The Elder Scrolls Online PS4 & Xbox One delayed [Update]
by Andrew Yoon, shacknews.com, May 8, 2014 7:00AM PDT
Updated with response from Bethesda.
The upcoming console release of The Elder Scrolls Online has been delayed, Bethesda confirmed.
Bethesda's official FAQ mentioned a six month delay, which Bethesda later clarified in a statement to Shacknews. Here's what the original text said: "When does The Elder Scrolls Online officially launch? The Elder Scrolls Online officially launched on April 4, 2014 on PC and Mac. While it has become clear that our planned June release of the console versions isn't going to be possible, we have made great progress, we have concluded that we'll need about six more months to ensure we deliver the experience our fans expect and deserve."
According to Bethesda, "game development has been progressing steadily, but we are still working to solve a series of unique problems specific to those platforms. Integrating our systems with each console manufacturer's networks--which are both different from the PC/Mac system as well as different from each other—has been a challenging process. It has become clear that our planned June release of the console versions isn't going to be possible."
To make up for the delay, Bethesda will allow characters to transfer from the PC/Mac version to the console release. "Anyone who purchases and plays the PC/Mac version of The Elder Scrolls Online by the end of June will have the opportunity to transfer their character(s) to either console version when they are released. The offer will allow you to begin playing immediately on the PC/Mac, and then add the PS4 or Xbox One version and transfer the character(s) you have created and developed."
In addition, there will be a Cross-Buy promo of sorts. "You don't have to pay full price for the game twice. For $20, eligible PC and Mac players will have the option to add a full, digital version of ESO on either the PS4 or the Xbox One with your character transfer(s), and another 30 days of included game time," the company explained.
"Whether you decide to take advantage of this offer or not, we promise to do everything we can to get the game released on both consoles as quickly as we can. We will keep everyone updated with additional details regarding character transfers, specific offer dates, when you can expect console beta to start, and of course, when ESO on consoles will launch."