Elder Scrolls: Blades hits iOS and Google Play early access

Mobile RPG The Elder Scrolls: Blades has hit iOS and Google Play storefronts ahead of its expected release later this month.


Elder Scrolls fans have been waiting patiently for the release of The Elder Scrolls: Blades since its surprise reveal at E3 last year. Previously planned to launch for iOS and Android devices at the end of March, the game has made a surprise appearance today on the New Zealand Google Play Store as an early access release, and it looks to be available for download in other regions as well.

Bethesda had previously provided an estimated release date of March 31. Though it was assumed the game would launch sometime around then, it seems like it's ahead of schedule — players can find The Elder Scrolls: Blades on the Google Play Store right now, with links offering the game for download or for early access depending on their regions.

It might go without saying, but mobile users will need a fairly recent device in order to install and run The Elder Scrolls: Blades. Late-model iPhones should be able to handle it well, though this writer's own Motorola G4 from 2017 seems to be incompatible with the game. In other words, it won't play on just any device, unlike Skyrim.

What exactly is The Elder Scrolls: Blades? Simply put, it's the RPG mechanics of the Elder Scrolls series distilled into a mobile-friendly format. Though it may not sport the massive open world of a game like Skyrim, the first-person perspective and suite of touch-optimized controls should please those looking to get their RPG fix on-the-go.

We're still waiting for a more formal release date announcement for The Elder Scrolls: Blades, but users can stop by the iOS App Store or Google Play Store to see if the game is available for download in their region. Until then, find all the latest-breaking mobile gaming news and reviews by heading over to the Modojo @ Shacknews home page.

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    March 27, 2019 5:45 PM

    Kevin Tucker posted a new article, Elder Scrolls: Blades hits iOS and Google Play early access

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      March 27, 2019 5:51 PM

      Downloading it now!

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      March 27, 2019 7:34 PM

      Not out on iOS yet.

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      March 27, 2019 8:50 PM


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        March 27, 2019 9:18 PM

        That's dumb. I thought this was just accessed through that sign up when it was announced.

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          March 27, 2019 10:23 PM

          Lol, WTF. I just went through signup and couldn’t be bothered to go through the shitty intro combat scene again. Glad I didn’t, since apparently I can’t play without an invite or something anyway?

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            March 27, 2019 10:24 PM

            I don't know. All I did was download and I got in and started playing. It really dumb that they're doing the access in waves.

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      March 28, 2019 1:04 AM

      this game looks really neat, but I wish it was turn based instead of real time :(

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        March 28, 2019 2:35 AM

        The shielding needs to be a little bit more forgiving or they need to extend the animation the enemies give right before they attack. I can barely time the parry correctly

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      March 28, 2019 4:50 AM


      Lol, cool.

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      March 28, 2019 5:37 AM

      Why did I pre-register on their website and the app store if it won't actually let me play it? Bethesda and their dumb decisions lately...

      It downloaded on my iPhone SE automatically, but I can't past the login screen. And my OnePlus 3 with the Snapdragon 920 is apparently not supported. Great.

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      March 28, 2019 7:03 AM

      They should make Doom RPG and Doom2 RPG and Wolfenstein RPG work on modern phones.

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        March 28, 2019 7:26 AM

        Tell them to give me a call.

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        March 28, 2019 7:35 AM

        Yes!! Loved those games... Some of the first I played on a phone that was capable of playing them.

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