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…

539 responses to “E3 Announcement: ESO for Consoles in 2014”

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    Yevon

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    Malacath said on June 11, 2013 :

    So let me break this all down. I liked Facebook pages and followed twitter accounts, signed up for multiple ESO fan sites since their early establishment, created a guild, followed development from the beginning since its announcement almost a year ago, waited months for even just a shred of new info/gameplay, and this is what I get in return? To me, this is like a swift kick in the balls and obviously I’m upset.

    I haven’t signed onto Tamriel Foundry in a couple months, although I have been lurking the forums and following everything still. Everything really seemed perfect and my mouth literally watered after watching new game play, presenting even more incentive for me to play this game. Unfortunately, the recent information that was given to us makes me feel like I’ve been mislead and as if some was just an illusion that would later be revealed as something different. For me, this isn’t even about the pleasing every single person in any way, shape or form anymore. This is about me and other PC & Mac users getting what we were promised and were told repeatedly and I really expect to get it. I understand that console users were upset about not having the ability to play ESO on consoles, but now that they can, PC users are unhappy. By making one demographic happy, they made another upset, and the other just happened to be a more devoted throughout this process in my honest opinion.

    I know I probably sound pretty heated right now but it’s all for the sake of maintaining the games previous foundation. All I hope is that I get MOST (already not getting it all ie. release date), of what I was promised and that ZOS don’t ruin something I’ve spent over a year following.

    While I can understand your concern I urge you to take a deep breath and really think about what this announcement means. There are some valide concerns which we are discussing in the forums now, but as a whole this does not mean doom or anything close to it. As to launch getting pushed back, well that happens in most AAA MMO’s and many of us saw this coming. I understand that is small consolation, but perhaps it helps a bit.

     

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    Saturos Hawkheart

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    As many others have done on this forum, I must give my rant and vent to how I feel about the release of this game to consoles…

    Personally, having read this ENTIRE forum, and weighing the thoughts, concerns, and negatives/benefits I feel this is an overall negative decision for the game in general. I personally started as a console gamer and moved into the PC crowd around 6 years ago. It is quite obvious the difference between the two communities. I personally feel the console gamers tend to be more of a hit and run whereas the PC crowd tends to stick to games (worth staying with) for greater periods of time. Consoles are more used to getting a new game every year and changing it up whereas the PC crowd is more attuned to staying with one game and receiving expanded content/items/etc. This being said, i do feel that the game will be lessened as a whole to, for lack of a better term, dumb down the game to allow for consoles the same experience as the PC gamers. I also feel this will damage the stratagem entailed in boss fights allowed for in the PC to allow for equality between platforms. IE they could not make a boss have a certain mechanic, not allow players to use certain abilities because the console couldn’t handle it as well. I may be wrong in this, but i feel that to allow it to be as successful on a console they will have to cater to the more casual player, taking away from challenging content that the PC gamer (IE hardcore MMO player) can experience, essentially killing it as an MMO, and forcing it into a multiplayer game. This fact alone, unless ZOS segregates the communities and designs separate content to be platform specific (which will more than likely not happen), will essentially kill at least 70% of the PC community.

    @Atropos <3 I personally am glad to hear that you(and the rest of the moderators) will be continuing TF to cater more to the PC gamer. Also, to everyone who is raging “ERRMAHGERD WHY IS U MAINLY PC”, up until yesterday ESO was ONLY PC. The moderators have spent all their time and sweat designing a great site for a PC GAME, only to have ZOS say, ” BTW, ESO is on consoles now.” I do not believe they should change their stance on what they believe the game should be, or on what they support in it because people, who as Atropos said, get an ENTIRELY FREE community site to discuss the game, who play console think they deserve you to work to adjust your to cater to what they want, when you yourself will gain essentially nothing from this.

    Ok, i think that is enough of a rant, let all the console gamers begin hating. =)

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    Malacath

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    Yeah I agree with the fact that pushing the release date back, although very irritating, means a game will release with more development and effort put forth into it. All I hope for now is that the information they release in the following days will be much better.

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    Solitar

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    Im more in between. Im just worried that my pc will not have enough memory, so E.S.O. might not work. But all my friends will be on pc.

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    Solitar

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    Nevermind! I go for it. Elder Scrolls Online for XBOX ONE!

     

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    Valkez

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    Solitar said on June 11, 2013 :

    Nevermind! I go for it. Elder Scrolls Online for XBOX ONE!

    lol, pity on you.

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    Caracala

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    Valkez said on June 11, 2013 :

    Solitar said on June 11, 2013:

    Nevermind! I go for it. Elder Scrolls Online for XBOX ONE!

    lol, pity on you.

    Pity on you for having nothing better to do than judge peoples decisions

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    Valkez

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    Caracala said on June 11, 2013 :

    Valkez said on June 11, 2013:

    Solitar said on June 11, 2013:

    Nevermind! I go for it. Elder Scrolls Online for XBOX ONE!

    lol, pity on you.

    Pity on you for having nothing better to do than judge peoples decisions

    Perhaps ye, its quite a waste of time to try to point out how much of worthless consoles are. Pity on me for still trying.

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    Clipclop1530

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    Valkez said on June 11, 2013 :

    Caracala said on June 11, 2013:

    Valkez said on June 11, 2013:

    Solitar said on June 11, 2013:

    Nevermind! I go for it. Elder Scrolls Online for XBOX ONE!

    lol, pity on you.

    Pity on you for having nothing better to do than judge peoples decisions

    Perhaps ye, its quite a waste of time to try to point out how much of worthless consoles are. Pity on me for still trying.

     

    PITY ON US ALL!!!

     

    Anyways, dear Xbox friend. I reserved my Xbox One today, but I advise you to stick with the PC version of this game, I will be doing this.

    Why? You may ask. Because chances of the console market dying out before PC is high. Therefor, save yourself the headache of a very empty server and stick with PC for this. If you choose not to do this I wish you good luck.

     

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    Madara Uchiha

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    I definitely support this, it’s a great choice and there were some people getting PC’s just to play ESO, now they can get PS4 all while getting ESO as well. Not to mention it will draw in more players to the MMO genre, plus we need more MMO’s on consoles anyway.

     Listen… In this world, whenever there is light, there are also shadows. As long as the concept of winners exist, there must also be losers. The selfish desire of wanting to maintain peace causes wars and hatred, and is born to protect love.” – Madara Uchiha

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    Nybling

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    Madara-Uchiha said on June 11, 2013 :

    I definitely support this, it’s a great choice and there were some people getting PC’s just to play ESO, now they can get PS4 all while getting ESO as well. Not to mention it will draw in more players to the MMO genre, plus we need more MMO’s on consoles anyway.

    People always get new PCs for certain games, besides, you need to upgrade your PC from time to time.

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    zanthorn

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    So of all the people that are not going to follow this game any more.

     

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    Madara Uchiha

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    Nybling said on June 11, 2013 :

    Madara-Uchiha said on June 11, 2013:

    I definitely support this, it’s a great choice and there were some people getting PC’s just to play ESO, now they can get PS4 all while getting ESO as well. Not to mention it will draw in more players to the MMO genre, plus we need more MMO’s on consoles anyway.

    People always get new PCs for certain games, besides, you need to upgrade your PC from time to time.

    Yea, though my point is that instead of people getting it just for that, they can keep their PC buying money, and get the PS4 which is not to mention cheaper than a gaming PC which costs around over $500. Also they won’t be able to say “darn the Ps4 looks so awesome, it’s a shame i’m saving to get the PC for ESO.” They’ll get both their Ps4 and it’s games, as well as ESO.

     Listen… In this world, whenever there is light, there are also shadows. As long as the concept of winners exist, there must also be losers. The selfish desire of wanting to maintain peace causes wars and hatred, and is born to protect love.” – Madara Uchiha

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    Alduin

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    My friends and on on TheSkyrimBlog are running into some serious problems with guild forming now :(

    They really should’ve made it for PC only, even if it does sounds selfish.

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    Saturos Hawkheart

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    Alduin said on June 11, 2013 :

    They really should’ve made it for PC only, even if it does sounds selfish.

    Agreed. Feels as though they are killing off the MMO aspect and converting the game into a multi-player Elder Scrolls game.

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    Karma

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    at first i was happy when i saw this earlier today. now i as i look again and was able to think through out the day, i realize this is just horrible and unfair.

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    Join us today!

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    glak

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    zanthorn said on June 11, 2013 :

    So of all the people that are not going to follow this game any more.

    CAN I HAVE YOUR BETA SPOT?

    Ditto :)

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    fuctanyway

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    for better or worse, i got a knot in my stomach when i heard this news. i haven’t even considered them “dumbing” the game down for PC users. the only concern i have is the player base being split and how that will effect the in-game population.

    Even with your imaginary god you don’t stand a chance.

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    glak

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    fuctanyway said on June 11, 2013 :

    for better or worse, i got a knot in my stomach when i heard this news. i haven’t even considered them “dumbing” the game down for PC users. the only concern i have is the player base being split and how that will effect the in-game population.

    Silver lining: this will split up the load that would have been on the US mega server.

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    Xarrion

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    Atropos said on June 11, 2013 :

    Folklore said on June 11, 2013:

    I don’t expect that staff who play on PC will be able to moderate console related threads, but I think it’d be appropriate to have the forum sections available, or at least a link to a site that is being maintained by people from the console community.

    TF is run entirely by volunteers who already sacrifice an enormous amount of their personal time to contribute to the site. I have to weigh the benefits of offering any set of features against the time commitment required to maintain it. To offer specialized console-specific guild listings and server forums would impose a large time cost that neither myself nor the moderating staff of Tamriel Foundry would recoup any benefit from. Don’t confuse Tamriel Foundry with a for-profit site whose goal is to reach the largest possible target audience to rake in the advertisement revenue.

    We don’t make you look at ads when you post on TF entirely out of the goodness of my own heart. I could bemaking money off of all of you, but I’m not, because I’m in it for the MMO community that can grow here. The MMO community that I care about, the one that I plan to be deeply involved, in is the PC community.

    I don’t give a shit about console players. I apologize if this offends any of you, but I just don’t. I wish ESO was not coming out for consoles, and I fear for the direction of the game with this change. I am not going to spend my own valuable time catering to a subsection of the ESO community that I wish never existed.

    Rant over.

    Agree 100%

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