You read that correctly, no need to rub your eyes. Game developer Bethesda announced some new follow-ups to their A-list game series at E3 yesterday, such as Fallout 4, Dishonoured 2, A brand-new Doom installment and a strategy card game for The Elder Scrolls series entitled “The Elder Scrolls: Legends”.
Up until now TES has always been an RPG series gaining more and more fans with each installment; especially since the release of the third game, Morrowind. TES has risen to fame particularly for its breathtaking environments, ability to pop in and out between first and third-person perspectives, huge worlds to explore, and ability to create characters, shape them, and play the game however you wish due to the intricate skill and leveling system within.
Above: Example of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim’s beautiful environments.
Bethesda recently launched the console versions of their Massive Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game version of the series, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. So, what could they possibly have announce less than two weeks after said MMORPG gets a console release? Downloadable content for the game? Updates and patches to be expected for it? A single-player version of the game to draw people into it? A… card game for PC and iPad?
That’s right, a strategy card game based upon the hit series is coming out; here’s the trailer.
Does this seem familiar to anyone else besides me? Does the animation and art direction spark any similarities to any other games? Perhaps another strategy card game comes to mind, particularly the one that started the craze many years ago? I’ll give you a hint:
Hmm, I can’t quite tell if Bethesda is paying homage to Magic the Gathering or blatantly ripping them off.
Well, what do you think? Is TES:L’s announcement odd to you for any reasons, maybe timing or just in general? Do you feel they are attempting to ride on the coattails of Wizards of the Coast’s popular TCG game’s video game adaptation? Are you looking forward to this game’s release or cringing at it instead?
I’ll admit, I have been a MtG player since shortly after the TCG’s initial release, so as an Elder Scrolls fan I’m a bit intrigued. I’m also wondering how much – if any – help Bethesda is getting from WotC, considering it would appear they’ve possibly obtained the artists from them for help with the cinematic trailer. I guess only time will tell.