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[Column] Elder Scrolls Online: Is ESO Dying or Just Carving a Niche?



  • JoeyjojoshabaduJoeyjojoshabadu BuderimPosts: 162Member Uncommon

    'Just' carving a niche? That's the real shame with ESO. It had the ES name behind it (GOTY quality and popularity) and the best even it's fans are now hoping for is that it becomes 'just' a niche game. It could have been so much more.


  • JorlJorl SunderlandPosts: 257Member Common
    I cancelled my sub because I've found something better, however ESO is a good game, but it's just not Elderscrolls for me, there's no sandbox element what so ever which left me 'Meh'. I am playing Wildstar yes it's a themepark but I expected that, I like it and the reason I do is the adventure, dungeons etc they are challenging ESO isn't and ESO as a themepark just doesn't work, yeah ESO has better graphics but sometimes graphics isn't enough nor is the way they've done the quests (for me personally).
  • sirphobossirphobos Ames, IAPosts: 613Member Uncommon

    All ESO really has to do to have a real solid game is fix the Veteran Ranks. 1-50 I had a blast playing ESO. The combat system is the most enjoyable I've seen in an MMO in a long time, the world is beautiful, and I actually do like the tradeskill system. I didn't care much for the PVP but I'm not a big PVP player anyway so I don't really care much.

    However, for me, and for many other players, the game takes a huge nosedive in the fun factor department when you finish the initial campaign and hit VR1. The grind is painful (and I'm someone who played classic EQ1), they remove options on how to level, and playing through the other two faction's campaigns really isn't going to be fun for most people, especially when there is almost no noticeable power gain on your character.

  • Spankster77Spankster77 Marlton, NJPosts: 417Member Uncommon

    For starters, it has been done before, enter GW2, awesome story line and leveling experience, lack luster end game.  I don't think you can successfully capture and hold both single player RPG fans and MMO fans as they both crave different flavors.  At this point I don't think they can get back MMO fans so they should focus on storyline and character development at end game for the RPG-ers. 


    The double edge sword here is with less subs comes less development money which in turn means less content being released.  A niche is nice as long as the niche has enough people to keep the game going. 


    Another option IMO is to revamp the game and re-release it as F2P with a cash store.  Similar to what other games have done.  At this point they need to focus on what they want to be when they grow up... a MMO, a RPG, or a PvP focused game.   


    P.S. - They kind of alienated true MMO players when they announced there was no end game raiding or challenging content.  in my experience raiders are the most loyal and longest lasting subscribers due to the fact that we are driven by that carrot, dangle it and we keep running. 

  • SEANMCADSEANMCAD Houston, TXPosts: 5,339Member Uncommon

    Speaking for myself I play single player games and MMO games and I honestly do not make a distinction between the two. There are not certain features or aspects that I want out of a single player game that I don't get in a MMO and vice versa. Other than save files for single player, and groups for MMOs.

    So I have always struggled with the concept that the two game style and communities are different because I don't think they are.

    Correlation does not imply causation

  • NanfoodleNanfoodle Posts: 5,710Member Uncommon
    No matter what side you stand on there is one fact. ESO had the chance to be much bigger then it is now if not for how the handled things. Even fundamental things like teaming. They got that wrong on so many levels. 

    =-D Only on a forum can optimism be called bad and pessimism the good thing =-D Welcome to the internet and forums. 

  • PyrateLVPyrateLV Las Vegas, NVPosts: 1,096Member Common
    I expect the Announcement of the indefinite hold on the Euro Server, the cancellation of Console and the move to F2P by end of August.

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  • wc70wc70 Frankford, WVPosts: 3Member
    I played ESO to VR2 and lost interest because it was starting to feel more and more like a grind. In PvP the combat was fun and dynamic but the bulk of the time felt like it was eat up by travel.Good looking game fun play through 1 time around but I feel like I can get a game equal to or better than, without a sub.
  • bcbullybcbully Westland, MIPosts: 8,424Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by SEANMCAD

    Speaking for myself I play single player games and MMO games and I honestly do not make a distinction between the two. There are not certain features or aspects that I want out of a single player game that I don't get in a MMO and vice versa. Other than save files for single player, and groups for MMOs.

    So I have always struggled with the concept that the two game style and communities are different because I don't think they are.

    You know the difference now a days? PvP, there is no pvp in single player games. PvP is the mmo of mmorpg now a days. PvE is becoming more and more single player oriented, while PvP is getting bigger and bigger. ESO's PvP is as big as the genre has seen.  






  • hikaru77hikaru77 buenos airesPosts: 1,017Member Uncommon

    ESO is an amazing game from level 1 to 50 and the PvP is just the best thing of the game. But Zenimax made an HUGE mistake with the VR grind, thats where pretty much everyone quit the game. Now is even hard to find people grinding on Caglorn, and the VR zones are pretty much dead, thats a bad sign because there is only one megaserver on this game, and is empty after VR1.

    Not even talking about how all the PvP campaigns are dead but one. ESO is a great game but Zenimax made just too many mistakes. 

  • FoomerangFoomerang Portland, ORPosts: 5,592Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by bcbully
    The most polarizing mmorpg on the most cynical mmorpg site, dying... 

    fixed ;)

  • Octagon7711Octagon7711 Chicago, ILPosts: 1,917Member Uncommon
    Molag Bal is winning.

    "Change is the only constant."

  • st3v3b0st3v3b0 Gainesville, FLPosts: 150Member Uncommon
    A mere bandaide over a gash.  Eventually it will bleed out completely and go Buy 2 Play within the year.  They have a lot of work to do compared to other MMO's.
  • bcbullybcbully Westland, MIPosts: 8,424Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Foomerang


    Originally posted by bcbully
    The most polarizing mmorpg on the most cynical mmorpg site, dying... 


    fixed ;)


    I prefer the un-redefined/un-doctored truth ;)

    Originally posted by bcbully

    The most popular mmorpg on the most popular mmorpg site, dying... image



    Kinda makes me think more people visit this site than us regular posters.

  • ManestreamManestream PrestonPosts: 660Member Uncommon

    ok some things to know.

    1. When World of Warcraft came out there was hardly any end game content either.

    2. However it took hardcore players a few months to max out and the casual players 6+ months (usually longer) before maxing out.

    3. These days new games come out and your at max level within 2 weeks for casual playing, hardcore are there in a day or two.

    4. This does not gicve them time to fix any found bugs so even casual players will hit these and fine the game to be buggy, and this does not give them time to make and do some end game content, rather they would have to rush this out to keep the playerbase from leaving but this brings in many rushed bugs and not much of a good end game.

    5. They should go back to the old style of play where it took months before one maxed out their character/s so one could also enjoy the game. Though it also must be done well and interesting. I do not see why hitting max cap in such a quick and short time helps the players? there just going to pout and cry at the end when there is nothing to do. Play the damn games properly and enjoy the ride up.

  • UhwopUhwop Wilm, DEPosts: 1,648Member Uncommon

    So a game that reportedly cost something like 200 million is going to be ok making 36 million a year, and that's before things like salaries and other overhead are paid?  

    "The best graphics of any mmo", you shouldn't glue those glasses on man.  

    I like that the Ryan also points out that, basically, only one instance of cyrodill is being utilized while completely neglecting to point out that it has a population limit; making it sound like that's where everyone went, and without using it as an indicator of a larger population problem within the game. 

    "Hundreds, possibly thousands left".  This joker can't be serious! 

  is hitting an all-time low when they start posting marketing pieces for games, by "freelance" writers.  Every article you guys post by this guy are nothing but propaganda pieces trying to convince people that everything is ok, that the game is great, and everyone not playing is misinformed.  

    Why don't you just have zenimax write articles for you?  

    Oh wait, this is exactly how Firor said they'd be marketing the game from now on. 

  • SiugSiug Posts: 1,201Member Uncommon

    Lost all interest after getting to VR1. I don't mind grind but VR is unacceptable as a concept for me. Playing alts is pointless as well because sooner or later I'll hit VR1 with them. Also I liked my sorcerer so why play some other class?

    Game over.

  • MalaboogaMalabooga aadadaPosts: 1,902Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Doogiehowser
    Now days.. flop MMO = niche.


    But this site defines success in a such way that even Titanic could be considered a success, so who cares what anyone says here, there are indicators of what is happening, even if they dont release numbers.

  • "ESO is a fantastic game, it has the best graphics that have ever been in a MMORPG"


    I laughed so hard to this...

  • funconfuncon Key West, FLPosts: 259Member Uncommon
    yeah I can't believe I blew 90 bucks for the imperial edition. it was this freaking site that hyped me up too.
  • SEANMCADSEANMCAD Houston, TXPosts: 5,339Member Uncommon

    Ironic how the very first thought about 6 years ago (and I dont exaggerate it was my very first thought) when I first logged into Darkfall.

    'WOW! this is exactly what Morrowind MMO could have been...finally someone has done it!'

    yet I have no interest in ESO. odd.

    Correlation does not imply causation

  • Lili_BirchFlowerLili_BirchFlower Chilhowee, MOPosts: 16Member Uncommon

    I was part of the closed and the open beta.  Had no experience with ES games except to watch my son play each one contentedly for years.


    Sadly, ESO seemed rather ho-hum.  It wasn't bad, but it wasn't particularly good, either.  But I kept going back because, well, it was only in its beta phases, after all.  And there was definitely improvement between the closed and the open.  


    My son also gave the (open) beta a try.  He played about an hour and stopped, citing that the game was not ES, it had lost whatever feel that had, and continues to, draw him to the ES other titles.  He said it was almost as if Zenimax had taken bits and pieces of the other titles, half-implemented them into ESO and then nerfed it all.  


    The classes were interesting but felt unbalanced.  I liked the idea of being able to wear any sort of armor and "learning" skills that would boost said armor so that I could wear lighter armor as a traditionally heavy-armored class without losing most of the protection.  Same with weaponry.  It was freeing in many ways.  But was it enough?  Was the "pretty" factor enough to counter-balance a lackluster story and overall gaming experience?


    I decided that perhaps I would have paid the game price but never a subscription.  It's simply not a good enough game to warrant a monthly sub.  To be brutally honest, it isn't a good enough game to me to warrant a $60 price tag, either.


    I tend to be an explorer who likes to experience the richness of the world and quest lines rather than a zerg-to-the-end player.  End game to me is a distant goal, not an immediate concern.  ESO really didn't give me either one, unfortunately.


    Is the game dieing?  I don't know, just as none here knows.  I suspect it will retain a certain crowd who will defend it until they're blue in the face.  But in our multi-game guild, the adamant ESO players began to dwindle within the first month.  Why?  The game just does not live up to its promise.

  • GiffenGiffen Lacey, WAPosts: 273Member Uncommon

    I left after about a month...the devs just made so many bad design decisions it's amazing.  No end game, no social interaction, questing questing questing, bugs bugs bugs, no economy....etc.

    It does have good graphics, but it's a very hollow shell beyond that.

  • GwapoJoshGwapoJosh Auburn, INPosts: 1,000Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Wyrdfell

    "ESO is a fantastic game, it has the best graphics that have ever been in a MMORPG"


    I laughed so hard to this...

    I agree.. Funny stuff. The graphics are bland and boring. No life.

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  • SaluteSalute AthensPosts: 781Member Uncommon

    Sadly ESO is dying fast and i say sadly not because i like the game but because its sad to see new games failing.

    I m bored after 10+ years to continue speaking about EQ-WoW etc. I was a huge fan of them too, but that's enough. I will support WS just to give it a chance to evolve and i hope the same will do ppl who like ESO.

    Stop recycling the same games. Stop compare games with older ones. WS is not WoW and ESO is not DAoC. Give them the chance to make the step forward. WoW or EQ or DAoC cant anymore. They have nothing more to offer.

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