The Elder Scrolls Online Delayed for Xbox One and PS4

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Has Molag Bal come of the console versions of ESO?

UPDATE – ZeniMax confirmed that The Elder Scrolls Online  is in fact delayed on the Xbox One and Playstation 4.

We continue to work on the console versions of ESO, and game development has been progressing steadily, but we are still working to solve a series of unique problems specific to those platforms. Integrating our systems with each console manufacturer’s networks—which are both different from the PC/Mac system as well as different from each other—has been a challenging process. It has become clear that our planned June release of the console versions isn’t going to be possible. Though we have made great progress, we have concluded that we’ll need about six months to ensure we deliver the experience our fans expect and deserve.

As a gesture to fans who plan to play on the console, ZeniMax is offering a $20 digital version on the console of your choice to anyone who purchases the PC/Mac version of the game before the end of June, as well as an ability to transfer your character over to the new platform.

Original story below…

In a post by a Reddit user, an update to the official FAQ page for The Elder Scrolls Online reported a delay with their upcoming Xbox One and PS4 versions. This post has since been removed.

The information on the page, first reported by the Reddit user and picked up by Joystiq and Game Informer, points to a paragraph telling fans they’re looking at a six month delay possibly on the upcoming console version of their popular MMO:

When does The Elder Scrolls Online officially launch?
The Elder Scrolls Online officially launched on April 4, 2014 on PC and Mac. While it has become clear that our planned June release of the console versions isn’t going to be possible, we have made great progress, we have concluded that we’ll need about six more months to ensure we deliver the experience our fans expect and deserve. For additional information on the delay, please see this blog post (link).

Since this was posted, the information has been removed to reflect the PS4  and Xbox One titles still releasing June 2014. A screenshot by the Reddit user confirms that this actually existed before its removal. For those wondering if the screenshot is a fake, Joystiq did a search of Google’s cache and confirms that the language was in fact posted before its removal.

If this is the case, it now makes sense as to why we have heard so little about these versions of the game a month from their scheduled release. No official announcement has been made by ZeniMax or Bethesda, and retailers still show the game as a June 30th placeholder launch.

Were you planning on picking up ESO on console? Does this news discourage you from doing so? Let us know what you think about the possible delay in our comment section below!

12 comments

  • Happy they delayed it since they are having a lot of problems with it better to wait for finish game them get it early with so much problems its almost impossible to play it

  • I play PC but boy I feel for the folks who have been waiting for the console version. I played pc games in the early 90’s and delays was par for the course. Doesn’t seem that way anymore but I think it’s a smart move and will actually help the PC version. The consoles is a huge pot of money just waiting to be made. If they do it right, bigger profits for Zenimax means bigger, better and more frequent contents for the game as a whole. Doesn’t make it easier, but they need to get this right.

  • While it does suck that console players have to wait I am glad they are delaying it to work out issues. I think the coolest news here is that PC players can buy the game for $20 AND transfer your pc characters over. How damn cool is that! Here is the specific quote.

    “For $20, eligible PC and Mac players will have the option to add a full, digital version of ESO on either the PS4 or the Xbox One with your character transfer(s), and another 30 days of included game time. ”

    I know I will for sure be buying the console game and transferring at least one character over. This is actually a pretty brilliant marketing move. I think any pc players on the fence about buying the console version will now jump on it.

  • I’m a consol player but don’t like the idea of waiting another six months. Would it be able to play the game (and do it justice) on a MacBook Air with an xbox controller? Or am I SOL?

    • There is a Mac version, Jae, but no controller support on the PC/Mac.

    • It is as bradford said however you can use a program called xpadder to make your controller work with eso, infact you wouldnt even have to set it up as there are people that have it configured for youtheres some on nexus mods and tamriel foundry…

      • Thanks… Got a different program and tried mapping it to the controller myself… Didn’t work great so I broke down and ordered a gaming mouse… Going to the dark side.

    • I play the game exclusively with with an Xbox 360 controller with xpadder running in the background. By no means is it perfect, (I still really hope that they add native support into the PC version) but I find it both playable and enjoyable.

  • shootyoureyeout

    Not to be a downer, it sounds all good to get a second copy of the game for $20, how many of those people are going to keep both subs active? I guess it is a decent deal if one is getting $60 worth out of their PC version in 6 months before it then sits there collecting virtual dust.

  • This is Skyrim all over again. Buggy PC release and only rumors about the console release date after vague communication from the company. It’s good that they delayed it if it wasn’t completed. But with the cash they are hauling in now they need to get their act together. They seriously didn’t learn from at least two disastrous console releases in Skyrim that they needed to have their act together this time around?

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