The Elder Scrolls VI won’t arrive in 2018, but Bethesda does plan to release a brand new Elder Scrolls game in 2018 dubbed Blades.
Fans of the Elder Scrolls series might recognize the name. The Blades are an ancient order tasked with protecting the Dragonborn Emperor. They played a major role in the events in Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and they were also a big part of Bethesda’s last game in the series, Skyrim.
In Blades you assume the role of a member of the Blades as you seek to rebuild your hometown. It includes quests, one-on-one combat versus other players, and a robust single-player campaign. Everything you’d expect from a Bethesda RPG. And best of all, it’s completely free.
In this guide we’re going to take you through everything we currently know about Elder Scrolls Blades including a look at its gameplay, its release date, pre-orders, the upcoming beta, and more.
What is Elder Scrolls Blades?
Elder Scrolls Blades is a mobile RPG for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. It’s not for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Windows PC.
Bethesda’s touting the game as a huge, first-person RPG for mobile devices, on par with something you’d expect for console and PC.
The game includes a single-player campaign, an endless “Abyss” mode where you’ll fight until you die, and a mode called “Arena” where you’ll challenge other Blades in combat.
Elder Scrolls Blades Gameplay
Bethesda showcase a portion of the game its BE3 event in Los Angeles. If you missed the event, you can watch the preview, in full, below.
Blades is much different than Bethesda’s mobile Fallout game, Fallout Shelter. This is a full-fledged RPG that looks a lot like Skyrim. Bethesda says the game features “beautifully rendered, console-quality environments.”
On top of that, you’ll wield powerful magic spells, find and equip tons of gear, upgrade your character’s skills, and kill your enemies just like you would in any other Elder Scrolls game.
Instead of a controller, you’ll take on your enemies using your device’s touchscreen. Bethesda says Blades supports the two-handed landscape control scheme and a one-handed portrait setup if you’d prefer to play with one hand.
There’s also a building component in Elder Scrolls Blades though we don’t know too much about it yet. The developer says that you’ll be able to customize your town as you work to rebuild.
We expect to learn more about the graphics, combat, and building component later this year.
How Much Does Elder Scrolls Blades Cost?
While games like Skyrim, Fallout 4, and Fallout 76 cost real money up front, there’s no upfront cost for Elder Scrolls Blades. It’s free for iPhone, iPad, and Android.
We imagine there will be in-app purchases available, but Bethesda hasn’t gone into any of those details just yet.
Elder Scrolls Blades Pre-Orders
Elder Scrolls Blades Beta
If you want to try the game before it’s released (and help Bethesda squash bugs), you can signup for the Elder Scrolls Blades beta right now.
If you pre-register online between Sunday, June 10th, and Friday, June 15th, you should get access to the Early Access program and receive an exclusive sword and helmet for use in-game.
We don’t have an official release date for the beta just yet, but we imagine it’ll come sometime this summer ahead of the game’s release this fall.