The Elder Scrolls Online release date announced, console versions coming later
Along with the first and awesome look at PVP content in Bethesda's Elder Scrolls Online, we now know when we can finally get our hands on the game.
The PC version will launch on April 4th, 2014 (4.4.14) while the consoles, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will have to wait until June 2014, with a specific date not yet decided.
Don't fret console players, because it's actually a good thing for everyone. Since the demand for the game is so high, Bethesda opted to segment its release across these platforms to ensure that launch is smooth, and players are able to log in and actually play the game. Remember the Final Fantasy XIV fiasco?
Game Director Matt Firor stated this:
As some of you know, we’ve been in beta testing for about a year now, leading up to our most recent test in late November where we had over 300,000 people in the game over a 48 hour period. We’ve had approximately 4 million people sign up for beta and that number continues to grow. We hope that just about every one of you who have signed up for beta will get an invitation to play sometime between now and the weeks before launch. These tests are very important, not only for gameplay feedback, but also to test our infrastructure. Beta tests can sometimes be a little rough when we are testing some systems for the first time with large numbers of players. So thank you to all who have participated for your understanding and support. It is very much appreciated.
Worldwide demand for The Elder Scrolls Online is extraordinarily high. This means we need to do a staggered rollout of the different versions of the game to spread out the initial service load and ensure an enjoyable, smooth gameplay experience. It is not only a game we are launching – it is a large online service as well, and our number one priority is to ensure a trouble-free, stable rollout for everyone.
So there you have it, mark those calendars and prepare yourself for adventure.