ESO Servers Back up for PS4 Users After Extra Downtime—Patches Explained

Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) servers for the PS4 were back online at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning after being down since the early hours of Monday.

The game's publisher Bethesda announced all North American and European megaservers were down for maintenance in a tweet just after 4 a.m. Monday morning and said they would be expected to return about six hours later.

PC and Xbox One servers were returned within a few hours, but PlayStation server maintenance continued long past the original scheduled completion time, prompting criticism from PS4 users on Twitter.

Bethesda said the server maintenance team had run into issues specifically for the PS4 and were working to find a solution.

The Elder Scrolls Online said in a post from its official Twitter account on Monday: "This morning while we were testing the build, we discovered some pretty severe hitching that was rendering the game unplayable that only impacts PlayStation builds.

"We've been working with Sony to identify the root cause and get the issue resolved, and we want to get everyone back in-game as quickly as we can."

Bethesda Support announced the servers were back online at around 2:35 a.m. EDT Tuesday morning.

According to the patch notes, ESO on the PS4 is now on version 2.15, and the latest update was around 1.04GB in size.

Updates include several fixes for the Flames of Ambition dungeons, as well as a number of crash fixes.

Players should now notice that weapons are once again visible while they are performing emotes, and guild and friends list history should also be back.

The patch notes also state there were issues surrounding players being able to access abilities they should not have had access to, and that fixes have been applied.

There were also various patches to specific downloadable content packs, such as the Flames of Ambition, Imperial City and Orsinium packs.

It is not the first time PlayStation players have had to experience longer server downtime than other players in recent days. Bethesda Support said server maintenance for the PS4 had to be extended on March 30 for a couple of hours after both PS4 and Xbox players experienced downtime most of that day.

The Elder Scrolls Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game published by Bethesda and developed by ZeniMax Online Studios.

It was released in 2014 as part of the wider Elder Scrolls series after being in development for several years. Set in the fantasy continent of Tamriel, its storyline links back to previous games in the franchise. The next major instalment, Elder Scrolls VI, is still years away.

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A player holds a PS4 controller at the Gfinity Arena on March 28, 2019 in London, England. ESO players on the PlayStation have complained about the extended downtime on Twitter. Alex Pantling/Getty