Bethesda Softworks have today announced at the annual Playstation E3 Press Conference that their upcoming PC online game The Elder Scrolls Online is now also in development for both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One next generation consoles. The game will launch on these consoles, in addition to the previously announced PC and Mac versions, in Autumn 2014. The Elder Scrolls Online is the latest chapter of the award-winning franchise – and will bring the legendary experience online for the first time. Players can choose their own style of play as they embark upon an epic adventure across all of Tamriel, playing alone on a heroic quest as in previous Elder Scrolls games, exploring the huge, rich world with a few select friends, or playing with hundreds of others in massive PvP battles to save the Empire.
Matt Firor | Game Director of The Elder Scrolls Online
We are thrilled to bring this game to consoles, in addition to the PC and Mac. It’s something our fans have been requesting since we first announced the title, and something our team is excited to offer. Everyone will be able to play The Elder Scrolls Online the way they want to play
As you may already be able to tell as the game was previewed at the Playstation conference, there will be some added perks for Sony gamers. This comes in the form of an earlier console beta test than the Xbox One – although how early is currently unknown.
The Elder Scrolls Online is set roughly 1,000 years before the events in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and the coming of the Dragonborn, and just before the rise of Tiber Septim, the first Emperor of Tamriel. Three Alliances have emerged across the continent, each struggling for supremacy over the land. As these great powers battle one another for control of the Imperial City – and with it all of Tamriel – darker forces are moving to destroy the world.
Despite my hesitance about trusting another Elder Scrolls game on the Playstation 3 after such a bad experience with the console release of Skyrim (To the point where it was not possible to get more than five minutes into the game without crashing), I am approaching this announcement with hesitance. However, given the PC version will not be moddable like the other recent Elder Scrolls titles I am tempted to make the jump for this game to the Playstation 4 or Xbox One console.