The Elder Scrolls: Legends is a card game which is surprisingly popular on PC and mobile devices. Not only that, but upon release it garnered positive reviews. Just like Hearthstone, it involve turn-based matches where you have to one-up your opponent by playing the right "creatures" at the right time. The title costs no money because it's available as a free-to-play experience across a variety of platforms.
Beforehand, consoles were left out of the loop, but that's changing soon. According to Bethesda at E3 2018, The Elder Scrolls: Legends is coming to Xbox One and other platforms in 2018. However, there seems to be a new twist in the story due to a comment made by Pete Hines, Bethesda's senior vice president of global marketing and communications, at QuakeCon 2018. During an interview between Game Informer and Hines, the Bethesda executive said that The Elder Scrolls: Legends would only come to platforms that support cross-play and cross-progression.
This doesn't seem like it's a problem for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch because the two allow cross-play and cross-progression with titles like Minecraft. If you purchase a texture pack on Xbox One, you can use it on Nintendo Switch and vice versa. Sony decided to forgo the latest version of Minecraft because the company didn't want to allow cross-play. The "Bedrock" edition is available everywhere except on the PlayStation 4.
Hopefully this pressure from Bethesda will lead to a change in the console maker's policy. However, due to the fact that The Elder Scrolls: Legends is a popular free-to-play card game, it might not have the same impact as a threat of blocking Fallout 76. We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more about the situation and what Bethesda ultimately decides on. However, it's still great to see a major publisher taking a stand in support of cross-play.
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