The Elder Scrolls Online gets free "Craglorn" update this week

Bethesda's MMO adding first adventure zone later this week.

The Elder Scrolls Online, Bethesda's recently released MMORPG, will receive a major patch this week that will introduce Craglorn, the game's first adventure zone. The developer told IGN that testing is nearly done, and the patch should arrive on Thursday or Friday.

When released, the Craglorn update will be free, though of course The Elder Scrolls Online requires a $15/month subscription. When Bethesda originally announced Craglorn back in April, the developer said it will feature content geared toward high-level players.

"There's a lot of different monsters we throw at you and, of course, there are boss monsters that have interesting tactics you haven't encountered anywhere in the game before," creative director Paul Sage said at the time.

The Elder Scrolls Online was released in early April for PC. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions were previously expected to launch in June, but Bethesda recently delayed the console versions to a release six months from now. For more on The Elder Scrolls Online, be sure to read GameSpot's review of the PC version.

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116 comments
Silverspeed85
Silverspeed85

I wanted to get this game on PS4, however from what I've heard about the PC version, and because it got pushed back, I think this may be the first Elder Scrolls game I pass up.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

"Adventure Zone"? What are we in Chuckie Cheese here? ESO has been an extreme letdown since launch. Tons of bugs, console delays, pay for game as well as monthly subscription and now an adventure zone for high level players that don't exist yet.

*golf clap*

Jacen22
Jacen22

I hope they fix the bugs and get a handle on all the cheaters so the in game economy can get back in balance. I am looking to try this game for a month or two sometime next year. People are split down the middle on this game, so I would like to try it after patches and make my own judgment on it later. Pretty much all MMOs launch with bugs, lets see how soon Zenimax take steps to fix this.

nurnberg
nurnberg

How long before this mmo dies?

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

I wanted so much for this game to be good. It has SOOOOO much potential to be so much more than it is, which is the worst part. As it stands, Craglorn is not nearly enough to justify the sub fee. Hopefully they turn that around, because I think the game could be awesome with some work.

Michael1571
Michael1571

WTF? Servers are still online after EPIC launch fail and they want to release an update too? Console version is practically cancelled so again WTF?

Wait I think I get it now. The update was ready and they are trying to keep as many subscribers as they can to minimise their loss. Yeah, that makes sense. 

cratecruncher
cratecruncher

I forget.  Will the Craglorn content let players plunder and pillage other factions settlements?  Wait, now I remember.  It's what Zenimax did to the Elder Scrolls franchise. :-)

EdAl2112
EdAl2112

funny use if the word "free"

factory_666
factory_666

I'm quite excited for the update - I'm really enjoying challenging group content in this game, such as 4-player instanced dungeons. My problem is that most of Craglorn's content is truly End-Game and playing 5-6 hours a week it's going to take a me a looong time to get even to Veteran Rank 1. 



Kunakai
Kunakai

This game definitely isn't for everyone but the more I play the more I find myself enjoying it. I had the same kind of experience with WoW, absolutely hated it at first but it grew on me. Part of me feels that calling it an Elder Scrolls game has only hurt it as many seem to expect Skyrim Online. 

That said I am hoping for some fundamental changes to combat, it does still feel a little laggy. 

BuBsay
BuBsay

I don't know what it is about ESO, it just never had me coming back to it and wanting to progress, which for an MMO is both rare and a sign of bad design.


People keep saying that it'll get better with patches, but even the early months of WoW (the buggy mess that they were) still had me coming back to login every day even if just to do a quest or two. Where as with ESO I barely played for the first month I had because I just found myself losing interest in playing after being logged in for only a few minutes.

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

Have fun with your broken, buggy free.99 waste of hard drive space.

raiden3788
raiden3788

Free as in paid by the subscription, which last time I checked doesn't mean free.

aegis_kleais
aegis_kleais

Pretty bored with the game, to be honest. Not even sure if I'm going to play out the rest of my 3 month pre-paid subscription. I'm surprised that to this day, the dual-wield bug still exists (and has been the cause for many of my deaths; fyi, you can press ESC 2x in a row to workaround the bug, but it's very disorienting)


Not to mention the myriad of UI issues the game has. Why would my character suffer a status ailment in battle and you NOT provide some form of indication on screen? Instead, I'm left to wonder why my character isn't moving or animating in a way where he looks like he's suffering from the effect. Also, when a zone is flooded, finding a merchant in a highly populated area is rather time-consuming. How hard would it have been to simply place an icon over its head?

Saidrex
Saidrex

"there are boss monsters that have interesting tactics you haven't encountered anywhere in the game before"

and when you kill them you get awesome loot - 2 gold, instead of 1 that drops from regular monsters. Hell yeah, adventuring pays off.

AtlasTheStrong
AtlasTheStrong

Why are they making the effort of saying it's free? Sounds like someone has Free-to-Play in mind.

blackothh
blackothh

every update needs to be free, why the heck else would you pay for a subscription?


how is the game shaping up anyways? I have not seen anything that was refined enough to interest me. (I wanted to be interested)

bfeinberg
bfeinberg

@nurnberg How long before your hipster hatred dies?

Abanaa
Abanaa

@---Cipher---  I share the same toughts as you, but stil... this game wont come even close to ArchAge no mater what updates they will bring. Any mmorpg up to date dosent have the features that ArchAge has. 

So yeah, i dont think i'll choose to pay for ESO when i can enjoy ArchAge for free or with minimal investment like i did with  SWTOR.

Abanaa
Abanaa

@EdAl2112  LOL yeah... there are alot of ppl who are blind and think it's free. Let's see what they will say at the next big update, wich i'm most certan will cost aditional money (cause you already pay for the sub) and i dont think will bring something new.

Makasuro
Makasuro

@BuBsay   have experienced the opposite effect of you. I normally don't like MMOs as they are very disconnected and do not involve much player engagement at all. ESO to me has been a fresh of breath air while still maintaining the fun core mechanics of an MMO. This for me is also rare and an indication of good design. The PVP is especially fantastic. I haven't experienced any game breaking bugs, but I have seen the stupid bots that littler some dungeons, this however, does not make me think the game is stupid, it just makes me think people are stupid. Good games always have dumbass people trying to hack or bot them to death, not the developers fault.

Makasuro
Makasuro

@hoyholyhoy  I haven't experienced any game breaking bugs, I'm level 30. Have you even played the game or do you just go out and try to harvest every piece of negative information you can? If that's the case, then it can be applied to any game ever created. Dumbass.

EdmundKain4682
EdmundKain4682

@Saidrex  Sorry its not easy gold like it is in other games. Your main complaint seems to be the horses. I do have a horse and I barely use it. I spend more time using wayshrines and just running about. that way I dont miss any nodes. 

aussieinvader
aussieinvader

@Saidrex its been weeks since beta ended. there's no future in dissing a game you're choosing not to keep playing, my man. I stopped a couple of weeks ago, and have come here to put in my 2 cents worth, but don't start getting negative about it with every post...nothing good will come of that

aegis_kleais
aegis_kleais

@blackothh  It's no Elder Scrolls experience, by any stretch of the imagination. Like how Iguana-looking Godzillas are called GINO (Godzilla in name only), you could call TES:Online "TESINO".

EdmundKain4682
EdmundKain4682

@blackothh  Its getting there but not quite yet. They are adding things, new zones, armor dyeing/ tinting. More levels. Items fixes and what not. rome wasn't built in a day as they say. 

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Read what I said again. You have to buy a copy of the game ($60) on top of the $15 subscription. A copy/DL of the game should be free when a subscription is required (ex. WoW)

I said nothing about a free MMO. You might want to read something closer before you jump the gun with insults. It'll save you from awkward moments like this.

BuBsay
BuBsay

@Makasuro @BuBsayYeah I've seen that a lot funnily enough, where people who generally dislike MMO's loving ESO, and most long time MMO players just not finding it interesting.


Interestingly, that pretty much describes WoW at launch, though I don't see ESO taking off like WoW did. I guess we'll just have to wait and see though.

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

@bfeinberg @AtlasTheStrong  To be fair, the article states "When released, the Craglorn update will be free, though of course The Elder Scrolls Online requires a $15/month subscription." So we DO mention that the game itself isn't free. 

Makasuro
Makasuro

@aegis_kleais @blackothh  I disagree again. It totally feels like an Elder Scrolls game, please point out to me where it does not. The lore is definitely there, FPS combat is there, exploration is there, crafting is most definitely there too. Soooo, enighten me? Oh wait, you can't.

Utnayan
Utnayan

@EdmundKain4682 @blackothh  They had seven years and it is one of the worst launches in MMORPG history. Don't sugar coat it. Server issues, broken quests, lack of QA, ability combat delay, usual lag, and multiple crashes. Rome wasn't built in a day, but if they took the equivilant to build a stadium in 7 years and as soon as more than 500 people sat in it it imploded, Rome was at fault. 

aussieinvader
aussieinvader

@EdmundKain4682 @blackothh its definitely a solid launch for an MMO. I don't dislike the game at all (but I thought the music was a letdown - apart from about 3 really good 'signature' tracks - but the rest were sleepy and monotonous).

but I think most people are looking for something better than the rest. for me at least, ESO is definitely not it.

garyoak99
garyoak99

@bfeinberg WoW isn't the only old MMORPG still charging for the game. EVE Online and even Ultima Online are still charging monthly subscription fees! 

bfeinberg
bfeinberg

Well, look at that, WoW is actually still charnging for the game despite being 9 years old (currently $19.99 on the Blizzard website), and EVERY SINGLE EXPANSION. I guess your "facts" are bad.

bfeinberg
bfeinberg

@Gravity_Slave Really, I remember WOW costing money for the game and then $15 a month for at least the first 6 years of its existence. Did something change or are you just full of bad "facts"?

DreamsofGreen
DreamsofGreen

@Drkoolbeanz @DreamsofGreen@bfeinberg Ok, however playing "MMO casual" for years has little to do with ESO since it has been out little more than a month lol. And please don't bring down other games by associating them merely off the genre of a poorly made one.

Drkoolbeanz
Drkoolbeanz

@DreamsofGreen @bfeinberg  I don't think you really know what the hell you're even talking about. It sounds like you're just bitter because you can't afford a PC to play on. My girlfriend plays the sh!t out of ESO and she's been playing MMO's casually for years. That, to me, is a sign ESO is an excellent game. 

Kunakai
Kunakai

@DreamsofGreen @bfeinberg  Surely playing one of those higher quality games would be a better investment of time, rather than rant about a game you dislike? 

DreamsofGreen
DreamsofGreen

@bfeinberg @DreamsofGreenNo you may just please continue to play Elder Scrolls, and I will just stick with the higher quality games.....but you just keep battling that boss...yea that boss with "interesting tactics" lol

philginge
philginge

@Utnayan @bfeinberg I really have to jump in here... I didn't play beta or early access but did get the game a day after launch and have been happily playing ever since, currently rank VR6..


"Itemization is Horrid"  I don't know what you mean by this.. please elaborate.


"Server issues"?  well not that I have noticed actually.. so no, never have log on issues.


"Combatg ability delay" ?  I presume you mean combat and just hit the g key as you have fat fingers?  In which case, I have had the occasional delay, but it seems to have been down to my char finishing a move I had already started.. so err.. L2P?


"Game Breaking Bugs everywhere" I'm now VR6 and have done every quest I have come across and I encountered 3 issues... all of which are now fixed.. I don't know how many hundreds of quests I have completed.. but only 3 broken (all fixed!) is pretty bloody incredible..


"Bots" I have seen a couple... I reported them... not really seen any in my VR adventures.


"Dupe Bugs Zeimax did nothing about" Pretty sure they fixed this early on.... and banned accounts found to be doing it... What more can they do?


"7 years and released in the state it did" yep, your spot on. 7 years in development and released in a pretty amazing state for a MMO of this depth... 61 million items... more content and quests then I have ever seen in a game.  Im over 300 hours in and still only 66% way through the quests... I have not even got started on PVP yet...


But yeah your right... must be a terrible game... yawwwwwwn.

Makasuro
Makasuro

@Utnayan @EdmundKain4682 @blackothh  I totally disagree it was one of the worst launches, I played on day one and had very little issues with the game. I can't actually recall any issues I had on day one. The only bugs I have encountered have been NPCs not spawning, but those have mostly been squashed and are easily resolved by logging out and back in. 

Utnayan
Utnayan

@bfeinberg  So wait: Itemization is not horrid, there aren't server issues, there isn't combatg ability delay, there aren't tons of broken quest scripts, there aren't game breaking bugs everywhere (Bank Bug for example), there aren't any bots obviously, VR10 doesn't break RvR to the point where no one plays because of getting one shotted, half the time you press E to activate something it doesn't fire and you don't activate anything, the eeconomy isn't broken because of the dupe bugs Zenimax Online did nothing about, and the game wasn't in development for 7 years and released in the state it did. Those aren't facts? What planet do you live on? 

bfeinberg
bfeinberg

@Utnayan @bfeinberg Tell you what, that goes both ways, When you haters stop lying and making untrue statements then I agree, we can let it rest. If you don't like the game, that is fine, but making patently false claims or stating opinions as FACTS is ridiculous.

Utnayan
Utnayan

@bfeinberg  Its a horrible launch regardless. And they had 7 years to pipe out this disaster. Let's just give it a rest and call it what it is and bypass the fanboy/shill comments trying to deflect the obvious. It happened with Warhammer because the same people are behind this game. From company to company. The MMORPG genre needs a complete reboot. It needs to start with getting rid of people like Paul Sage for good. 

bfeinberg
bfeinberg

@Utnayan @EdmundKain4682@blackothh Worst launch? FFXIV was so bad they had to stop selling copies for a month because it was so unstable and they were so unprepared, and that is just one recent example. Nice try though.