After an impressive showing at this year’s E3 in Los Angeles, Bethesda has hit a very rough patch. The release of Fallout 76 has been rocky, to say the least, and now the next title in The Elder Scrolls series has been delayed into 2019.
The Elder Scrolls: Blades is a free-to-play mobile title, and likely the closest that fans of The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim will get to a massively single-player role-playing game until The Elder Scrolls 6, which was teased at E3 2018. Bethesda’s Todd Howard surprised many when he dated it for fall 2018. In a tweet today, that window has been pushed back to “early 2019.”
It’s more linear, claustrophobic and limited. In widescreen, the limitations are obvious; but when played in one hand, I can imagine how this game will fit into the daily routine of commuters and folks who like to fiddle with a mobile game while watching TV.
Input is handled with gestures, with taps causing your character to walk autonomously and swipes controlling where they look. Pressing and holding on the screen attacks, with the angle of those attacks tempered by where you press. Blades is not expected to be a full, open-world experience. Instead, it will have more linear levels and some limited social features.