The Elder Scrolls series' foray into the mobile space since the Travels series has been pushed back to next year, Bethesda announced today. Blades was first announced during E3 earlier this year, described as a full-fledged RPG experience built from the ground up for mobile gamers.
The original plans had the game coming out sometime in fall 2018, but the delay has pushed back the release to early 2019. The original fall release was even reiterated by Todd Howard during Apple's September Event, so the company's decision to delay the game must have been taken pretty recently.
While no reasoning was given for the slippage to next year, it could be motivated by the less than ideal reception that Fallout 76 is receiving right now, and the company may be opting to wait out the controversy before releasing another game. And speaking of mobile gaming, the recent announcement of Diablo Immortals by Blizzard hasn't garnered many positive reactions by fans either, which could have also had a hand in Bethesda's thinking.
In any case, just like before, a firm release date hasn't been attached to The Elder Scrolls: Blades yet, but those who are interested in trying to get into the title's early access program can pre-register over here. Blades is heading for Android and iOS platforms as a free-to-play title.