E3 Announcement: ESO for Consoles in 2014

Breaking news from GameTrailer’s “E3 All Access Live” just announced that The Elder Scrolls Online will launch for PS4 in Spring 2014. A short game trailer was shown to accompany the announcement, but details are scarce for now.

The official Bethesda website has posted an “news alert” stating the game will also be launching for Xbox One. Bethblog posted a press release that seems to confirm the Spring 2014 release date for ALL platforms.

Latest Game in Award-Winning Franchise Arriving on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac in Spring 2014

The main Elder Scrolls Online website has been re-launched with a new aesthetic design. The relaunch is accompanied by a short article confirming the console editions and the delayed release.

We’re very excited to announce that ESO is coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in addition to the PC and Mac. You’ll be able to play the game on any of these platforms in Spring 2014—we can’t wait to see you in-game!

Matt Grandstaff over at the Bethesda forums confirmed that ESO servers will be localized by platform in this post:

The megaserver technology featured in The Elder Scrolls Online will allow PC (Windows OS) players and Mac players to play together. XBox One players will play on their own megaserver as will PlayStation 4 players.

Further confirmation via the TESO Twitter:

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These announcements obviously raise a lot of huge questions, will the megaservers be shared cross-platform? What does the console release mean for ZeniMax’ business model? Will ESO development be prioritized as “PC first”, or will content releases be gated by the need to reach console gamers? How much of the release date pushback to Spring 2014 is attributed to adapting the game for consoles?

More info as it comes…