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The Elder Scrolls: Blades – First details, screenshots and more revealed

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At Bethesda’s E3 Press Conference, there was a lot of things revealed for gamers across the globe to get excited about. For many, the announcement of The Elder Scrolls VI was the highlight and I definitely can’t argue there, because knowing Bethesda is working on a new main entry in the legendary franchise is just awesome.

The announcement of The Elder Scrolls VI probably softened the blow for some after seeing the reveal of The Elder Scrolls: Blades, as it almost looked like the only thing announced for the franchise this year would be Blades. That’s not to say Blades isn’t something to get excited about, especially if you enjoy mobile gaming.

The Elder Scrolls: Blades is a free-to-play mobile game that will release in “Fall 2018” and it is possibly the best-looking mobile game I have ever seen. The game will release on both iOS and Android devices, but specific requirements have not been revealed just yet. Judging from the screenshots, however, you probably won’t be able to play it with a phone from several years ago. Bethesda also showed that the game will feature cross-platform play between devices and you can even play against those with VR headsets, but specifics are still unknown at this point.

What we do know for sure is that it is a huge first-person RPG with an all-new story. Bethesda’s Todd Howard explained that:

We’ve been waiting to play a game like this. The huge first-person RPGs we love to build, but on our phones. It’s incredible what we’re able to do now.

The game will also feature multiple modes to enjoy, including a single-player experience and a PvP arena to sink your teeth into. A story description of The Elder Scrolls: Blades reads:

In The Elder Scrolls: Blades you are member of the ancient order of the Blades. Forced into exile, you seek refuge in your remote hometown only to find it reduced to rubble. Now, it’s up to you to restore your town back to its former glory.

Check out some additional information and screenshots for The Elder Scrolls: Blades below:

An Elder Scrolls game

"Blades contains the many hallmarks Elder Scrolls fans enjoy from the franchise – beautifully rendered, console-quality environments, powerful magic, tons of gear to collect, upgradeable skills and of course, real-time fantasy battles! Fights are settled using the touchscreen to slash your sword, deflect oncoming attacks, cast a mighty bolt of lightning and more."


Three modes to play

"Restoring your town will take more than tools and materials. It also needs your guidance! As you rebuild your surroundings, you will also be able to customize your city as you choose. Consider yourself the superior Blade? Prove it in the Arena! Blades features one-on-one combat where you deflect enemy attacks in real time while dishing out some of your own.  

For those seeking a daunting challenge, Blades also features the Abyss – an infinitely replayable mode in which daring heroes push their limits floor after floor in a never-ending dungeon, where enemies become deadlier and deadlier as you progress."


Adventure in your own way

"Whether you’re journeying through the single-player campaign, going for your personal best in the Abyss or striking down real-world challengers in the Arena, Blades features multiple ways to play – both in terms of your hero and your personal control preferences.  

Blades supports both a two-handed landscape control scheme and a one-handed portrait setup, should you need a free hand to enjoy a cup of coffee or discreetly slay some goblins during a dull meeting. All you have to do is rotate your device!"   


If you want to get a chance to test out The Elder Scrolls: Blades early, you should pre-register on the game’s website between now and 15 June for your chance at the Early Access program. You will also get some in-game items if you make the cut.  

What do you think about The Elder Scrolls: Blades and would you be willing to give it a try? Let us know in the comment section below.

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"Blades contains the many hallmarks Elder Scrolls fans enjoy from the franchise"

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