Elder Scrolls Online Xbox One/PS4 delay confirmed -- Bethesda explains why it was necessary

"We are still working to solve a series of unique problems specific to those platforms," company says; buy the PC/Mac version by the end of June and you can transfer your characters to Xbox One/PS4 and get a digital copy for $20.

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The reports were right. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of MMO The Elder Scrolls Online have been delayed. Publisher Bethesda confirmed the news in a statement released today. The company explains that "unique problems" related to the Xbox One and PS4 are to blame for the delay.

"We continue to work on the console versions of ESO, and game development has been progressing steadily, but we are still working to solve a series of unique problems specific to those platforms," Bethesda said in a statement. "Integrating our systems with each console manufacturer’s networks--which are both different from the PC/Mac system as well as different from each other--has been a challenging process. It has become clear that our planned June release of the console versions isn't going to be possible. Though we have made great progress, we have concluded that we’ll need about six months to ensure we deliver the experience our fans expect and deserve."

As a means to "make it up to" fans, Bethesda said it has reached a special arrangement with Sony and Microsoft. If you buy the PC/Mac version of The Elder Scrolls Online by the end of June, you will have the chance to transfer your character(s) to either console (Xbox One/PS4) when those versions are released.

"The offer will allow you to begin playing immediately on the PC/Mac, and then add the PS4 or Xbox One version and transfer the character(s) you have created and developed," Bethesda said. "And, you don’t have to pay full price for the game twice. For $20, eligible PC and Mac players will have the option to add a full, digital version of ESO on either the PS4 or the Xbox One with your character transfer(s), and another 30 days of included game time."

For more on The Elder Scrolls Online, be sure to read GameSpot's review of the PC version.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

210 comments
Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

That's how they apologize?! "Here, buy our game twice!"

First off, I own a X1 because I don't wanna waste two grand on a PC just to play games on it.

2nd why the f*ck would I pay an additional $20 on top of the initial cost and subscription?! That's still paying extra! From what I'm hearing, ESO sucks anyway. Maybe when Bethesda gets their sh*t together, I'll get Fallout 4 if it ever sees the light of day...

Syndicalist
Syndicalist

Pathetic game. Honestly, if you like Elder Scrolls, then stay away from this third-rate tripe.

Also, if you have played MMOs like WoW, GW2, RIFT, or any other big names, you will find this a very limited, and console-orientated game, which does not FEEL like any of the GOOD MMORPGs out there.

WoW perfected the art of MMORPG back in Vanilla and TBC. MMORPGs in general have never been good since then, but this one is an absolute joke. Really, really, really bad.

DemoKnight10656
DemoKnight10656

wait wait wait wait they delayed it again so its not coming in JUNE CMON THAT WAS THE HYPE plz tell me im late and this was a delay months before

zfazal84
zfazal84

That seals it,


This game is dead on arrival.

sooty1987
sooty1987

they shouldn't have made it a MMO!! 

GatzbyIGN
GatzbyIGN

I'm sure that developing on consoles that are nothing more than PCs in architecture with closed hardware and only one specification proved to be a daunting task... :|

danmack888
danmack888

So what, exactly, IS coming out for PS4 this year? It seems every time I look at a game site these days, games are being delayed up the wa-f***ing-zoo. First there was Watch Dogs, which should have released in November of last year. Then, there was The Witcher 3, which was due out sometime this year. Then, there was Dying Light, The Division, and Arkham Knight.

Seriously, don't f****ing announce the release date of a game unless you're ONE HUNDRED per cent certain it is coming out. I don't care if you don't tell us anything at all. It's better than getting our hopes up and then shooting them down in flames.

trust2112
trust2112

The real reason, they didn't find enough stupid PC users to actually WANT to pay to play that piece of crap. Good luck on the consoles, suckers.

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

Bethesda has also announced that they've reached a special agreement with the department of motor vehicles so that if you DO purchase two retail and/or digital copies of their horrifically mediocre MMO, Elder Scrolls Online, that you will legally and retroactively qualify for handicapped license plates in 47 out of 50 of your great states. No one "makes it up to" their fans like Bethesda! 



Spagalicious
Spagalicious

Is there any new game that will actually come out on time anymore? Why even give release dates? All but a select few next-gen titles have just gotten pushed back.

suzuk
suzuk

Which reminds me Age of Conan Xbox which never happened maybe......

hitomo
hitomo

watch?v=UrO0db-04HQ&feature=youtu.be

hitomo
hitomo

when will you realise only subscription model ensures Quality games ... F2P games are not further developed after they go live ... they are droped as they are, cause they only exist to yield maximum Profit


you must be so spoiled by sub bar free to play / pay to win / unchallenging clicky browsergames,

that you really cant remember anymore what quality gamiing means?


People where crying for a decade now to get rid off stupid fetch and kill quests, to overcome the bounderies of MMO gameplay ...


now its happening, and you must be the most stupid Person on the planet if you are an MMO or RPG fan

and are missing this out ...



the delay is mostlikly to wait until the People hyped by FF.online atm are disappointed enough to be ready for the revolution



mattress805
mattress805

The monthly subscription formula will NEVER be that successful on console anyway. We already are paying for so many things like gold and ps+ membership , high speed , internet , the cost of the game, e. Etc. and then add another 15$ fee on top of that to play Elder scrolls online. No thanks

Keitha313
Keitha313

Lol I knew this game would flop...

I mean it wasn't that hard to figure out they're going into something entirely new and trying to compete against veteran companies that have mastered this huge multiplayer online game.

stick to what you know, you can still make changes but this was a step too far and you've wasted far too much money on this steamy piece of shit.

k9kal85
k9kal85

The problem they ran into is that the game sucks.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

im glad its delayed, just means we will get the less buggy release compared to pc and plenty of time to play other games.

adders99
adders99

so spend all that money on the pc version and then still pay $20 to transfer character to my xbox... nooooooooo thank you! 

cws3e
cws3e

just cancelled my preorder.  really wanted this game, but i'll probably be on to other stuff by decemeber. delays piss me off.  learn some project management people.

frogchaser
frogchaser

Not going to buy this piece of Zenimax bull crap. I am glad I have avoided this game. 

Giarccpsn
Giarccpsn

One major unique problem is the game's total crap. 

Ayzed
Ayzed

meh wasn't gonna get this anyway. I want Fallout 4 Bethesda, not a garbage MMO

Keithy211
Keithy211

Better try to push console version out quicker so you can make a little profit before the game fails and is forced into F2P!  Don't tell anybody I said that hehe

fyrflash1969
fyrflash1969

So many boneheads crying in the comments.  ESO is 40$ this week at Best Buy and Amazon.  If you have GCU, you can get it for 32$ at best buy.  Change later to the PS3 version for 20$ more with one free month, makes it an extra 5$ overall... so the PS4 version + 2 months is less than 60$ if you get the PC version now.  If you are a fan of buying a game at the highest possible price, shop around and find it for 60$, but it is cheaper in a lot of places already.

DELUKARD
DELUKARD

Do console gamer really care about this?

most of my console gaming friends don't even care about ESO.

They all play FFXIV ARR ( not a good game imho) 


frogchaser
frogchaser

I suppose we the gamer are dumb. We should buy a PC version for just $60 and then get a digital copy for our consoles as low as $20 bucks. What a sweet deal! Am I right ladies?

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

So disappointing. Now they are going to release it when there are 10 other games I want to play. 

metallinatus
metallinatus

They are obviously having problems to run the game 1080p/60fps on such old hardwares....

The good news is that all the next gen gaming devices (AKA PCs) will run it without a problem.

DVONvX
DVONvX

mediocre reviews for a game that requires a subscription fee on top of a $60 purchase? lmao...no no..I'll be playing Dragon Age Inquisition. 

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

Well after the nightmare PC has been thus far (unless you like PvP or single player experience on a MMO strictly) I can't blame them.

They need to make the PC stable before they even attempt the consoles which are apparently more 'restrictive' (A first! to say that both systems are restrictive!)


I already got my choice when ti comes to MMOs but I hope by the time the consoles are released the issues will be null and void.


Odd how there is so many issues when other MMO can do cross platform like a champ and even with previous gen tech without issues.


Guess it takes longer when you don't have much in the way of net coding skills. Funny. An older MMO can be played on PC, PS4 and PS3 which is last gen just fine but they can't get it working due to 'unique' issues. Ptthhh what a joke. Zenemax or whatever they are called is just like Trion. Sloppy as hell coders.


Bethsedia and their fans deserve better than this sloppy coding.

mixmaster1995
mixmaster1995

Well that sucks. Though I'm glad I got my PC copy and it's pretty nice that I can transfer my characters.

zillaman101
zillaman101

Ugh, well this sucks. I was waiting to buy a PS4 until ESO would come out. But it's not coming out for a while...

figomebriga
figomebriga

@zfazal84 this seals it? lol game got sealed before release. Full of gamebraking bugs 2 weeks before release...lol. This game is so dead it's decomposed by now.

devinmorelli
devinmorelli

@danmack888  when a project is created, it is given a budget and timeline, which are only estimates. An estimate, by the nature of averages, is going to be early 50% and late 50% of the time. Sorry you don't like that. Perhaps it would be easier for you to curb your short attention span rather than change the nature of project management.

figomebriga
figomebriga

@trust2112 Exactly if you want to make money out of hype go to consoles every time. Piracy there is late and before those suckers realize what they bought it it's already too late. Consoles work great with hype.

sethschroeder07
sethschroeder07

Publishers push the date up developers until recently would have to live with it. After a couple bad launches such as BF last fall seems like publishers are backing off release date is release date.

Abanaa
Abanaa

@hitomo  "F2P games are not further developed after they go live" - take a look at Rift wich is f2p and keep bringing new content.

"you must be so spoiled by sub bar free to play / pay to win /" - I think you're the one spoiled. All subscription games where you see bots and gold sellers are pay to win. Just think at why ppl buy that gold... 

Only the questing alone dosent save the game. If i look and compare what you can do in ArchAge vs ESO, then ESO is verry little. Keep in mind that ArchAge will be F2P, and even Blizz will switch to F2P mmo's in the next years.


figomebriga
figomebriga

@cws3e good call. Skip this and search youtube for Black Desert. Think you'll find it better in every way.

mattress805
mattress805

Right. Good luck on them releasing this in the fall. Lol there's way too many good games coming out at that time.

mattress805
mattress805

Dragon age inquisition will stomp on this game

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@zillaman101 *cough* Final Fantasy: A realm Reborn  only 40 bucks brand new. =) least worth a shot while you have to wait.

figomebriga
figomebriga

@sethschroeder07 Sad thing is this sub model is now supporting a beta product and when it's fixed it will go f2p. Thank you for supporting this beta release.

figomebriga
figomebriga

@Abanaa @hitomolol lotro maybe? Guild wars? any F2p you pick gets plenty development. All of them get plenty of development.

Thing is players are nowadays finally figuring out that MMOs are just a cashgrab. Mmos are always bad in stroy line, questing graphics, physics combat and everything else compared to single player Rpgs.

They try to sell you an idea that turns out is lacking in every forementioned categories.


Until mmos reach a certain standard of fluency and features that don't depend on your imagination it's just another cashgrab that preys on the weakminded fools.


You wanna invest in a bad 20y old looking rpg with repetitive quests and multiplayer go ahead.