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The Elder Scrolls Online

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: ZeniMax Online Studios
Release Date: April 4, 2014

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'The Elder Scrolls Online' (ALL) Rolls Out Dragon Bones DLC, Free Update 17

by Rainier on Feb. 14, 2018 @ 12:48 a.m. PST

The Elder Scrolls Online is the first Elder Scrolls game to allow gamers to explore the legendary Elder Scrolls world with others.

Using ZeniMax Online’s Megaserver technology, players will join one connected world with a built in social network that lets them stay up-to-date with everything their friends are doing.

Megaserver technology avoids the hassle of shard selection and makes The Elder Scrolls Online one of the most socially enabled games ever created.  Whether playing alone, or with hundreds of friends, players can develop their own style of play as they embark upon an epic quest across Tamriel.

Today marks the release of ZeniMax Online Studios’ first major update of 2018 for The Elder Scrolls Online – a two-dungeon DLC Game Pack called Dragon Bones, and Update 17, a free addition for everyone which includes a slew of new features and upgrades. Both are available now on PC and Mac and will release for PS4 and Xbox One on Feb 27.

The Dragon Bones DLC Game Pack includes two new dungeons – Scalecaller Peak and Fang Lair -- available in both normal and veteran modes. Players are also rewarded with new items and monster sets, collectibles, and achievements, as well as a Renegade Dragon Priest mask, just for entering one of the dungeons. The Dragon Bones DLC Game Pack is free for ESO Plus members, and available for purchase from the Crown Store for non-members.

The free-for-everyone Update 17 is being released simultaneously with Dragon Bones. The update includes a revamped outfit system, two new battlegrounds, a highly anticipated home storage system, and additional gameplay features such as level up and skill advisors and various strategical improvements to combat. The additions and improvements included in Update 17 are available free of charge for all players.

Whether you're an Alliance War veteran, an Undaunted dungeon delver, or a lone wolf adventurer, these combat changes are relevant to what you do!

Teamwork Prevails with Improved Synergies

Ability Synergies in ESO are designed to give players additional opportunities to benefit from teamwork and communication. Leading up to Update 17, we weren't seeing groups use Synergies as effectively as we wanted, so we made them easier to use and gave them a series of buffs and fixes.

“With this update, we wanted to make Synergies easier to understand and even easier to activate," says ESO's Lead Combat Designer Eric Wrobel. “Every ability that offers a Synergy now displays a clear visual indicator, such as a column of light. Once the Synergy is used, the indicator disappears. This helps other players know whether they can expect to find a Synergy there."

This visual indicator also communicates the Synergy's remaining cooldown time, and they now fire immediately when activated, regardless of what your character is doing. These changes make Synergies more effective, and they'll go a long way towards boosting your group's sustain, survivability, or damage. Use them well!

Watch Your Spacing in Cyrodiil

In Cyrodiil, we want to encourage a wide variety of strategy and tactics, and this includes the way large groups move together. Over time, we've tried to encourage groups to spread out more and stack up less with various additions (e.g., the Vicious Death set) but we still weren't seeing the changes we wanted.

To further this goal, we have removed the damage cap on area-of-effect abilities. Previously, the total damage a group of players received from AoEs was capped, but now, everybody within an AoE's radius suffers full damage.

This change encourages large groups to spread out more and take different approaches to large-scale combat. In addition to this, it gives smaller groups opportunities to take on larger ones with smart, tactical placement of their AoEs.

Block More, Block Often

Blocking was always intended to be one of ESO's core defensive mechanics, and there are times in the game where all players need to block in order to stay alive. However, we noticed that a large gap formed between regular players and hardcore tanks where the Stamina Block Cost was too expensive for the former and almost insignificant for the latter.

To address this, the base Stamina Block Cost has been lowered and the effectiveness of Block Cost enchantments reduced.

“With this change, we wanted to cut down on the extremes in Block Cost to create a more consistent experience," explains Wrobel. “Top-end players could get block to cost around 100 Stamina, while the average player had to spend over 2000. Since this cost can be applied four times a second, you can drain your entire Stamina bar in the blink of an eye."

If you're an experienced tank who makes use of Block Cost enchantments, you'll still be the best at what you do, but you will need to change up some of your tactics. However, if you block occasionally because you can't afford the Stamina cost, you can now make greater use of the defensive option and – hopefully – stay alive!

Outwit Opponents with Ability and Interrupt Changes

In ESO's PvP combat, we want to ensure that all abilities have their time and place while giving you opportunities to read and react to what your opponent is doing. However, we found that abilities with a cast time were being interrupted too often in PvP to make them viable.

With Update 17, we've reduced the severity of the movement speed penalty when using an ability with a cast time to allow you to maneuver more during a fight. This better supports the quick pace of battle if you like to use these abilities. However, when you cast these abilities, you'll also now have a red telegraph indicating that you can be interrupted by your opponent(s). If your ability is interrupted, you can't cast that same ability until after a short cooldown. But don't worry, you'll get your opportunity to try again.

“Interrupting the enemy stops their current cast, but makes future casts unstoppable," explains Wrobel. “With this change, it will be easier for players to know if an ability is interruptible or not, and the strategy will shift towards interrupt timing."

These changes add a new layer to PvP combat for both combatants, and it increases the viability of abilities that have a cast time while also providing tactical options to help counter them.

Time Your Heavy Attacks Tactically

When engaging in PvE battles, we want to promote consistent and coordinated group play. With this in mind, Heavy Attacks now no longer remove the Off Balance debuff from bosses, giving everyone in your group opportunities to utilize them.

“With these changes, players can now plan around the Off Balance mechanic because it will no longer be constantly applied and removed before they can react to it," says Wrobel. “Players in the middle of their rotations will have a greater variety of decisions to make: Do I cast this high-damage ability, or do I use my Heavy Attack to get a load of resources?"

We've also increased the amount of resources you gain from hitting an Off Balance enemy with a Heavy Attack, and you now gain around double the amount you'd usually get. In addition to this, Heavy Attacks now benefit from the same speed boost that abilities with a cast time received above, making it easier to maneuver and land your attacks.

However, we've also made it so that bosses will be immune to the Off Balance mechanic for a period after it ends. This creates opportunities for regeneration phase during long boss fights and more tactical options for all.

ESO's Combat is Evolving

With these changes, we're aiming to make ESO's combat more responsive, tactical, and ultimately fun! Don't forget to check out the Patch Notes forum when Update 17 goes live for more information about what is coming to combat.

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