If you were looking forward to finally playing The Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 when it was scheduled to be released next month, or of you were looking forward to the first-person zombie game Dying Light, there’s a bit of bad news.
In a statement released today, it has been revealed that the Elder Scrolls Online will not be up to the standards set by developer ZeniMax Online Studios and publisher Bethesda Softworks in time, and it could take up to six months to get the wrinkles ironed out. This is no big shock considering many big games get delayed in order to ensure the quality is there, and this particular game is extra large. Not to mention the fact that MMORPGs running on consoles is still a new thing being figured out.
But still, this is a big deal just a month before launch when many people have already pre-ordered their copy of the game. For this, a special offer has also been announced to try to make up for the inconvenience. You can read the full statement, including what the special offer is, below.
We’ve been grateful to our fans for the wonderful response to our recent launch of The Elder Scrolls Online for PC/Mac, but we know many of you are eagerly waiting to play the game on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
We continue to work on the console versions of ESO, and 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. Though we have made great progress, we have concluded that we’ll need about six months to ensure we deliver the experience our fans expect and deserve.
We know that the news of an ESO console delay is as disappointing to many of you as it is to us. We want to do what we can to make it up to our fans who want to start playing now, so we have worked out the following arrangement with Sony and Microsoft:
Via a special offer, 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. And, 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.
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.
Thank you for your patience and loyal support.
As for Dying Light, that game isn’t going to meet its expected 2014 release either. Developer Techland also released a (much shorter) statement, saying:
The new date ensures that we can fully realize our vision of an innovative open world game. We won’t need to make compromises or trade-offs on any of the five platforms we’re working on. For you, it means an outstanding, original game that makes the wait more than worthwhile.
While delays like this can be frustrating, it always needs to be kept in mind how much more frustrating it is to pop in a brand new game only to discover it’s plagued by bugs and other issues. Waiting is never fun, but it’s usually worth it when it comes to the world of video games.
If interested, purchase The Elder Scrolls Online for PC now, and pre-order it for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Dying Light can be pre-ordered for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC as well.
[Source: Bethesda l Game Informer]