ZeniMax will be running a special Cyrodiil PvP event starting next week with CP disabled across all campaigns and increased AP rewards for participation.
In the announcement on the official forums, Brian Wheeler explained the primary objective of the event is actually as something of a live stress test as the team continues to work to improve performance in the large scale PvP zone.
Simply put, Azura’s Star (the non-Champion Point campaign) runs much better, more efficiently, and is overall a much better PvP experience than the standard campaigns such as Trueflame or Haderus. Now that we’ve had a significant population density in Azura’s Star, we strongly suspect what has been theorized for a long time: Champion Rank passives and abilities are causing too much server load, especially in situations like Keep battles where there are tons of players in one place.
As it’s impossible to simulate the effects of large scale player participation on the internal test servers, ZeniMax is looking to the community to get into Cyrodiil and push those servers to the max.
The event will take place for a period of one week between February 27th and March 6th. During this week, there will be a few special scenarios in play for the Cyrodiil’s ruleset:
- Champion Points will be disabled on all platforms and megaservers.
- All Alliance Point gains will be doubled.
- Campaign durations and leaderboards will not be adjusted during the week.
The doubled AP rewards will make a powerful incentive to get players out and PvPing in Cyrodiil – even those who might not participate under normal circumstances. If you need to level your alliance skill lines on your main or maybe a favorite alt, this is going to be the week to do it.
I hope to see you all on the battlefield! Blood for the Pact!