Bethesda demos its upcoming mobile title The Elder Scrolls: Blades

    
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At the Apple keynote earlier this month, Bethesda’s Todd Howard took the stage to demonstrate the studio’s in-development mobile title, The Elder Scrolls: Blades. Given that it was part of an Apple keynote, the demo is as much an advertisement for the Apple iPhone XS as it is for Blades itself, but it also features a couple of minutes of (ostensibly) real-time, in-game footage. The short walkthrough video shows off a variety of the game’s environment, from a decrepit dungeon to a verdant forest.

It also shows off a bit more of the game’s combat system, highlighting the way that combat works, with sword swings following your swipes across the device’s screen, as well as showcasing some of the spellcasting action available to those who are more magically inclined. “It’s not just immersive,” Howard says as the demo draws to a close, “It transports you.” Well, that much remains to be seen, but we can say that Massively OP’s Larry Everett was seriously impressed with his playthrough at this year’s PAX West.

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Kevin Smith

Anyone else rather see the input or his hands on the screen so you can tell what you are really seeing. Sure that looks lovely up on the screen without his hands in the way, but when you are having to use the touchscreen to control things your hands are going to be in the way, which is a major reason I don’t play games on my phone, beside screen size.

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Larry Everett

I can say from experience that ES: Blades works really well on mobile. Unlike other mobile games or ports, this one works really well on that platform.

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Godnaz

With the exception of a few mobile enthusiasts, hipster casual gamers will player this on thier phones. 15 here, 30mins there. Anyone who wants to campaign this game for a few hours will download the apk to thier PC and emulate it on Bluestack, or something similar and use mouse and keyboard.

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Jokerchyld

Or get a GPD XD+ and play it in an android-based 3DS-form factor device. At least thats what Im going to do. Cant wait.

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ghostlight

I’ll never understand why any serious gamer would want to play any kind of serious game on a tiny mobile screen out in public where they can be easily interrupted.

Come to think of it, I do understand. Flashing the latest pricey mobile device in public for all to see gives people a dopamine rush and satisfies their vanity.

Let the downvoting commence! ;-)

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Sana Tan

Nah, I’m with you. It’s ridiculous to play an RPG on a phone. IDK, mayyybe if you are on a plane alone and bored to death.

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steel hunt

I play RPG on a phone for several reasons

1) I can play the game on my phone when I lie down, watching some tv, put it on autogrind…. PC games are way too mentally and physically exhausting as you have to focus and control especially after a day of work.

2) I can’t just bring my pc to my workplace and play it on lunch break or in a Starbucks.

3) I understand there are huge pay 2 win elements in phone games, but I don’t really mind spending couple bucks every month for the game as my income allows me to do so.

4) I can play phone games casually and still enjoy a few heart pounding moments in pvp or raid from time to time.

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Oleg Chebeneev

There are some great games for phones. I particularly like Tinman Games and Cubus Games gamebooks

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Dug From The Earth

Right, there are some great games…. games that would be just as great, if not better, if they were on the PC or console.

The ONLY reason to use a phone instead of a pc/console, is due to its mobility. IE: if you are sitting at the DMV you cant exactly have your PC with you. But then again, how often are you at the DMV?

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Oleg Chebeneev

You’re wrong. Many games play much better on phone with touch control. Those digital gamebooks Ive mentioned are also much more convinient to play on mobile devices.

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Dug From The Earth

Last I checked, opinions cant be wrong. Ill just take it as you meaning to say you disagree with me.

For me personally, despite how well it may have been designed for a phone, touch controls are always worse.

And Ive already tackled the “when is it convenient to use a phone” bit. Im sure there are those out there that are on the go, sitting in waiting rooms, and riding the bus a LOT more often than the rest of us. Situations like this are where having a mobile device to play a game on excels, because you cant drag your xbox or PC with you.

However, why anyone would choose a 6 inch screen, often blocked by their fingers, over a 30+ inch screen to play a game on, is beyond me.

Unless, of course, you do most of your gaming on the toilet.

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J

Agreed. There have been a few mobile games that interested me, but I just end up playing them on my PC with an Android emulator.

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Ceremony

I work in an office for 8-10 hours a day at a desk staring at a monitor, for me, I really love getting home, walking the dogs – making dinner, and hopping in bed with my partner and tapping away at an RPG while we watch Netflix or something. The idea of getting back on a computer when I get home is unhealthy mentally as well as physically, (Im in my 40s), so im stoked games on Switch and iOS are getting better!

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Dug From The Earth

Heh… for me… the thought of sitting down in front of the TV is unhealthy. At least the computer has me interacting with things and people :P

And when im in bed with my partner, playing video games is the LAST thing they would want me to be doing…

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Jokerchyld

Actually mobile is the better format to play an RPG because you get more opportunities to play it. At home limits me and tethers me to the house. I would love to play ES on the plane, or my subway ride to work.

I agree with you on screen size, it would have to be large.

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steel hunt

Serious gamers are far fewer than casuals. I wouldn’t make a game just for serious gamer because you are targeting a much smaller audience.

Casuals are also far more profitable to companies because usually they can throw in some $$ every month from their income

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Alli

I used to think that, until I played Rusty Lake Paradise on my phone for 3 hours and then looked up and realized it was past my bedtime and how did I let the time slip away like that? If a game is good enough, it doesn’t matter what screen it’s on. And if it’s on my phone, I’m more likely to just click on it and start playing.

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Akagi

I wonder how playable it would be via an emulator. It would be a shame to play this game on a phone. It’s a shame they even made it for a phone. I expect something more dumbed-down that Skyrim.

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Oleg Chebeneev

No shame if controls are good. There arent many great RPGs for mobile devices, so its good to finally have some

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Akagi

Controls are the least of my concerns.

What about content?
What about freedom?
What about open world?

Phone games only go as far as to show some nice graphics, but the games are so restricted and confined on what you’re allowed to do that it makes me sick. I bet this game will be kind of like Warframe, Path of Exile and other dungeon crawlers – you stay in town, have some town activities and the main place you make progress in are the dungeons and the dungeons are just narrow corridors and nothing else, I also feel like they will take a maximum of 5 minutes to complete each and in the end you performance will be graded between 1 and 3 stars. And as you progress further, the difficulty increases and you can’t get 3 starts anymore and it makes you feel dead on the inside looking at those 1-stars, 2-stars… And it comes down to having to buy the packages that give you boosts like extra XP, purple items and whatnot so you can get those 3 stars once again.

That’s how phones games are. There are a few on the Android store that aren’t like that, that are pure RPGs with no DLC package, no in-game transactions, no ads, just classic RPG gameplay that only requires your skill and understanding of RPGs in order to progress into the game and there are no paywalls, maybe a grindwall, where you have to stop and grind a few levels before proceeding, but that’s always been in classic RPGs.

Those games include:

Dragon’s Blade
Andor’s Trail

all the game books like

Kai Chronicles
Magium
Delight Games

Those “RPGs” with shiny graphics and bombastic trailers always, I repeat ALWAYS devolve into what I described above.

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Tanek

I thought when it was announced they mentioned there would be a PC version? Or maybe I just imagined that because I don’t play games on phones.

Also, wow! comments go through fast now! Nice job, MOP. :)

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Tobasco da Gama

I think Todd Howard suggested in the initial reveal that they’d be bringing Blades to more platforms after the initial mobile release. It’s easy enough to read between the lines that this is meant to be their next ES: Legends or Fallout Shelter, as far as being an extremely accessible game that can be played almost anywhere. A native PC version seems like an obvious move, from that perspective.

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Akagi

If they have PC version, I will be so happy.

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Dug From The Earth

if you get the android version, just use Bluestacks

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steel hunt

From what I understand is that you can certainly play on bluestacks however your will suffer lower graphic settings as some mobile titles do not let emulator graphics past certain points

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Oleg Chebeneev

What is new? Ive seen this exact demonstration 2 months ago