Matt Firor and the ESO development team shared their end-of-year retrospective in which the team at Zenimax looks back on the turbulent year that has been 2021.
The thing we are most proud of over the course of 2021—and 2020—is that we have given you all a safe virtual place to get away from the realities of the outside world, even if only for an hour or two. So many of you have played ESO (including many millions for the first time over the last two years) and have found solace and peace in Tamriel when events on Earth became overwhelming.
The ongoing hardware shortage and the troubles with updating the EU and NA Datacenters were also mentioned in the letter. This will be an ongoing process in 2022 as they “continue to work on performance and stability fixes and tweaks in every update.”
It also looks like the in-game storyline and events in 2022 will take a shift away from “end of the world invasion” themes to “a traditional “Elder Scrolls” story of political intrigue and factional infighting”, with a focus on one of ESO’s in-game races that have yet to have had “a full cultural and historical deep dive.”.
Firor ends the letter by saying their main focus is maintaining the well-being of their developers and gives a huge thanks to the ESO community.
The full letter can be found on the official ESO website.