During Sony’s E3 conference, Bethesda made the announcement that The Elder Scrolls Online was going to be released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, in conjunction with the PC and Mac, in early 2014. It’s not surprising that the current generation consoles are being excluded, as even the relatively resource gentle Skyrim had all sorts of issues on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, many of them game breaking.
Not only is The Elder Scrolls Online going to release on the PlayStation 4, but it’s also expected to have exclusive beta content, although the specifics of that aren’t available at this time. Those interested in beta testing can sign up here. It’s likely that this beta content will either be something exclusive for consoles or early access in a series of beta tests, however, this is just speculation for right now.
Additionally, Bethesda was able to provide a rather beautiful trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online in their presentation. While Bethesda titles have not always had the highest graphical fidelity, their games are at least aesthetically pleasing, and this game looks to be no exception to the latter.
Being a developer of generally only single-player games, Bethesda is taking a great leap into uncharted waters. Whether they’re on the right path, or not, can’t be judged until more about the game is released, but please feel free to discuss any opinions on The Elder Scrolls Online or the trailer below.