I REALLY want to assume it is going to be a surprise DLC PTS launch date announcement... bbuutt, I have a strong feeling they are going to have an emergency response to all the most serious hate this game has been recieving from some of it's most dedicated and support fan and player base. Either way I think it will be good news. Some sort of relief. Brotherhood, let us pray.
What hate is that? I thought the IC was well loved. It has made us a bit more active in my observations, and is more fun for me. Yeah, with the VR increase it means I have to put in a lot of work to eventually replace all of my gear, but what is the urgent rush? I'll get to it when I can and that is part of the excitement if figuring out the new sets, how to obtain them etc. We have had new members coming into the guild weekly and we aren't even working on recruiting, so the playerbase seems healthy still.
I no longer have much time to browse forums or gaming press, but really, everything is going as planned as far as I am aware. Orsinium remains on schedule as well as far as I know so I don't see any mis-steps to hate upon. If folks are unhappy about the lack of more Trials, well the game was originally announced with the AvA (PvP) as it's core, and not raiding, we have endgame AvA with IC and more trials will be coming in the future. If it is class balance issues, well that is always dynamic in MMORPG's. People who make "Flavor of the Month" builds will usually be disappointed. Build what you like, not necessarily what is currently the "best" build. My character is not built the greatest, and I still have a lot of fun in the game.
Some of my notes so far during the show:
Wrothgar has over 20 POI's
It has the most content to date in an area like Glenumbra or Auridon.
LOTS of voice over work. Also most they've ever done in a single zone.
Bear mounts, bear pets and bear hats!
Kurog is a member of the Daggerfall Covenant
Full set of new architecture, art, etc. These Northern orcs are "the best crafters in Tamriel".
Arborial forest ni the south, plains in the center and a cold, Skyrimish area in the North.
There is a huge museum of Orcish heritage that you can populate with relics you find.
You rebuild Orsiunium per character. It is rebuilt as you discover new areas and do quests.
The will be crafting nodes in Orsinium that scale to your level. That INCLUDES the mats you can find in Imperial City. I *watched* them harvest Ancestor Silk.
New kind of goblin, Nastier, more powerful.
Snow harpies. Snow ogres. Snow durzogs. Pocket mammoths.
One of the new sets is "Trial by Fire" set.
2 new public dungeons: "way, WAY bigger than previous public dungeons. Not as big as IC sewers though."
Rkindaleft, a dwemer ruin.
Phasing should be a better experience.
No new GROUP dungeons.
increased the amount of experience you get frmo these public dungeons.
New motif, ancient orcs, get the pages in the two new public dungeons. Half are in one dungeon, and half are in the other.
To get to Orsinium, when you are in any major town, an Orc will run up to you with an invitiation, kind of like older TES games.
Expect new armor sets for every DLS.
"Law of Julianos" is a new armor set, a spell version of Hunding's Rage.
Part of the thinking behind adding new sets is to fill gaps that emerge / are noticed in people's playstyles.
Maelstrom Arena - like Dragonstar Arena but for 1 character. Has a Maelstrom armor/weapon drop at the end of the VET version. Like the Masters stuff they modify skill abilities, but for the SECOND skill. For example, "precise regeneration" lets them also regen magicka on a healing staff.
Lots of bug fixes in the Orsinium drops, too.
Going to be increasing the drop rate for the new armor sets. On Normal it should be 30% (it is 10% now) in, for example, IC dungeons.
They recognize that the drop rate for monstrous teeth was bad, and that will be attended to as well.
In the NORMAL mode of maelstrom arena, your progress is SAVED.
"Top end challenge for our best players"
You need to be V16 to affect the vet leaderboards
The leaderboards will be class based, so if you are a Templar, you will be compared to other templars.
Every week there will be rewards for the top tiers.
You will be able to get V16 gear in the LAST chest of the NORMAL mode, so you at least have a chance to get it.
You will be able to go into Maelstrom Arena, normal mode, at level 10. Opponents are levelled to you.
You can play Maelstrom Arena, vet mode, at level V1. Opponents are levelled to you.
You are only eligible to show up on the leaderboards if you are V16.
There are 9 levels you have to go through.
Vet level does NOT save your progress.
Gamepad support is for PC only, not Mac. Mac coming. When you plug it in, you get an option in your settings that you can toggle to CONSOLE MODE.
Improvements to grouping tools: Cross Alliance dungeons. More changes coming over time.
Shield dyes. Woot!
Champion point cap and "catch up system" will be implemented in this update.
CP cap? Wait for the patch notes. They will choose a cap that doesn't affect a great number of people.
PTS patch notes will be posted today.
PTS Orsinium might not be playable ready until TOMORROW, 10/6. Read notes today, play tomorrow?