Bethesda announced at E3 this past week that Elder Scrolls Blades is coming to the Nintendo Switch next. Blades was first announced at this very event a year ago, and has since been playable on mobile phones. However, the Nintendo Switch announcement has got us excited again because for one, with proper controller support and motion controls, Blades could be even better on the Switch console. Anyway, if this is the first time you’re hearing of Elder Scrolls Blades, here’s what you need to know if you want to check it out.
Provides An Immersive Experience
Make no mistake about it, Elder Scrolls Blades will offer the quintessential Elder Scrolls experience, even on mobile phones and Nintendo Switch. The game has gorgeous vistas and graphics that we’ve come to expect, and on iPhone X it does look stunning. More impressively, the game can even be played in portrait mode on your mobile screens. That’s handy for long boring meetings at work of course. But the good news is that it isn’t exclusive to mobiles. It will be cross platform, and now that we know it’s coming to Nintendo Switch, expect to see in on PC in the future too.
Three Game Modes Available
The Elder Scrolls Blades has three game modes available. They are Arena, Town and Abyss. Arena will be the game’s PvP mode, where players can duel other players across platform for glory. Abyss is more for the PvE adventurers who want to test themselves against the AI. You will have to try and survive for as long as possible in a dungeon in this game mode. The dungeons are a mix of handcrafted and procedurally generated dungeon crawls, so expect to see a good mix of both. And finally, the Town is the main mode of Elder Scrolls Blades, where players focus on the main story, town building and more.
Story Driven with Town Building
As we mentioned above, Elder Scrolls Blades has a story mode that us players demand of a game like this. In the Town mode, players are a member of the Blades – the Empire’s top agents. Forced into exile, you find your home town destroyed and have to rebuild it. The town building mode includes decorating, upgrade stations and more that will help you in the story and dungeon adventures.As your town levels up, you get to unlock new quests, NPCs and more. You can even visit towns belonging to your friends!
VR Capable Across Platforms
Another awesome feature the game will have is through VR. Remember what we said about playing in portrait mode on your phone in meetings? The cool part is that you could be playing with another player who’s at home with a VR set on, on their PC. That level of connectivity among players and platforms is something we’ve not seen before from both Bethesda and Elder Scrolls in general.
Free to Play But Microtransactions
Most importantly however, Elder Scrolls Blades will be a hundred percent, absolutely free to play for everyone regardless of platforms. The bad news is, for the current released mobile versions, it’s full of microtransactions. These are loot chests that usually in the first few levels are free to unlock. However, the more you play, the more time it takes before you can open them again. To speed the process you can use Gems to unlock them, which cost real money. This may be a drawback for most players.