…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.
So, that’s that. ESO on the consoles has officially been pushed back by AT LEAST 6 months. But you can purchase the PC/Mac version at full price, play it then spend $20 to buy a digital copy on consoles. Kind of a great plan, but kind of not.
If your like me and pre-ordered the Imperial Edition, this is NOT a viable option, not to mention I would need to buy a brand new computer just to run the thing. Plus, a digital copy of an MMO on consoles with limited Hard Drive space? Not a realistic option.
That being said, at least they are (kind of) accommodating for the issue? I don’t know, most companies would just say “too bad” but they’re doing something about it. Too bad they are only accommodating the minority of console users who want this game. With all the physical goodies I’ll be getting that I now need to wait for (even though they are already made) and that I’m still giving them $100 plus the $15/mo subscription when it DOES come out, I think that deserves some kind of accommodation as well.
Of course, I’m also needy and love this company to death, so I don’t mind waiting, I just wish they would accommodate everybody who pre-ordered the console version, not just the Digital minority.
Well, there you have it, and as I said, at least they are trying to make it right by people for making them wait, and at least they are doing this game right for consoles.