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What Keeps Us Coming Back?

Elder Scrolls Online Columns - By Josh Hay on April 18, 2018

What Keeps Us Coming Back?

I’ve been playing Elder Scrolls Online since the game was released, longer if you count playing the Closed Beta. We’ve recently celebrated the game’s 4th anniversary. It’s kind of shocking that it has been that long already. With the next Chapter upon us in Summerset, I wanted to look back on my adventures in Elder Scrolls Online and ponder on why I keep coming back.

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One of the biggest reasons I keep coming back/subscribing to the game would be the community. I’ve spoken on the multiple guilds I am a part of and with that I have made many friendships along the way. I speak to these people more than my own family at this point. The amount of time I have put into doing PvE activities with them and other things keeps me coming back. Every week we have a different challenge we give each other. Speed runs, solo runs, etc. You know it, we have probably bet on it. In the many MMORPGs I have played, I have likely made more friendships in Elder Scrolls Online than any other game.

Even though I have completed the majority of the content in Elder Scrolls Online, I am still finding myself with more things to do. I am still theory-crafting with all the classes and improving each of my characters every day. My new kick is trying out Vampirism and Werewolves. I’m not too sure which one I like the most, but I will say I like the idea of being a Vampire.

Even though I have done most of the storylines and a lot of the PvE content, I am still happy running the dungeons over and over. I enjoy perfecting runs or making my character stronger somehow. Yes, I will admit that not every run is great. Repetition gets boring at times and tedious but the people I do it with makes it all worth it.

The excitement of new content coming with Summerset has me wanting to play more in anticipation. With all the anticipation over the new skill set, my theory-crafting brain is just waiting for new details. I think I may be more excited with Summerset than I was with Morrowind - I am reserving that because I hope the Psijic skill line won’t be as disappointing to me as The Warden was. Yes, I know some people were overall happy with the Warden class, but for people like me who were left wanting more, I hope that this skill line doesn’t leave us with the same taste in our mouth. Again, I have high hopes overall with this Chapter. I don’t think I will speed through the main story quest as I usually do.

Speaking of new content, since launch we have had a plethora of content come through the gates of Zenimax. This is probably a bigger reason for continued play than the community. We have had new things to do like clockwork all the time. We all know of games that are currently out there that don’t come out with new content or if they do, it’s far too late. We don’t have this problem at all with Elder Scrolls Online. Maybe, I shouldn’t say we, because I know of a few people who would like content to be released at a faster pace. We’ve discussed this before and I am generally happy with the pacing of content updates. Of course, I wish each update had more in it, but in a perfect world who wouldn’t? I know of game’s that haven’t been updated in months and players are still happy. For my part, I’m just glad ESO keeps it coming.

Wrapping up, we have the Summerset PTS! I can’t wait to get involved with that and tell you my first impressions. I will be trying to get as in depth as possible. Is there anything you would like me to explore? Please, leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to take notes on what kind of information you guys want to hear about.

Josh Hay / I blog here :D