Those of you hoping to play Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox One and PS4 this summer will have to wait a bit longer. A now deleted official FAQ was changed to highlight a six month delay for the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the title.
“When does The Elder Scrolls Online officially launch? The Elder Scrolls Online officially launched on April 4, 2014 on PC and Mac,” the entry says. “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. For additional information on the delay, please see this blog post (link).”
That (link) didn’t work. Bethesda has since released an official statement confirming the delay for the console versions of Elder Scrolls Online.
We know from the frequent questions we get that many of you are excited about playing ESO on the PS4 and Xbox One, and today we’d like to share an official update on the status of these releases. Read on for the latest information:
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.
The statement also introduces a special offer. If you buy the PC/MAC version of ESO before the end of June you will be able to transfer your character to the PS4 or Xbox One. And, you won’t pay full price. Current gen versions will cost $20 for those eligible.
Elder Scrolls Online has an uphill battle ahead of it on the consoles. Namely, charging another monthly fee on top of the Xbox Live and Playstation Plus. Also, a six month delay means it will be competing with all the holiday heavy hitters.