E3 2018: The Elder Scrolls Blades Won't Have An Open World At Launch, But Could Add One Later

Bethesda shares some more details about its upcoming mobile RPG.

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One of the biggest surprises to come out of Bethesda's E3 2018 press conference was The Elder Scrolls Blades, a brand-new mobile installment in the RPG series. Bethesda describes the title as a "pure Elder Scrolls game" with "console-quality graphics," but one notable difference between it and recent entries like Skyrim is that Blades doesn't have an open world.

We got a chance to speak with Bethesda's Todd Howard at E3, who talked a bit more about the upcoming mobile RPG. He confirmed that Blades was in part inspired by Elder Scrolls Arena--the earliest installment in the series--and builds upon that style of gameplay.

"We go back to Arena, which is really an awesome but glorified dungeon hack," Howard told us. "We like the old Eye of the Beholders and all of that stuff, where I wanna go through a dungeon experience, and I still find that very interesting. We do it a lot. So Blades started there. And then you have full quests and a storyline and a hub. When you get those quests from the town, you either get a handcrafted dungeon or it will generate one. And then you play through that dungeon. And some of those dungeons are big outdoor areas."

While it may not have an open world at release, Howard notes that some of the areas in Blades are still "very large." He also says Bethesda may introduce an open-world to the game down the line depending on how players interact with the game.

"We could do it," Howard said when asked if an open-world would be added to Blades. "We'll see how people interact with it. Because it's mobile, we know people may play ... We need you to get something meaningful done in 10 or 15 minutes. Do you know what I mean? Even though you could sit down and play it for as many hours as you want."

The Elder Scrolls Blades is coming to Android and iOS later this fall, and it'll be free to download. Pre-orders on both platforms are already available, and players can pre-register for early access to Blades via Bethesda's website. Bethesda has also said the game will come to PC and consoles in the future, although it hasn't revealed a release window for those versions.

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I don't usually play games on my phone, but this could be an exception.

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Will be piping TES: Blades out to my 40" TV. This gon' be good!

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To be honest, this has a chance to not suck. It will be dumbed down, but if that was enough to ruin Elder Scrolls then we wouldn't have played any of the games past Morrowind. If the touch screen controls are awkward, you can compensate by over-levelling your character. If the pay walls aren't ridiculous, it could be a fun time-waster.

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Ha! That's pretty funny- as someone not really interested in the Elder Scrolls series anymore (kind of just got old/stagnant for me...) I got super interested when the headline said it WASN'T open world... Then instant buzzkill to find out it's a mobile. Wah Wah. :)

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Lol @ all the elitists who are disgusted by games simply because they involve a touch screen.

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@TehMasterer2: It has nothing to do with being an “elitist”. Touch screen controls are notoriously sh*t when utilized for games such as this. It goes without saying that a lot of this games’ playerbase will consist of PC/console players simply because it’s more convenient to use.

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"One of the biggest surprises to come out of Bethesda's E3 2018 press conference was The Elder Scrolls Blades, a brand-new mobile..."

*Not interested*

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A lot of hate in the comments, but I think it looks cool for a mobile game.

I’ll definitely check it out.

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Eww, touchscreen gaming.

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Free is free right, if do not like it, uninstall it.

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@ps3gamer1234: When it comes to games "free" is more expensive than paid games.

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What does this even mean? How can you "add one later"?

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Well that's disappointing... Todd was a bit misleading this E3 pitching this as a mini Elder Scrolls and saying Fallout 76 can be played solo.

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Mine interest, that's something else it won't have. Suck it, Howard! Ha!

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@asnakeneverdies: Yeah, I'm sure he really cares about your opinion when his games sell tens of millions of copies and sweep hundreds of Game of the Year awards.

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@JVII: If you think this mediocre mobile spin off will sweep Game of the Year awards you are delusional.

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@Thanatos2k: If you believe I ever made such a claim then clearly you are the delusional one. And either you do or you simply can't comprehend what you read. Either way, if my cognitive capacity was as limited as yours clearly is then I would prefer not to make comments that require a higher level of understanding than you are obviously capable of.

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@JVII: I think you could amp up the passive aggressive insults just a bit more.

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@Thanatos2k: Credit is due here, at least he was verbally creative in his insults. It’s better than the alternative, which is, just... “F*** off you worthless noob”

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@JVII: You're being sarcastic, but he cares. I'm sure he cares! He must care, right? 😟