It’s been a big night for Bethesda. The popular development studio unveiled a ton of new games for a variety of platforms, including the all-new Elder Scrolls: Blades, a free mobile game that will also be making its way to consoles and PC. Bethesda’s Todd Howard gave a lengthy demo of the game on-stage during their press conference.
Bethesda is promising a real Elder Scrolls experience despite Blades primarily being a mobile game. Players will still level up, acquire new abilities, customize their characters, and be able to switch out their gear. During the presentation, Howard was quick to point out Blades’ graphics, which are also being touted as console-level. This isn’t to say that Elder Scrolls: Blades doesn’t feature any of the conveniences afforded by being a mobile game. Players will also be able to experience the game in portrait mode leaving them with an open hand to “hold their coffee”.
Elder Scrolls: Blades will feature three different modes of play: Abyss, Arena, and Town. Abyss will be a roguelike mode featuring procedurally generated dungeons, something The Elder Scrolls franchise hasn’t done since The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. The Arena mode will pit you against another player, as the name implies. Finally, Blades will feature a mode called Town. Town mode will allow players to build an explore a town of their own creation, an entirely new mechanic in The Elder Scrolls franchise.
Not much is known about how the game will operate on consoles, but you can bet more details will surface as the game nears its launch later this fall.
While The Elder Scrolls Blades is certainly a neat idea, it’ll likely be used as a way to build hype for The Elder Scrolls VI, which Bethesda briefly teased during their E3 press conference. Regardless, Blades looks to be an ambitious project for the mobile platform, which is slowly gaining a library of formidable titles. The idea of a mobile Elder Scrolls game will likely cause some negative feedback from certain members of the community, but Bethesda seems to truly believe in the title judging off their on-stage demo.
The Elder Scrolls Blades will release for iOS and Android in the fall.