Lets be honest and admit that the highly anticipated The Elder Scrolls Online has fallen pretty flat when it came to living up to its namesake. The PC release has received lukewarm reviews and there have been numerous issues regarding bugs and exploits. To make matters worse, the console release of the game was delayed indefinitely with some folks even wondering if the game would actually be released on the consoles at all.
Fans of The Elder Scrolls should take heart as it seems ZeniMax are in no way jumping ship and are hard at work on bringing the game to console players. The Creative director Paul Sage talked to IGN and said the goal was to see the game released this year.
“I will tell you we are working round the clock to try and make that happen,” he said. “I can’t guarantee anything, that would be foolish to do, but we are certainly working with that goal in mind.”
It should be kept in mind that the console release of the game will have had more time for the developers to iron out the creases so it is reasonable to expect that the game will have a smoother launch than its PC counterpart.
IGN asked Sage when The Dark Brotherhood and Thieves Guild will be implemented into the game and whether a justice system will be added. Sage responded saying: “With an update like that it’s a little further on the horizon,” he explained. “The reason is we do want fully fleshed out skill systems and quest lines for that, so that’s further out. My prediction is we’ll probably get the Justice System in before we get the Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood in, just because we want that system to be fully fleshed out and players used to the system before they have to use it. I don’t have a date lined up, but it’s a little further out. I wouldn’t expect it in the first four updates.”
A popular feature seen in previous Elder Scrolls games but not so far included in the TESO is the ability to purchase your own house. When asked if this would ever be added, Sage replied: “I will tell you that when we get to player housing, and I think it’s one of those things that when you have a game that’s been running a long time it’s one of those things you want to get to, it has to be something that’s done differently and done well,” he said. “That’s about all I can tell you. We have no firm plans for anything on housing at this time.”