Elder Scrolls Legends Ceases Development, No Longer Coming to Console

By Heidi Nicholas,
Development has ground to a halt on The Elder Scrolls Legends, according to Bethesda's community manager Christian Van Hoose (CVH). This means the console launch for the game which Bethesda announced at E3 last year is also cancelled. CVH announced the news via an update on the game's subreddit, where he also said that Bethesda would be giving The Tamriel Collection, an assortment of new cards, away for free to players as a thank-you gesture for their years of support.

Elder Scrolls Legends

"We would like to provide an update on Legends in regard to new content", the post reads. "Our previous roadmap indicated we would be releasing one more set this year. We decided to put any new content development or releases on hold for the foreseeable future." The roadmap he's talking about said that there would be four expansions for Legends in 2019, with the last coming this winter and bringing a full Cardpack expansion. CVH also says that this decision to halt development won't affect GAEA’s Asia-specific version of Legends, which is operated separately. He continues to say that this cease in development will "inform our decisions on content and feature development going forward." CVH says that "until then, you can still download and play Legends on all existing platforms and compete online as well as in the single-player modes", although it's not entirely clear when "until then" is referring to. Bethesda will still be supporting the game with in-game events and monthly reward cards, along with maintenance support, but this decision means that future expansions and content are no longer in development.

This isn't the only card game spin-off from a major franchise to be taking a hit. CDPR have now discontinued support for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game on consoles, to account for the increasing number of platforms which they're launching the game on. This only happened yesterday, and CDPR said that both console versions "will be operational up until" 9th June, perhaps suggesting that the game would be entirely shut down at that point.

Bethesda are attempting to ease the sting of their news and are giving away The Tamriel Collection as a thank you to the community "for supporting Legends these past few years, and for continuing to play with us". The collection is an assortment of new cards, some with three attributes, and are free to all players when they next login. CVH finishes with a message of gratitude: "We are immensely grateful to work on The Elder Scrolls: Legends, to have you as a community, and we sincerely appreciate the love and support you’ve given us."
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!