I am not coordinated. As much as I enjoy games, I usually end up stuck in a corner staring at the sky because I can’t figure out the damn joysticks. (Yea, I’m that guy.) Which has me geeked for the Elder Scrolls Blades game announced by Bethesda at E3 on June 10. Elder Scrolls Blades is going to be a pure Elder Scrolls game playable on mobile. It is due out for iOS and Android sometime this fall. Oh, and it’s free.
Elder Scrolls Blades is going to be set up with there specific areas. According to Todd Howard, the areas are:
The abyss, a rogue like experience where you can see how far you can go in an endless dungeon. The arena, where you will do battle one-on-one with other players. And the main mode, the town. This is the hub for your story and quests.
In Blades, you play as a member of The Blades, the empires top agents. Your character is returning to his hometown after being exiled, to find it destroyed and it falls to you to rebuild it. This is the first Elder Scrolls game that will include things like town building, where you will be able to create and customize the world around you.
While the game will initially be released for mobile devices, Howard explained that it will be playable, eventually, on any device. And all devices will be interconnected (he hopes). So, for something like the arena battle, a person playing on a mobile device would be able to play against someone playing on a v.r. device.
They also talked about the new portrait mode, which actually looks not only cool but incredibly useful. It means the game will be playable one-handed. That might not seem like much, or even like it might take away from the quality of the game, being on such a narrow screen, but which is super helpful for when you are carrying your tea, or homework, or small child with the other hand.
The game is available for pre-registration in the iOS and Android shops if you want to get it on the day it is released. Or if you aren’t a huge mobile fan, you can always sit and wait (impatiently) for Elder Scrolls VI, which was announced briefly in the same conference.
Do you think you’re going to download Elder Scrolls Blades when it comes out? Do you think it’ll be any good or is it just a gimmick to get more people to know the name? Let us know what you think in the comments.