ESO on Consoles – Update

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.

Reader Comments

  1. So what’s going to be done for those of us who cant play it on pc/mac?? What compensation will there be for us.

    Iv already paid for my ps4 imperial edition and was keeping some holidays to take full advantage of my 5 day head start but now that the pc/mac players get a 6+ month head start where is the incentive for me not to ask for a refund? You have seriously devalued the product iv already paid for.

    • I would ask for a refund if I were you. I am surprised though, a site actually charged you for an item that was still on pre-order? I’m surprised, most sites don’t charge until they are ready to ship.

  2. While the offer allows some players to take advantage and have very powerful characters at launch for the console versions, the offer does indeed do nothing for us Imperial Edition pre-orders for the consoles.
    I believe they need to reconsider and figure out a better thought out plan than essentially give those that play on the PC version a head start to dominate the console versions when they come out.

  3. This is also a good way to take the population away from the PC players… Are both accounts (pc & console) in sync?

  4. Do you mean six months from today or six months from June 30th? I also bought the Imperial Edition for the PlayStation 4, back in March. And I don’t want to buy the game a second time.

  5. It seems to be the trending theme these days that launch dates are pushed back anywhere from six months to a year. While Bethesda has a VERY strong following I can only presume that this will cost them money in the long run. As a point of pride I refuse to preorder games for this reason.

    If as a developer you cant get your act together…. THEN DONT ADVERTISE THE GAME UNTIL ITS READY. For a little bit of contrast to all the other fans out there…. you’ll have a good chance of seeing Mass Effect 4 before you see this game being released.

  6. Will the entire PC account be transferred over when the console version releases? Or just the characters? Will I have to cancel the subscription from my PC to avoid paying for two separate subscriptions?

  7. I’ve been planning on buying ESO for PC, but wanted to wait until it came out for the PS4 since my son would prefer the console version, and I didn’t want it to be a tease for him if I had it myself first.

    If I purchase it for the PC now and we both play on it, will it be possible to just transfer his characters over to the PS4 version? Or will all characters on the account be transferred?

  8. So a huge delay for the release, and I hear there will not be cross-platform play as promised? If both of these really are true my interest in this game has gone to 0. I really didn’t want to get involved with another MMO but I was willing to make an exception for Elder Scrolls. If this isn’t reversed immediately I will be canceling my pre-order.

  9. love the game been playing it on pc juat wishing i had a better gaming pc mine kind of makes it hard to play with playing on low setting but still love the game

  10. Two weeks later and no answers. So here is a new question. Is anyone from Sony or Microsoft working on the issues that caused the delay?

    • As with any release that comes to consoles, we’re working with with both Sony and Microsoft. As there’s more information on these releases, we’ll let everyone know.