The Elder Scrolls: Blades out now on Nintendo Switch

Well, here’s a nice little surprise for you Elder Scrolls fans out there – Bethesda have just released its Nintendo Switch version of The Elder Scrolls: Blades on the eShop.

Available to download right now, Blades is a free to play spin-off that branches away from the main franchise. It originally launched last year on iOS and Android before being announced for the Nintendo Switch.

If you’ve previously downloaded and played one of those versions in the past then you’re in luck. Bethesda have confirmed that cross-progression is enabled, allowing players to share their save data between systems using your account log in. This means you’ll be able to import your existing character without needing to create a new one from scratch.

The Elder Scrolls: Blades is touted as a intuitive distillation of the world-beating RPG franchise, serving up a familiar mix of dungeon crawling and sculpting your own hero. Those Tamriel boffins among you will already know who the Blades are – they serve as the Empire’s elite agents but were forced into exile. This is where the game picks up.

Of course, this isn’t the only Elder Scrolls title available on the Nintendo Switch. Soon after the handheld system’s launch, Bethesda ported Skyrim. Here’s an excerpt from our review:

Admittedly, this is a full priced release, and for some that may rankle, especially when you can pick up the Special Edition for less than twenty quid, but this is arguably aimed at a different market. It’s also still Skyrim, and therefore showcases some of the foibles of a Bethesda Softworks release, though hopefully not those that plagued the PS3 version. If you want to just play at home, the mod-enabled Xbox One, PS4, or PC release are technically superior, but as all Switch owners will tell you, that’s not the be-all and end-all of gaming. Being able to take this huge adventure with you everywhere you go is fantastic, and, if you thought that Skyrim took over your life before, now it actually can.

Bethesda had also planned to bring its card battler, The Elder Scrolls Legends, to the Switch too but the game’s development was put on hold in 2019.

Source: Bethesda

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  1. And where is my The Elder Scrolls: Legends, Bethesda?

    You promised us at E3 2018!

    • Development for Legends is currently on hold. Sadly, this means it probably won’t surface on Switch.

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