The Elder Scrolls Blades Announced For Phones

Today Bethesda announced a new Elder Scrolls game called Elder Scrolls Blades.

Todd Howard likened it philosophically to Fallout Shelter as a "uniquely mobile experience." It's first-person ala traditional Elder Scrolls games, but with touch-screen based swiping combat. It features both handcrafted and procedurally generated dungeons.

It's not just a dungeon-crawler, though. There are outdoor areas and a town you can build, upgrade, and decorate — which will unlock new quests for you. You can also visit friends' towns.

You can also play it in potrait mode, because as Howard said, "you never know when you'll need a free hand." I'm not entirely sure what he meant by that, but I'll never kinkshame Todd Howard, and neither should you.

Howard said Bethesda is gonna bring the game to as many platforms as possible, from mobile to console to PC to VR. It's coming out this spring.


    ... and planned for release on everything else.

    ... you can now pre-order a free game *facepalm*

    ... and the million dollar question. Whats the microtransaction catch?

    The crowd went very quiet when they showed this off and you could see people looking at each other as if to say, "This isn't the new ES is it?!"

    Thankfully they ended on a better note.

      I didn't really get that. This game looks visually pretty good for a mobile game, and it's free. Can't complain in good faith about something for nothing.

        Not taking a swing at the game, it looks nice and I will prob check it out.
        But let's be honest, nobody went in hoping to see a free to play mobile ES, the mood went from excited during Fallout, to very reserved during this and then insanity with the ESVI teaser.

        "it's free"

        I'm at work... did they talk about monetisation?

        If this was a $10 or $20 purchase, I'd be all over it.

          Not that I saw, and I didn't see anything in-game that would have suggested limitations you'd have to pay for. Doesn't mean there isn't, of course.

        Maybe, but that's not what people wanted. People wanted a proper ES game. One that's not a mobile game. It may be free, but of course people would be disappointed if they were expecting a full ES game but were only given a phone game

          Getting something you didn't want is rarely a problem. Not getting something you did want is. They're different things, as was the case in this conference where people got both.

      Would play this game to be honest. Feels interesting and on the go ES on my phone.

      You should have seen the Gears announcement in Microsoft E3. I have never heard so much disappointment when the first one that came out was Gears Pop, luckily Gears 5 came and bring the excitement back.

    From the gameplay in the first couple of minutes (fighting the skeletons) it seems there's no block function - maybe the first MTX?

    It's a crazy world we live in when the word "free" strikes fear into my game.

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