It’s official for all of you ESO fans out there; the Craglorn update will be patched in tomorrow, May 22nd, at 8am EDT according to ZeniMax.
Craglorn is said to bring a treasure trove of various new content which includes:
- New story quests involving the star constellations
- Additional side-quests
- Small group content designed for 4 people
- New “Delves” to be introduced
- Trails (Read: Raids) designed for 12 people
- New enemy models
- New weapons and armor
Patch notes have not been released yet, but are said to be released sometime during the maintenance tomorrow.
Six weeks after the release of ESO, the game has seen favorable reviews with a metacritic score of 72. And, in true MMO fashion, Craglorn is meant to be the hook that keeps new players subscribed. While the subscription model for ESO has been heavily criticized and extreme problems with player boting and real-money trading still persist, there is currently no word on whether or not ZeniMax will be keeping their payment model. This update however is great news after hearing about the 6 month delay of the gaming for consoles.
Okay, honest talk time. This content update should have been in the game at launch. What Zenimax is doing is creating false enthusiasm for their game — it’s not an unheard of practice. What probably happened is this; they had a deadline and needed to get the game out to the public. The game however, had not been completed. The parts that were incomplete were then spun to be a “giant patch” that arguably should have been in the game from the get-go. This will then creates a false idea in the players’ minds as to how big content updates will forever be, only to be disappointed when the real first content update is released. Along with this, ESO is struggling in its fight against bots and real-money traders, and they’re losing. The game still doesn’t even have an auction house. Everything is so incredibly half-baked currently. Thankfully the console version was delayed, because if they released it with the current state of the game, ESO would have failed faster than I had when I took advanced calculus two semesters back.
Mike Morrissette is one of MONG’s Editors. He also has an unhealthy obsession with The Green Lantern and anything involving Nutella. You can follow him on twitter, or friend him on PSN at HaughtyPride.