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The next game in The Elder Scrolls series is probably not the one you were hoping for, but it does look nice. During the Bethesda E3 2018 press conference they announced The Elder Scrolls: Blades, a free-to-play RPG designed for mobile devices. It’s out this fall.
Unlike fellow mobile spin-off Fallout Shelter, Elder Scrolls: Blades appears to be an actual Elder Scrolls game, with first-person dungeon crawling, touch-screen controls, real-time battles, and beautiful graphics. Blades will be playable in both landscape mode and portrait mode on mobile phones and tablets.
You play as a member of the Blades, the ancient order of the Emperor’s elite agents. You’ve been forced into exile, returning home to find your town destroyed. The main game tasks you with rebuilding your town.
Aside from the main campaign, Blades will feature two more modes. The Arena lets you battle other players in a real-time PvP setting. The Abyss is a replayable roguelike mode that challenges you to get as far as possible in a neverending dungeon that gets progressively more difficult.
The Elder Scrolls: Blades will arrive this fall. It will also come out for VR, PC, and consoles, and feature cross-play. You can sign up at the main website for a chance to play early and receive exclusive equipment.
The DRM-free digital distribution provider GOG.com has officially added three of Bethesda’s RPGs to their catalog. Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion can now be purchased and played on PC without requiring Steam. All three games are being sold in their Game of the Year editions which include all officially released DLC.
As part of the release, the new additions as well as older Fallout and Elder Scrolls games are on sale throughout the weekend. Grab PC gaming classics like Fallout, Fallout 2 and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind for 75% off. Fallout 3, New Vegas, and Oblivion are currently 50% off at $9.99 each.
Fallout 3 launched in 2008 as a massive 3D overhaul to the 90’s RPG series. Fallout: New Vegas released two years later, and was actually developed by Obsidian Entertainment. It was extremely buggy on release but has since been patched, and the four DLC packs were all well-received. New Vegas is generally considered the superior title but both games are fun post-apocalyptic romps within huge worlds.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion needs no introduction. Launched in 2006 it quickly became the benchmark for RPGs for the previous generation. It helped pave the way for modern open-world games, as well as the then-entirely new concept of Downloadable Content. Hardcore Elder Scrolls fans remain reminiscent for Morrowind, and 2011’s Skyrim is the behemoth best-seller that shattered records. But Oblivion is still a solid open-world adventure to lose dozens if not hundreds of hours in.
The Fallout and Elder Scrolls Sale ends Tuesday, June 6.
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