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The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr tells intriguing story, exhibits serious performance issues on Xbox One X

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The Elder Scrolls Online elsweyr (Image credit: Bethesda Softworks)

What you need to know

  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr recently launched on Xbox One.
  • The expansion adds a new region and brings back dragons.
  • You have to save the Khajiit homeland this time around.
  • The game can be purchased for $40 through the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab).

The Elder Scrolls Online is popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) which has garnered a strong player base over the years. A large part of the game's success can be attributed to a steady influx of new content. Towards the beginning of June, The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr launched on Xbox One and it adds dragons to the game.

According to Bethesda, Dragons have invaded Tamriel and it's up to you to stop them. The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr starts the "Season of the Dragon" which is a year-long adventure. You'll explore and defend the home of the Khajiit from an ancient evil, and command the undead with the new Necromancer class.

We've been testing out the game for the past week and can say that it features an intruging story. The mystery behind the dragon scourge unravels steadily, and each mission gets you closer to the truth. Aside from the main quest, it's quite possibly the best story The Elder Scrolls Online has ever told. There are also from the looks of it random dragons flying around which you can work together to take down. It definitely pays homage to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

While the visuals are astounding, the performance – even on the Xbox One X – is horrendous. The video provides just one example of what you'll have to endure. Other regions of the game don't suffer from this issue, but the Khajiit homeworld is plagued with stuttering and lower than 30 frames per second gameplay. It seems to be an issue of optimization because old areas don't exhibit any of these problems even with the latest patch.

Hopefully the team will fix these problems because millions of console gamers won't be able to enjoy the content. We've reached out to the company to see if they're aware of these problems and have a patch in the works.

The Elder Scrolls Online launched as a somewhat broken and unbalanced experience. At one point it was even supported by a monthly subscription model. Luckily, the developer changed the business plan and added a tremendous amount of content. After all these years, the game might be the best MMORPG on consoles.

There are two ways to play The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr at the moment. You can either buy an upgrade for $40 if you already own the base game, or you can purchase a complete bundle starting at $60. If you haven't played the game before, now's a great time to jump in.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

2 Comments
  • The performance issues are real, and I do occasionally experience them in other areas too, including Glenumbra especially in the first few days after the launch. This also occurred with the Summerset release, and I think it's more an issue of Bethesda not adequately scaling up their server fleet, a lot of the lag I see has to do with taking actions and not seeing the real world result immediately (for instance fights that are over but damage that appears a few second later). If it's like Summerset it'll be resolved on the back end soon.
  • That is too bad, no issues on PC and it is a great addition to the game