In 2015, Bethesda presented the Hearthstone competitor "The Elder Scrolls: Legends" as part of the E3 video game fair. Months later, the game went into open beta. Now the developer studio has officially declared the card game dead. The community manager for the title, Christian Van Hoose, broke the news on Reddit. Accordingly, both the development and the publication of new content are "on hold for the foreseeable future." 

Shortly after entering open beta, the digital trading card game The Elder Scrolls: Legends seemed to be well received by fans. Several content updates followed with new maps, story elements and game modes - Bethesda's virtual trading card competitor was even released for mobile devices. However, The Elder Scrolls: Legends never made the breakthrough of a Hearthstone. Now it's over for the foreseeable future, community manager Christian van Hoose has officially announced that explained via Reddit.

Elder Scrolls – Legends: “Development and new content on hold for the foreseeable future”

Fans who are attached to the game can breathe a sigh of relief: "The Elder Scrolls: Legends" will not be completely stamped out - at least for the time being. According to information from Christian van Hoose, the digital trading card game will continue to be playable online and fans can still claim the monthly rewards. "New extensions or other future content, on the other hand, are no longer actively being developed," says the community manager. Another set of cards was supposed to be released by the end of the year, but the plans for it were scrapped.

 The substantive withdrawal does not come suddenly. Already last year, Bethesda's Marketing Vice President, Pete Hines, explained in an interview with VG247 that "The Elder Scrolls: Legends" is in a kind of "queue". Hines was referring primarily to the game numbers that were current at the time. The marketing vice president was nevertheless cautiously optimistic about the future success of the game - the planned console conversions in particular should be able to save the digital card game. The adaptations should have been published long ago – a release before the end of last year was planned. Now it can be assumed that the version of "The Elder Scrolls: Legends" for consoles (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) will no longer be released at all.

The ruble is unlikely to roll: developments in content have been put on hold for the foreseeable future. Image: Bethesda

The ruble is unlikely to roll: developments in content have been put on hold for the foreseeable future. Image: Bethesda

Most recently, The Elder Scrolls: Legends faced criticism from fans. When the "Jaws of Oblivion" expansion was released in September, the faulty Invade mechanics in particular were a stumbling block. Players could summon hordes of demons through so-called Oblivion Gates to literally roll over the opposing player. Fans considered this to have destroyed the competitive meta-game. 

If you like the "Elder Scrolls" games and their stories, you can take a look despite the development stop. The trading card game has its appeal and also lures away from the competitive modes with playful challenges.

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