Elder Scrolls Legends, Bethesda’s free to play card game that originally launched back in 2017. As of E3 2018, over 11 million people had played Elder Scrolls Legends across, PC and mobile platforms. As announced at E3 2018, Elder Scrolls Legends would be coming to consoles at some point in 2018 however, the future may not be looking so bright for the PlayStation version. In an interview with Game Informer Bethesda, senior vice-president of global marketing Pete Hines said that they had no interest in bringing Elder Scrolls Legends to any platform that did not support cross-play and cross-progression. Pete Hines had this to say about the subject.
“It is both cross-platform play and cross-platform progress. It is our intention in order for the game to come out, it has to be those things on any system. We cannot have a game that works one way across everywhere else except for on this one thing. The way the game works right now on Apple, Google, Steam, and Bethesda.net, it doesn’t matter where you buy your stuff if you play it on another platform that stuff is there. It doesn’t matter what platform you play on, you play against everyone else who is playing at that moment… Those are essentially non-negotiable. We can’t be talking about one version… where you take your progress with you, and another version where you stay within that ecosystem or it’s walled off from everything else… that’s our stance.”
With Nintendo and Xbox support cross-play and cross progression with games such as Minecraft and Fortnite, this would obviously not be an issue. However, in the case of Sony with the PlayStation 4, they have proven that they are unbudging in blocking cross-play and cross progression with all platforms as they proved with Fortnite. This leaves us with a lot of unanswered questions, though it seems unlikely that if Sony did not budge for the juggernaut that is Fortnite, that they would bend for Bethesda’s free to play card game. Only time will tell.
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