It's official, housing is coming to Elder Scrolls Online at some point. Zenimax Online had previously hinted that they were thinking about it, but now there have been multiple confirmations that it's actually being worked on.
The first one came straight from Game Director Matt Firor (also known for his work on Dark Age of Camelot). In an interview with German site PlayMassive, that's what he said:
Internally, the development team have different concepts that are currently checked - from simple over extensively to "impossible". In the end it will probably be a mix of all variants which pays particular attention to the fact that it has a very solid structure, which is also reminiscent of the housing from the single-player titles in the series.
Yesterday, Creative Director Rich Lambert also talked a little bit about it on the official ESO Live stream.
I know Matt talked a little bit about some of the things we're doing with housing, so we're starting to do some initial designs for that. It's happening, we're not gonna say when but it's being worked on.
You shouldn't probably expect to decorate your Tamriel house any time soon though, as Zenimax Online currently has a huge pipeline of DLC content scheduled for release. The Imperial City (along with a couple new dungeons) will launch in late August on PC and mid-September on consoles; Orsinium should hit before year's end, and the additions of the Dark Brotherhood and the Thieves' Guild will be coming next. At the established rate of one DLC every three months, housing may happen in Q3 or Q4 2016 if things go smoothly.
Elder Scrolls Online is enjoying an upturn after abandoning the mandatory subscription
Back to Matt Firor's interviews, though, as he spilled more details. For instance, a barbershop is eventually coming, allowing players to change their characters' appearance; seasonal events will be limited to costumes, at least for now.
In another interview with French site Game Guide, Firor also mentioned the possibility of a mobile app for Elder Scrolls Online. This app could let you check the status of the PvP campaign, your character's inventory and even chat with friends, like similar apps for other MMORPGs.
Elder Scrolls Online is enjoying an upturn after abandoning the mandatory subscription. Console sales in the first two months have been particularly good, though this isn't exactly a surprise since the majority of Elder Scrolls fans are console gamers.
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