The Elder Scrolls Blades
Unless you have been living under a rock you have probably already heard about the Elder Scrolls Blades, a new mobile game coming this fall from Bethesda.
Announced at E3 2018, there have been a lot of questions surrounding the game and when it will release.
Elder Scrolls Blades Trailer
Blades Release Date
When the game was uploaded on the App Store for pre-orders, Apple put an expected release date of September 1st, 2018 listed on the page.
This would coincide with the fall release window mentioned by a Todd Howard at this years E3 conference during the Blades reveal trailer.
While we haven’t heard any updates on the Beta for the game this doesn’t mean one isn’t currently taking place. If you are interested in a chance at participating in the Elder Scrolls Blades early access program click the link below for the signup page on Bethesda’s website.
Gameplay and Features
In addition to being a mobile game this is what we know about some of the gameplay features in the Elder Scrolls Blades.
- Story and Quests
- Dungeon Crawling
- Town Builder
The Town: Presumably the main mode of the game that serves up the game’s story and quests for players to advance through.
The Arena: Where players can challenge other players in 1 on 1 combat.
The Abyss: A rogue-like mode that allows players to see how far they can progress in an endless dungeon.
Decide what your town looks like and upgrade the individual elements of your town. As the town levels up you unlock new NPCs, quests and more. It will also include a feature that allows you to visit other player’s towns.
According to Bethesda all platforms will be able to play with one another, however we have heard some news in recent weeks of Bethesda’s struggle with Sony which has a long history of not supporting cross-play features in games on the PS4.
Free to Download / Free to Play?
The Elder Scrolls Blades will be free to download and is currently available for pre-order on the Apple Store.
The Elder Scrolls: Blades by Bethesda
However you will notice that during the gameplay trailer, players collect green gems in addition to gold. This currency can also be seen in one of the inventory screens.
It’s safe to assume this will be some sort of in game currency, potentially associated with the town building aspect of the game or another play mode. From the trailer we know these gems do drop in the game so they may also be collected through standard gameplay.
In a recent interview Todd Howard stated Blades would feature light monetization.
I’m going to stear clear of the typical doom and gloom gamer predictions and just note that while Fallout Shelter also had monetization options, it was really not necessary to purchase anything in order to enjoy the game.
Harkens Back to Arena
I am personally really excited for the Elder Scrolls Blades. I would really love to have an Elder Scrolls Experience beyond Legends that I can take with me in my pocket.
Todd Howard also gave Elder Scrolls Arena a nod during the Blades E3 reveal when he mentioned the game will feature both hand crafted and procedurally generated dungeons.
You can also see the Elder Scrolls Arena influence in the way the combat works and how the sword follows your finger as you swipe it across the screen.
Will the Elder Scrolls Blades be Skyrim 2? Probably not and I don’t think that’s what Bethesda set out to make.
Blades will be a unique mobile experience that stays true to the Elder Scrolls past with titles from the Travels series like Stormhold, Dawnstar and Shadowkey.
With Elder Scrolls VI in development, Skyrim SE, Legends and Elder Scrolls Online there is plenty of Elder Scrolls content currently available for fans and coming our way.
Blades will help make the Elder Scrolls universe even more fully realized and should be a fun, fantasy experience in the palm of our hands.
What’s your take on the Elder Scrolls Blades and what features are you hoping to see in the game? Let me know in the comments below!