because of reasons. For players of The Elder Scrolls Online on consoles, that’s been the case with the initial launch of Summerset. Those players can now bring their heads up with today’s Summerset console launch.

summerset console launch

The new chapter for The Elder Scrolls Online brings a landmass that’s larger than even Morrowind’s, along with all of the bells and whistles that have been mentioned before, including the Psijic Order, new Delves, and a new 12-player trial.

Naturally, the chapter has come alongside the 18th update to the MMO entirely, granting features to all players of The Elder Scrolls Online whether they buy Summerset or not, such as combat changes, PvP adjustments, a screenshot mode for gamepad users among the listed additions.

All of the information of what’s in this update, if you haven’t been paying attention to this point, can be found at the game’s website. You can also get all thematic with a release trailer below.

Our Thoughts

Some sunny day, all of the MMOs that are out on PC and on consoles will all release their updates at the same time and we can all stop writing about the same features two or three times in a row. But that day is not today. Oh, yeah, hope console players of ESO have fun.

Source: press release

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ESO: Summerset Early Access Goes Live for PC

If you don’t like elves all that much, then the ESO: Summerset launch might not be your cup of tea. That said, there’s still plenty of things arriving to the MMO along with this update if the patch notes are anything to go by, whether you’ll be playing free, already pre-ordered the DLC chapter and in early access, or just don’t like being surrounded by uppity elves.

eso: summerset launch

v4.0.5 of The Elder Scrolls Online is the proper numbering for this piece of content, offering deeper details on just what the Summerset chapter brings and providing a full look at combat revamps that were previously mentioned in the run-up to launch.

According to the notes, the overall aims of these adjustments are to let other classes more reliably fit into the tank or healer roles, improve unpopular abilities and morphed skills, and reduce the effectiveness of long-duration snares. Of course, there are more specifics involved so click here for all of that information.

If you like a little more color or movement in your update details, there’s a dedicated page that’s pulled together all of the information released by the devs. And, of course, there’s a cinematic launch trailer to take in which can be found below.

Our Thoughts

There’s a whole lot to take in with this update, as is often the case with ESO’s chapter-sized content patches, so we’d love to know what you’ve got to say about what Summerset and Update 18 have brought to your game. Be sure to sound off below!

Sources: press release, official forums

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The Elder Scrolls Online Spotlights the Psijic Order

350 years is a long time to disappear and take all of your mystical knowledge with you, but the Psijic Order are coming back in The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset and they’re going to be granting players of the MMO a bunch of new toys to play with. Provided they impress the reclusive spellcasters, of course.

psijic order

A new information post and video have been shared by the ESO devs today, providing a little backstory on just who the Psijic Order is, where they fit into the game’s world, and their overall demeanor. Basically, they’re pretty reclusive and slow to trust.

On the mechanical side of things, the Psijic Order represents a new quest line for players to follow that will involve closing destructive time breaches located across Summerset. Once players have been accepted into the Order’s ranks, they’ll get a new skill line full of time-adjusting powers that lets them slow or freeze foes, meditate to restore health and resources, or even turn back time itself. Just how those skills work on a number-by-number basis isn’t outlined yet, but will be detailed in a later post.

For now, players can find out more about the Order in this lore-loaded update or just take in the video below for a sneak peek at some of the shiny new ability buttons.

Our Thoughts

It seems like, at least from what little we can gather from the video, the Psijic Order skill line looks pretty impressive. We’ll definitely be interested in learning more about the nuts and bolts of what these new abilities have to offer ESO players.

Source: press release

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Update 18 Brings Gifting, Daily Rewards and Combat Tweaks to ESO

Naturally, we’ve been pretty focused on Summerset and some of the things we’ll be seeing there. But what about those who’d rather not buy a new chapter? There’s, of course, ESO Update 18 and some of its offerings, which were outlined in a dev blog today.

eso update 18

ESO will be introducing some daily rewards for players who decide to pop in and see what’s going on. Rewards will include things like gold or Alliance Points currencies, consumables, and even Crown Crates or collectibles on certain milestones. These daily rewards will be different month to month, and if you forget to log in one day you’ll get all the rewards you missed. However, you won’t get previous offerings when the new month begins.

Speaking of goodies, Update 18 will also let players offer Crown Store gifts. Certain items will be giftable, which can be confirmed when you see the “Purchase as Gift” option in the Crown Store. There are a couple of noteworthy restrictions here, though. If you’re an ESO Plus member or have made some Crown Pack purchases before, you’ll be able to send gifts the moment Update 18 releases. If you’re a free player, however, you’ll need to make a purchase in the Crown Store and then wait 30 days to unlock the ability to send gifts.

Finally, Update 18 will make another round of adjustments to ESO’s combat. Two-handed weapons such as staves and two-handed axes will now count for two item set bonuses, making these types of weapons more viable. Adjustments are also being made to tank and healer role abilities to make them more viable, and basic attacks are seeing updates to reinforce the idea that light attacks deal damage and heavy attacks restore resources.

Light and heavy attacks are also getting deeper connections to a character’s magicka and stamina pools, which should lead to an overall increase in damage output for those who like using basic attacks over abilities.

Our Thoughts

These all definitely sound like good changes to us! We’re certainly glad that gifting is a thing (and we will graciously accept digital doggos as gifts), but we’re more intrigued by the stated changes coming to ESO’s combat.

Source: official site

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ESO’s New Trailer Takes Players on a Journey to Summerset

If you’re a fan of Summerset, The Elder Scrolls Online, and panoramic views of lots and lots of castle spires, then you’re going to adore the latest Summerset trailer, which offers a variety of advance looks at several locations coming with the arrival of the MMO’s latest chapter.

summerset trailer

The new trailer sets the scene for the Summerset chapter, describing the mysterious home of the High Elves, its mythical ties to the magic of ESO’s world, and a hint at the various dangers that await players as they traverse the land.

Of course, if you’re the sort who prefers to see hard facts over visual panoramas and allusions to content, the game’s patch notes have been posted on the official forums and shared on Reddit. As one would expect, the notes cover a broad variety of updates coming with Summerset and the base game, including new crafting motifs, combat balance changes and more.

Before you dive into all the particulars, though, feel free to check out the trailer below.

Our Thoughts

Unsurprisingly, Summerset looks like a gorgeous place to run around in. We’re definitely looking forward to the start of this new adventure and we’re also eager to read your own thoughts on the posted patch notes, so be sure to share those thoughts with us below.

Sources: press release, ESO subreddit

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ESO: Summerset Gets a PTS Arrival Date

The Elder Scrolls Online’s next large-scale content update is about to open up to players an awful lot sooner than we expected it to. Starting next week – Monday, April 16th, in fact – invited players can hop into the Summerset PTS build and check out the latest content.

summerset pts

Invites for this round of public testing will be sent to a large number of new PTS testers, but those who happened to take part in the Morrowind PTS build last year will be able to join in without waiting for an invitation.

It bears mentioning that the new main storyline of the Summerset PTS build is going to be hidden behind an NDA, and those who do join in the test will see a visible watermark to identify folks who have breached the agreement. Beyond that, other content in the PTS update will be open for sharing, including jewelry crafting, the new Cloudrest trial, delves, world bosses, and other such encounters.

Full details on how things are going down are available to read on ESO’s website.

Our Thoughts

Hurray, elf island! Here’s hoping that players of Summerset enjoy their time in the new content and that testing goes well. We’ll definitely be curious to see more of this new update and what adjustments are made between PTS launch and full launch.

Source: official site

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The Elder Scrolls Online PvP Battlegrounds Opening To Everybody

Zenimax are changing how you unlock Morrowind with the launch of Summerset and Update 18 coming this summer. At present, you have to buy The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (the base game) and Morrowind to access all that Tamriel has to offer, but when Summerset launches, this will change.

The Elder Scrolls Online PvP Battlegrounds Opening To Everybody

Some of these changes are already going on and others will be arriving upon the release of Summerset, but as of right now, if you purchase The Elder Scrolls Online, you will get both the base game and Morrowind.

What does that mean for everybody else, however? Well, if you already own Morrowind, nothing. If you own the base game only, you will soon be able to access the PvP Battlegrounds that launched with Morrowind, without needing to purchase anything. The Morrowind zone and story content will be available to buy from the Crown Store, or through pre-purchasing the Summerset Digital Collector’s Edition (for a limited time), and it will also be folded into the ESO Plus membership along with all of ESO’s DLC. You will also be able to purchase the Warden class in the store separate to this. This all happens when Summerset launches.

You can read more about the specifics in the official announcement post.

 

Our Thoughts

This is a great move. It gets really convoluted when MMORPGs add more and more content that you have to buy separately, so this is a good way to do it. It may annoy some who already bought Morrowind separately, and assumedly, if you only own the base game and want to unlock both Morrowind and the Warden through the Crown Store it will cost a little more, but overall it seems like a decent way to open things up a little more and maybe increase the population of PvP Battlegrounds.

Source: Official Site

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Next Elder Scrolls Online Chapter will be Summerset

It was announced on March 21, 2018, that the next major update to Bethesda’s MMORPG, The Elder Scrolls Online, will take players to Summerset Isle. This new zone is the home of the High Elves and will introduce the Psijic Order, a new main story quest, and jewelry crafting.

ESO Summerset

According to Bethesda, Queen Ayrenn has decreed that the Isle of Summerset is now open to foreigners. However, there might be an ulterior motive involved as a Daedric threat looms overhead that puts all of Tamriel in danger.

Features of The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset include:

  • A New Zone: Summerset Isle, a uniquely beautiful land that’s an even larger addition than last year’s massive Vvardenfell from ESO: Morrowind
  • An Epic Main Story: More of ESO’s award-winning story concludes the Daedric drama that began in 2015’ Orsinium DLC
  • The Psijic Order: For the first time in an Elder Scrolls game, join the mysterious Psijic Order and explore their secretive home city of Artaeum
  • New Skill Line: Master the magic of the mages of the Psijic Order to gain a new combat skill line and wield powers over time itself
  • Jewelry Crafting: ESO’s latest crafting skill allows players to create powerful gear for their characters
  • New Group PvE Challenges: Players can band together to face the challenges of Cloudrest, a new 12-player Trial, new Delves and Bosses, and other content including the Abyssal Geysers

This new content will be made accessible for both veterans and new players through the ESO level-scaling system. ESO: Summerset is scheduled to release on June 5, 2018, for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The base version, digital collector’s edition, and physical collector’s edition are now available for pre-purchase retailing at $29.99, $39.99, and $89.99, respectively.

Our Thoughts:

This is the second major ‘chapter’ for The Elder Scrolls Online and it brings a lot of new content that should get players excited. It also seems like Bethesda listened to the biggest complaint regarding the Morrowind update, which was the price.

Source: Official Site

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