With news having broken about some major improvements coming to the mobile version of The Elder Scrolls: Blades, namely the removal of its controversial chest timers and increased overall loot payouts, console players are starting to wonder when they can get their hands on the improved game for themselves. Although Blades isn’t coming to PS4 or Xbox One, it had been confirmed to be making its way to Nintendo Switch. Here’s what you need to know about The Elder Scrolls: Blades Switch release date.
When will The Elder Scrolls: Blades Nintendo Switch version launch?
Originally, Blades was set for a fall 2019 release on Switch, but Bethesda’s plans have since changed. In a recent “Blades Town Hall” update, Bethesda Games Studios confirmed that the title will now release on Nintendo’s hybrid platform in “early 2020.” Noting more specific than that timeframe was given, but eager fans at least shouldn’t have much longer to wait with 2020 fast closing in.
The blog post reiterates that the development team is excited for more players to get their hands on the game, though by taking more time they’ll be able to ensure that The Elder Scrolls: Blades Nintendo Switch port will “deliver the polished gameplay our fans deserve.” Hopefully, the wait will be worthwhile, as Blades on Switch will feature unique functionality. Players can choose to make use of its optimized touch controls, opt to utilize Joy-Con motion controls, or use buttons for a more conventional Elder Scrolls experience instead.
It seems possible that the huge version 1.5 update, geared towards making The Elder Scrolls: Blades “as rewarding to play through as it is fun,” might be at least partly responsible for the delay. The two announcements coincided with one another, though the marked improvements set to be made definitely justify players enduring a lengthier wait.