Elder Scrolls Online is gearing up for a massive Update 40 patch packed with exciting new features and content. In a recent preview, the developers showed off what players can expect from this update, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
Here, I will take you to review the live preview of this update. Includes new Crafting Stations, Jewelry Crafting changes, improved Group Finder tools, the highly expected Endless Archive, and upcoming in-game events. Without further ado, let’s get started!
First up, they will release ESO Update 40 base game patch on October 30th for PC/Mac and November 14th for Xbox and PlayStation consoles. In addition, PTS for Update 40 was launched on Monday, September 18th.
In addition to this Endless Archive PVE campaign, this update also introduces many new features and additional content. These are completely free for all existing ESO players, with no additional purchases required.
Grand Master Crafting Stations
Grand Master Crafting Stations, one of the long-awaited features of many old ESO players, was finally unveiled in the form of concept art during this live broadcast. These sites were created to solve the problem of limited furniture locations in Guild and Crafting Halls.
Previously, players were required to provide four Attunable Station Furnishings for each craftable set, including Clothing, Blacksmithing, Woodworking, and Jewelry.
With GMC Stations, it solved this problem. Because each Crafting skill-line will have a unique GMC Stations. Players can import Attunable Stations into their GMC Stations. This way, players only need four GMC Stations instead of hundreds of Attunable Stations. As they enter more adjustable parameters, GMC Stations visually upgrade themselves.
Players can purchase GMC Stations with Rip Vouchers. This is also good news for Guild Masters, as they are now no longer limited by the number of available furniture slots.
Jewelry Crafting Rework
Initially, Jewelry Crafting was primarily designed for endgame players. In Update 40, the developers aim to make it more accessible to all players through rebalancing.
In this live preview program, we learned some changes in Jewelry Crafting. First, Grains are expunged from the system, and all Grains in players’ inventories will be converted to Ancient Grains. Next, they renamed Platings to Ancient Platings, but the nature of the items did not change.
We should note that the conversion ratio of Grains to Platings is 1:1. The conversion ratio between Platings and Ancient Platings is 1:10.
In addition, the developers have adjusted the cost of upgrading Jewelry to ESO Gold to be more in line with other Crafting skill-lines. For example, when all improvement perks are applied, eight Chromium Plating sessions will be required.
Finally, and most regrettably, Red Jewelry Crafting will be removed from the game.
Improved Group Finder Tool
The most requested feature by the player community, the improved Group Finder tool, finally appears in Update 40.
The new tool allows players to create or join lists in various content categories, including custom content such as Trials, PVP, Zone Content or ERP. Players can apply to join these groups, and group leaders can accept invitations. We expect this change to reduce foot traffic at Craglorn, as many players have previously AFK here while looking for trial groups.
Endless Archive is a systematic endless PVE Arena available to all ESO players who own the base game. Of course, it can also be done with a companion or friend.
The core content in this Update 40 is Endless Archive, which will provide players with a procedurally generated PVE arena experience.
It tasked players with entering Endless Archive and hunting down a powerful Daedra named Tho’at Replicanum. It will create chaos by spawning various monsters.
This Archive consists of Stages, Cycles and Arcs. Completing Stages and Cycles will open a boss battle and reward you with a unique class set item.
There are over 60 different bosses in Endless Archive from different aspects of the game, including story bosses, public dungeon champions, world bosses and more.
Also, you can choose buffs and bonuses called Verses and Visions here to enhance your gameplay and enrich your gaming experience.
After winning in Endless Archive, players can earn Archive Fortunes. This is a unique currency. Players can use it to purchase furnishings, gold materials, taut deck fragments, account unlocks and curated or uncurated class sets.
Upcoming In-Game Events
Secrets of the Telvanni: This is a celebration that encourages players to take part in an Overland content of Telvanni Peninsula and Apocrypha. Completing event goals will earn your Event Goodies and Tickets.
Challenge Meter: When players complete specific tasks, a special daily event task challenge meter will populate. Reaching a certain level will reward players with rewards such as Ebony Scarab Pet, Nightmare’s Nest Body Markings, and Kelesan’Ruhn House.
Witches Festival: October’s Witches Festival will feature town decorations and traditional holiday celebrations.
Gates of Oblivion Event: This event will take place this November, and players can look forward to festivities related to Gates of Oblivion storyline.
New Life Festival: This year’s events concluded with this New Life Festival, once again bringing a joyful atmosphere to Tamriel.
Overall, they packed Update 40 with exciting changes and content, from the convenience of GMC Stations to the endless challenges of Endless Archive. With these new features and events, ESO players have a lot to look forward to in the coming months!