Your favorite forum moderator is back with another edition of Heimskr’s High Horse. Have any of you ever watched the TV series Gold Rush? You know, the guys in the Klondike who always barely manage to cover their overhead and survive another week? Well that’s what it’s like mining for information from Zenimax. Surprisingly enough, this week produced some hefty nuggets you’re sure to enjoy.
Development – What you need to know!
Elder Scrolls Online Support Page LIVE
That’s right; the support page for Elder Scrolls Online is now live on the ESO official website. For those that are unfamiliar, a gaming support page is a place you can submit bug reports, tickets, look up commonly asked questions, and directly contact the support staff of ESO.
I don’t want to come off like this kind of guy… “The point difference between the Ravens and 49ers was 3! Gabe Newell was at the Superbowl! This is a sign for HALF-LIFE 3!!” However, I think there is some logical reasoning to believe beta is closer than any of us think. The addition of the support page means they are laying the foundation for bug reporting tools that could very possibly be used for beta testers. Either way, keep an eye on them inboxes!
No Player Housing EVER
…or perhaps at least not till after launch. Here is a quote taken from a tweet on Tuesday:
#ESO won’t have player housing at release, but it’s a feature we may consider in the future.
You heard it from the horse’s mouth; no player housing at launch. Am I disappointed? Sure. Is this a make or break for me? Hell no. Now that tweet technically allows Zenimax to release a major patch or expansion which will feature player housing at a later date.
I might be crucified for this, but here’s why I think they will never release player housing. Countless MMO’s in the past have said that player housing will not be in at launch, but will manifest sometime after launch. For the vast majority of them, years would go by with no further comment on the topic. This is just one of those features that developers overhype and never deliver on. Let’s keep this in perspective; ZOS has a limited budget and cannot simply add everything that you, I, or they want. The amount of time, money, and man hours required to build either an instanced player housing system or, even less likely, an open world housing system is enormous. To most developers, they would rather take that time and money and invest it into core system development such as combat, PvP, and so forth.
Just a side note, I played SWG for years and I’ve yet to see a development studio produce a housing system as good as theirs. My bar is set very high either way.
Community Round up – It’s alive!
MMORPG with Bill Murphy: Crafting
Bill Murphy is a writer over at MMORPG.com who did a live interview with Paul Sage 2 weeks back. This week, he’s written an article on the crafting community going into detail how he wants to see crafting work in the Elder Scrolls Online. Go over to MMORPG and read it, then come back and read why I think one point he said is fundamentally flawed.
Bill goes into an explanation on how discovering recipes should work. His basic premise is that recipes should be discovered via the Skyrim system of mixing and hoping for the right combination. My problem with this idea is the requirements for recipes will almost certainly be data mined prior to launch and posted on the internet, and even if they are not, a week after launch will produce the same results. I’m sure for players looking for immersion, this is great news. For competitive players though, this system adds a convoluted profession that within a month will be known by everyone. Preparing consumables for a weekly raid or PvP shouldn’t be a game of memory match.
Day/Night Cycle with Digital Times
This is the largest nugget of the week, hands down. Guess what people, the day/night cycle has been confirmed! In the article, Paul Sage confirmed that Zenimax Online is intent on adding the day/night cycle feature before launch. Of course this can change between now and launch, but it’s still inspiring to know they have this feature close to their critical path.
Engage high horse; the author is so far out and idealistic that the curiosity core from GLaDOS would be jealous. Now before I get rude, read a quote from his article directly after he confirms the day/night cycle:
His comments did seem to confirm that time will have an effect though, immediately giving us visions of assassin’s whose stealth skills are bolstered at night, archers who fire more accurately during the day, skills which grant better/farther vision at night, and a host of other possibilities.
Before you think that comment is innocent and undeserving of my acrimonious verbiage, hear me out. First and foremost, Paul Sage did NOT give any comment that could even slightly be confused with the author’s assertion. As any seasoned MMO player will tell you, giving certain classes’ additional powers or bonuses that cannot be countered will result in a bad time. Let’s say you play a mage and you log on at night. You get jumped by an equally geared and skilled rogue and get your shit pushed in cause, well, it’s night time. Unless balance is given to the mage so he can compete on his own, that player may be inclined to simply stop playing out of frustrating. Likewise, offering obscure advantages to everyone will have the same result because there will always be that one ability that’s better than the rest.
Do You Have The Skills?
The fellas over at TESO-RP have announced a Short Story Contest. During the month of February, fans of Elder Scrolls can create a back story of their character and submit it in hopes to winning one of their 3 prizes. If you are interested, go check those guys out! I might have to cancel Heimskr’s High Horse next week so I can get my role-play on…. Ahahahahaha, jokes!
Elder Scrolls Off The Record #54 – Dragonborn Mage Challenge
Who else already bought Dragonborn?! I know I can tell you the hosts of Elder Scrolls Off The Record did! This week’s episode dives into the newest DLC for Skyrim and the experiences from the hosts. You know I don’t typically laugh at mad lib comedy, but the part in their podcast about ‘finishing the story’ was hilarious.
The guys at Elder Scrolls Off The Record brought up a really good point for any of you that have yet to purchased Dragonborn. It comes with a new HD texture update that does contain certain system requirements. Before you download it, make sure your system is up to par and then get your Dragonborn on.
Troll Scroll #12 – Pimp My Mount
The gentlemen and lady of Troll Scroll bring some great theorycrafting this week on a few different topics, mainly crafting. Will crafting be useful in the long run, or just end up like every other modern MMO and disappear when raid gear enters the picture? The hosts at Troll Scroll have varying opinions, so go check them out.
ESO Cast #4 – Crafting Realistic First Person Visuals
Jesse and Force are back in their 4th installment of ESO Cast. This week, they go over the ever controversial Penny Arcade article which confirms the lack of true first person support in ESO. What this means is that while you can go into first person view in ESO, you won’t be able to see your hands, weapons, or feet. There really isn’t much information out there to explain why ZOS has chosen to move away from first person, but I’m sure we’ll hear more about it in the future. Go check out the new ESO Case to get their opinions on the topic!
The Cogwheels of Tamriel Foundry - After Hours
Zenimax Loves Them Some Tamriel Foundry
This past week, Zenimax Online featured Tamriel Foundry on Facebook praising our top of the line guild creation system and community. Their goal was to provide visibility to players who are either looking to join a guild or create a guild. If you are interested, head over to our Groups and Guilds page and/or Guild Recruitment forums!
After Hours Club
The After Hours Club is a special section in Heimskr’s High Horse to look over the most popular, the most controversial, and the most insightful community topics of the week. This week we have three threads that are sure to satisfy your curiosity or feed the fires of internet barbarism.
- The popular thread of the week goes to @Zeventis who authored the thread Your Epic Plan. For any of your hardcore fans who plan on splurging the hell out of ESO when it comes out, go check out this thread. The discussion is about your plan for when ESO comes out and how you will handle things like play-time and general nutrition.
- This week’s insightful post of the week goes to @Ashadelo. This thread caught my eye because it’s interesting to see what other players did in older TES games compared to what I did. Go check out Your Elder Scrolls History!
- The infamous controversial post of the week goes to @XxOblivion with his thread – TES, Switching From Single Player to MMO. In this thread, you can discuss what you think the developers are doing right (and wrong) and what you see as foundational changes between the singleplayer TES games and ESO.
I hope you enjoyed Heimskr’s High Horse. Next week already has some great information waiting to be posted, so come back, stay awhile, and listen.