Bethesda’s E3 isn’t all Skyrim and Dishonored 2 – the publisher also unveils new details on upcoming digital strategy card game The Elder Scrolls: Legends.
It’s no secret that the era of digital card games is quickly descending upon fans and gamers with no previous experience with the genre alike. Ever since Blizzard took the PC and mobile gaming worlds by storm with its massively profitable Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, other publishers have been scrambling to craft their own answer to a market that had barelyexisted a mere year or two ago and is now quickly being cornered. The results have been mixed, with many getting dismissed right out of the gate as a Hearthstone clone – and so Bethesda rather quietly announced The Elder Scrolls: Legends and bided its time before revealing more details.
All fans have really discovered since the game’s initial reveal is that the card game they had no idea how to play was going to remain a mystery for a while longer, as The Elder Scrolls: Legends was delayed earlier this year. Those who have been patiently waiting for more information were rewarded in a big way by Bethesda at E3 2016, however, as a shocking number of details were finally revealed.
First, rumors that the game might try and approach the same markets that Blizzard targeted with Hearthstone were completely accurate – Legends will be coming to mobile devices as well as the PC. That’s huge news, as it means some significant competition for Blizzard and another opportunity for Bethesda to solidify its reputation in the mobile games market after the success of Fallout Shelter.
Second, and perhaps most important to fans of the digital card game industry, Bethesda unveiled a number of important gameplay elements that will characterize Legends. Players will sling cards at each other using a lane system that is not unlike Gwent, which is also rumored to become a new IP at this E3 2016. Decks will be fully customizable, and players will be able to battle against the AI in campaign mode or other players in both battle and arena modes.
Those looking to get a taste of the tantalizing new gameplay elements showcased during Bethesda’s E3 2016 presentation will have a chance sooner than the game’s release if they’re lucky. Bethesda announced more players will be accepted into the game’s beta testing phase soon, and that interested gamers need only sign up for the beta at Bethesda.net and cross their fingers.
What do you think of The Elder Scrolls: Legends now that more concrete details about the game have surfaced? Is it too late on the heels of a potential Gwent game and the market dominance of Hearthstone? Let us know in the comments below.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends will be available for the PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, although no official release date has been announced yet.