In a news blast on May 20th, 2020 through email and other means, Zenimax and Bethesda Studios sent out news that their new expansion Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor would be delayed for a week in release. Here we go over some reasons why.
With the quarantine here and everyone working from home, Zenimax and Bethesda have it no different in trying to manage things like expansion launches for the Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) from a distance. I’m sure those buildings where they house all that genius for ESO are empty right now save for a skeleton crew keeping the Elder Scrolls Online servers up. And even then the game is having issues that they say they’re aware of.
Since I’ve started playing Elder Scrolls Online again, I’ve noticed a lot of issues with lag, and other things that have slightly soured me, but knowing that they’re working on it, and realizing that I miss Elder Scrolls Online has kept me playing and just logging out for a while when those issues get too bad. They address some of these issues in their newsletter and state that they’re aware of them and are working on them, but maintaining and dealing with these issues in ESO is difficult considering they’re mostly working from home.
With Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor I’ve found that I’m excited about the game again despite its issues. Not only is it cool jumping in and discovering Elswyer for the first time as I wasn’t there for its expansion launch and running around with a necromancer, the Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor expansion will offer more in the way of content that I can’t wait to get my hands on.
That’s unless it gets delayed again, which it was said in the Greymoor news letter was a possibility.
Despite the challenges, we are still on track for Update 26 and the Greymoor [expansion] chapter to launch only one week late. Now that Update 26 is on the PTS (check it out!), we are confident that we will be able to launch Tuesday, May 26th on PC/Mac and Tuesday, June 9th on Xbox One and PlayStation®4.Zenimax Studios
I’m hoping that Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor will launch on time, but with the performance issues on both client and server optimizations, to things like key input issues when players are in high-stress situations such as keep invasions I’m doubtful. Not to mention the lag, did I mention the lag? The ESO launch will also bring new players into the mix and draw old players back as well when the expansion releases.
I do have hopes though that Elder Scrolls Online will perform it’s best when we’re all finally able to get back to work and will have fewer issues. I’m sure the ESO servers are just overloaded the moment with players that are bored out of their minds and have a ton of time on their hands while unfortunately, the staff that is manning this aren’t able to give it and the launch the full attention that they need for performance issues.
If you’re looking to get into a game, I recommend checking out ESO when it launches despite its current issues. The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor is an expansion launch you likely won’t regret getting, and you can get the game on their store online.