Bethsoft has just launched Elder Scrolls Blades into mobile early access

    
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Did not see this one coming, but in retrospect, it makes sense: The Elder Scrolls Blades has apparently just launched into early access on Android in the middle of Bethsoft’s Morrowind anniversary celebrations.

The massive mobile not-yet-multiplayer sandbox and its first-person exploration and combat experience were announced at last year’s E3 and were intended to roll out this past fall, but the game was delayed into 2019. Just a few weeks ago, Bethsoft said it would be sending invitations on a “rolling basis,” but multiple MOP writers in the US have been able to install the game directly from the Android store as of this afternoon, although some have been unable to log in without invites. (We haven’t directly tested iOS, but it looks like the Apple Store page still has a March 28th date on it.)

Two of our writers have checked it out since the original reveal last summer: While Andrew thought the demo was fairly limited but still intriguing, Larry called it the best mobile game he’d ever played. Have fun in there, folks!

Update
Bethsoft’s now confirmed the release!

Here’s the screen that pops up if you’re not yet eligible:

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Christmas Dog

Just got an acceptance email… eight hours after I was able to login and play. Don’t rely on the email to be accurate, check the app now and then to see if you got in.

All in all, it’s a mobile game so I don’t expect much. Of course, it tries to squeeze money out of you ASAP. About an hour in and I’m already being expected to pay real money to progress faster. That said, I’m enjoying it for a time killer on my phone along side Pocket Camp; it’s simple, moderately fun, and I’m going to play it here and there.

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Khrome

The only reason it’s called early access is so they can get away with the bugs and glitches this time. Kind of an obvious thing to do, really. This ‘game’ will never actually leave early access.

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Cinaminson

It’s a mobile game. That’s about all I can say about it. It’s simple, has lootboxes, is time gated, and honestly makes me feel a bit motion sick playing it. /shrug

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rafael12104

Huh. No hype and a little under the radar? I wonder why? Heh.

It seems they may have learned a few lessons recently. Let’s see what happens next!

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Evan Weider

I got a notification from the play store to download it. Pretty excited to start playing…then i get the “Thanks for downloading, make sure your notifications are on and we’ll let you know…”. Bah.

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Kherova

Just preordered on iOS. Should be out tomorrow. Looking forward to it.

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Sally Bowls

TY. preordered also. It seems like tomorrow is launch not early/limited access? Or will it tells us those disclaimers tomorrow?

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David Goodman

Apparently not compatible with any of my devices. Probably due to it’s early access status, but it annoys me when things are locked based on device, instead of just “Hey, not supported, install at your own risk.”- Let me deal with that part.

Oh well, a bit more waiting is all.

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Tobasco da Gama

Yeah, I think this is part of the slow roll-out rather than a deliberate decision to lock-out certain devices, strictly because some of the devices that people are reporting the “incompatible” warning on are flagship phones that should absolutely be capable of handling the game.

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Sally Bowls

IDK, but on the dev side, it is sometimes not “not compatible” but rather “we don’t have enough SQA time to certify all configurations.” So you can delay the launch for everyone or just narrow the scope of supported configurations. While I am sure you would do the right thing, you know people and gamers. It could still generate support calls from these unsupported people. a/k/a other people are why you can’t have nice things

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Neurotic

I was surprised to see the incompatible message too. Fingers crossed it’s temporary then!

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Tobasco da Gama

Waiting on my invite, but I’m eager to try this out.

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Greaterdivinity

Welp, giving it a download. Let’s see how this thing is.

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xpsync

I’m sure it’ll be a decent distraction when waiting wherever to blow past some time. Better than 2048? maybe /jk well it should be.

Then again coming from a guy who dumps his phone when he gets home everyday and literally can’t wait for the weekend to toss it in a draw for a 2 days, prolly not going to be an immersion trip i’ll be riding.

People always ask me why i look so refreshed on Monday morning’s, i think i just realized the answer to that question.

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Matt Redding

Yeah it’s noted as (Unreleased) so I guess it’s early access slash open beta?
Ok I got the “not yet” screen. It looks like it’s a good idea to go to their website playblades.com and sign up with device info.