The Elder Scrolls: Blades has been delayed.
Bethesda announced via a brief tweet that they have delayed the mobile game until sometime in early 2019. The title was originally scheduled for release in December. No explanation was given for the delay, but some people suspect that this decision might be partially based on the negative reception of Fallout 76 as well as the negative reception of Blizzard’s mobile Diablo game announcement.
What makes all of this even more interesting are the rumors which suggest that Bethesda’s Todd Howard wanted to release the game shortly after its E3 2018 reveal (similar to how Fallout Shelter was released). The idea that this game would have possibly been released months ago and is now delayed until next year does raise some questions regarding what exactly has Bethesda so hesitant to release it.
Based on the information that was shared during that E3 presentation, Blades will reportedly resemble a proper Elder Scrolls title in many ways. It sees you play as a member of the fabled Blades (the top agents of the Empire) whose home has been destroyed by unknown forces. As you wander from the only home you’ve ever known, you encounter an epic adventure that makes up the bulk of this experience.
It seems that most of this game will take place in first-person, but there is still some kind of character creation game available (even if you’re not always able to see your character). You can control the game either by tapping on the screen to move your character or by using virtual dual joysticks.
Gameplay-wise, there’s quite a bit to do in Blades. Along with a more standard adventure that sees you explore the world and a series of hand-designed dungeons (similar to the hand-crafted dungeons seen in Skyrim) it seems that you’ll also be able to participate in a roguelike mode that features an endless variety of randomly generated dungeons that you must wander until your character falls. On top of that, Bethesda teased the inclusion of some kind of town building mode that lets you design and grow your very own settlement in this world.
While Bethesda teased the appearance of Blades on every major platform – including VR – it seems that it will arrive on mobile devices first. So far as that goes, you can pre-purchase the game (even though it will be free-to-play) by visiting this website.
This isn’t the Elder Scrolls game that we were waiting for (that would be this one), but it’s might prove to be a cool take on the franchise that looks far more substantial than the average mobile title.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.