The mobile ES game, Elder Scrolls: Blades has been delayed and its release date has also been pushed forward to 2019. Bethesda assures that it’s only been pushed to early 2019 which could mean the first couple of months.
The Elder Scrolls Blades release was originally planned for Fall, meaning August and October. That was pushed ahead, most likely in anticipation of Fallout 76’s release. And we all know how that went.
Bethesda is another among others that have deviated to the mobile side of games for their titles. No doubt to extend their access and reach. Wanting the game to be available and become known to as many people as possible following the Elder Scrolls Blades release date.
Everyone has a phone nowadays. I mean there’s a reason we got the legendary Wyatt Chang line from Blizzcon. Though it was still pretty uncalled for and all.
The Elder Scrolls Blades did have a beta of sorts at E3 which a lot of people did play. Often crediting Bethesda with what they were able to do on a mobile platform.
Considering how the last scrolls game we saw was Online, which didn’t live up to its hype. It might be a bit disappointing and underwhelming for most that the next game we see for the Elder Scrolls series is on mobile.
Mobile gaming while being a platform on its own, does not really appeal to the hardcore gaming audience of PC and console gamers. This applies to the Elder Scrolls fanbase as well. We’ve already seen how hardcore gamers react to mobile deviations of their favorite titles.
The blades themselves which I assume this upcoming game is about, are a faction in the Elder Scrolls series. They were a group of dragon hunters that turned into royal guards after the dragons faded from existence. Over time, the blades faded into a forgotten myth that a few people knew.
Their big comeback was during the events of the Elder Scrolls V, Skyrim. The dragons come back and the Dovakiin enlists the help of the Blades in fighting Alduin.
Seeing all that rich lore and worldbuilding being applied to a mobile game would be interesting. And what plotline are they following? The Blades during the times of the ancient dragons? Or is it during the royal guard era? Perhaps even after the events of Skyrim where the dragons have returned. Endless possibilities.
The Elder Scrolls Blades release date is set for early 2019. Hopefully, they do better than what Bethesda pulled with Fallout 76. The mobile game market is definitely a profitable one, but not for the hardcore gaming market.
So as far as Bethesda’s goal of community outreach and access across platforms go, that might as well succeed. But with the hardcore gamer audience and fans of the series. A mobile game probably won’t do the Blades lore justice.