The Elder Scrolls: Legends Delayed Into 2016

As the end of the year approaches, a whole load of games optimistically slated to launch “in 2015” are about to become formally late. Such as The Elder Scrolls: Legends [official site], Bethesda’s free-to-play CCG. When they announced it at E3, it was due to launch this year. Now it’s not.

In other news about The Elder Scrolls facing a tough time aping Blizzard, The Elder Scrolls Online folks ZeniMax Online have reportedly all but closed their European customer services office in Ireland, which had employed around 300 people. [Update: or maybe not!]

Asked last week on Twitter whether TES Legends would make its planned 2015 launch, Bethesda PR chap Pete Hines replied “I think it’s safe to say it’s not coming in the next 15 days.” It probably is safe to say that.

We’ve not really seen anything of TES Legends. Its announcement during E3 in June only brought a trailer with some colourful drawings. I don’t think we’ve even seen how it plays? I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that it broadly resembles Magic: The Gathering – and therefore Blizzard’s Hearthstone. Call it a hunch.

As for ZeniMax Online, the Connacht Tribune reports that the customer services office employing around 300 people in Galway is essentially closed, with only five or six people left. Crumbs. Supposedly they might staff up again if needed, but sheesh. This isn’t the first round of huge layoffs there, but looks like it may be the last. Best of luck to all affected.

Oh, but: Bethesda have since told Eurogamer that no, that’s not true – the ZeniMax team let about 50 people go in mid-August, but that’s all.

10 Comments

  1. Sleepy Will says:

    “Hey, that game that’s currently making Blizzard a lot of money, we should make one too and get in on that”.

    Said every game studio, every year.

    • Press X to Gary Busey says:

      Marketing robots lack the necessary module to understand self-reinforced human social phenomena.

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      Hearthstone could really use some competition. And it’s much more difficult to get away with cloning a card game in the same way that so many have reskinned WoW or DOTA. You actually need to bring some new core mechanics to the table.

      I really like Hearthstone as a polished and accessible card game (compared to other ones with clunky/slow interfaces), but it suffers from a lack of depth and a massive amount of randomness. So let Hearthstone be that, but give me some really good alternatives as well.

  2. Blackcompany says:

    This trend never leads to meeting expectations. And it usually ends in disaster.

    Zenimax tried to Ape the MMO. And failed to make anything even remotely compelling. Or good, to be honest. I have zero faith they will be able to pull off a trading card name, despite trading on a huge brand name.

    How about a Coop fallout or TES title? How about doing what you’re good at as opposed to throwing good money after bad in failed attempt to ape Blizzard.

  3. Fnord73 says:

    An article on succesful MMOs not named WoW would be interesting.

    • Asherie says:

      Woh woh woh wait a second, there are other successful mmos? jk

    • SaintAn says:

      Just because they didn’t make as much money as WoW doesn’t mean they weren’t successful. WoW dumbed the game down severely and ran ad campaigns targeting main stream casuals (Hi I’m [Celebrity], and I’m a [Class]!). That’s the reason WoW did so well and why the MMO genre is dead, because foolish people think you have to make as much as WoW: WotLK or you failed. FFXI was and still is successful (also the best MMO). EQ too. SWG. Asheron’s Call. FFXIV. LotR:O.

  4. Owl Mark says:

    Do you want to see how clone of Heathstone looks like? Star Crusade

  5. NephilimNexus says:

    2016 you say? Great! Can we get it up to 2017 next? How about 2018? Do I hear 2018? Maybe 2020? 2040? 2555? I’m thinking that maybe we should hold off until the year 5000 for this one, make it a special event, y’know?