The Elder Scrolls: Blades was a surprise announcement from the Bethesda E3 2018 presentation, bringing the world of the long running Elder Scrolls series to phones and tablets for the first time. In this Elder Scrolls Blades everything we know guide, we’ll be running through all the key details that you need to know about the upcoming game, including the final Elder Scrolls Blades release date for when you’ll be able to get playing, as well as the Elder Scrolls Blades platforms, as the game is coming to both mobile and consoles.
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The Elder Scrolls: Blades Release Date
Unlike the long wait we’ll have in store for The Elder Scrolls 6, which Bethesda also announced just yesterday during its E3 2018 showcase, we won’t have to wait nearly as long to get our hands on The Elder Scrolls: Blades.
As announced by Todd Howard, The Elder Scrolls: Blades will be releasing in Fall 2018. This could realistically be anywhere from September to November, but it at least gives us a release window, to count down until we can play the game for ourselves.
Just below, you’ll can see the full character creator for The Elder Scrolls: Blades. You’ll be able play the game as any race you want, from Argonian to Breton.
As demonstrated by Todd Howard during the E3 2018 presentation from Bethesda, you’ll be able to play the game in either portrait or landscape mode on your phone. The game is entirely using touch controls, and you can see a diagram of the full control scheme, courtesy of Android Police.
Elder Scrolls: Blades Platforms
At the Bethesda E3 presentation, Howard talked about The Elder Scrolls: Blades basically being a mobile game that’s also coming to console and PC in Fall 2018. The game was only shown off in its mobile form, being able to play in either landscape or portrait mode, with Howard making some sort of joke about using your other hand for something else while you’re playing in portrait mode. Not really sure what he’s on about.
We don’t actually know any details about The Elder Scrolls: Blades coming to PC and consoles, save that those versions are actually happening. We can assume these versions will be launching alongside the mobile version of the game, but we’ll have to wait and hear more to find out for sure.
Todd Howard revealed that you’ll be able to transfer your character between all versions of The Elder Scrolls: Blades, no matter which platforms you switch between. This should encourage players to pick the game up on mobile when out and about, but then play on PC or console at home.
Elder Scrolls: Blades Gameplay
A brief demo for The Elder Scrolls: Blades was shown at Bethesda’s E3 2018 presentation. There are three core modes to the game, and we’ll break them all down just below:
- Abyss – A roguelike experience, tasking players to get as far as they possibly can in an endless dungeon.
- Arena – Here you’ll pit your customized character against other play-created characters, dueling it out as the title suggests.
- The Town – After a ransacking, you’ll have to rebuild your hometown from scratch, creating new buildings and resources for your townsfolk.
That’s it for all the details we’ve gathered together about The Elder Scrolls: Blades so far. Make sure to keep an eye on this page though, as we’ll be updating it with any additional information that Bethesda reveals, before the launch of the game later in 2018.
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