Bethesda's future might be with Microsoft, but it will still continue to support its older releases on existing platforms. One of these titles just so happens to be The Elder Scrolls: Blades for Switch - which is a slightly enhanced version of the free-to-play mobile title that arrived on Nintendo's hardware in May last year.
Although it wasn't necessarily well received on release, Bethesda has continued to update the Nintendo iteration and even fix some specific issues with this version of the game. In the latest patch, which arrived earlier this week, a Switch crash is addressed when "backing out" of character creation.
Some other parts of this patch include new event quests, new offers on the Sigil Store, general improvements and many other bug fixes. Here are the full patch notes, courtesy of the official Elder Scrolls website:
The Elder Scrolls: Blades Patch 1.12 Notes (11th March 2021)
Update 1.12 of The Elder Scrolls: Blades has arrived! Gear up and prepare for brand new Event Quests, complete with new rewards in the Sigil Shop. See the full list of improvements below:
NEW EVENT QUESTS!
- Celebrate Jester’s Day (March 27) with a new quest event featuring the mysterious Trickster!
- Avoid the fiery touch of the wrathful undead in the Crypt of Flames event quest, coming soon.
NEW OFFERS IN THE SIGIL STORE!
- Wanderer, Treasure, Architect, Blacksmith and Enchanter Pack Bundles - now offered at a wider range of player levels.
- Ancient Nordic weapons and the legendary, venomous blade Serpent Strike - coming soon.
- Clarified the text of the Legendary chests to be clearer about the rewards.
- Removed the Fire Breath attack from Withered Ancient Dragons.
- Slightly increased the tier 10 versions of the Ravage Stamina and Ravage Magicka secondary enchantments at maximum tier.
- Constantia will now remain in town after completing the last Troll Hunt quest.
- Added a chest to loot in the Servants of the Blue God event quest.
- Reverted the game icon to the original look.
- Arena: fixed a bug where Magicka and Stamina bars would appear ravaged when attacking an opponent who was low blocking with an enchanted shield
- Arena: fixed an exploit where players could use combo swings to bypass cooldowns.
- Quest: fixed a bug where the final objective of the Resolution quest could remain uncompleted
- Store: fixed a crash that could occur after buying items directly from a pop-up menu.
- Switch: fixed a crash that could occur when backing out of character creation
- Town: fixed a crash that could occur when talking to Wanum
- Fixed various typos and other minor bugs.
One other free-to-play Bethesda experience available on the Nintendo Switch is Fallout Shelter. Otherwise, there are a number of proper experiences like The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim - provided you're willing to part with some coin.
Have you ever tried out The Elder Scrolls: Blades on Switch? Do free-to-play games on Switch interest you at all? Leave a comment down below.
The best update they could do for this game would be to remove it from the e-shop completely and never speak of such filth again.
Worst game ever.
I forgot this existed! And with the recent xbox buyout of bethesda this could very well be the last elder scrolls game on a nintendo platform...
@HollowSpectre with how elder scrolls 6 is going to look it was never coming to Nintendo unless they made a "true" next gen console
@Flangela combined with your profile picture, I imagine an armor under a substitutiary locomotion spell kicking it out now.
But, for some reason, despite it being a technically bad game, no argument there, and it being grindy and monotonous as hell,... I managed to get a decent amount of decent fun out of it as a dungeon crawler / town builder / time waster. And it was free after all. I'd say games like this have their place and audience, and if that's not (with) you, that's fine. Is it a waste that they culd have made a better game instead, and is it criminal how they monetise every choice? Yes, but then again, I played it for free, and there were other games I played, and wore games that cost way more. So... Yeah, well, nothing really, it exists, I enjoyed some time with it for free, and moved on. I even think I had to get it from the US eshop because, if I remember correctly (or it hasn't changed by now), it was never available here in the EU?
“Download it now”. Thx, but no...
Review score revised from 1/10 to 1.25/10
The game no cares about and no one wanted ,what a waste of a article, slow news day?
Download now?? Really do you hate us all that much!
yeh, ***** game. Hope noone ends up wasting their time on this. COULD be good, if they werent greedy greedy mfs
Okay, but how about no?
Funny that possibly the last Elder Scrolls and Fallout games on a Nintendo system might end up being HD ports of mobile games lmao
Terrible game. Forgot it even existed.
Download it now... NL do you owe Bethesda a favour?
Great. Did they make the fix where they completely alter the fundamental gameplay to actually be an elder scrolls game?
I gave up on this game back when I hit the unsurpassable grind at level 7. There was basically no progressing short of paying a large amount of money. As I already have Skyrim I didn't see any point.
Bethesda buyout means no more Elder Scrolls Blades 2!!!
Who at Bethesda thought this was a good idea to release this before porting Oblivion, Morrowind, or even Fallout 3? It is inferior in every way and an insult to 80 million-plus consumers who are not expecting next-gen titles but some legacy classics. Instead, we get a mobile dumpster grind.
I don't see what everyone is complaining about. The game is free and a mobile game. Who the hell expects an Elder Scrolls game to be good on mobile. I have this game on my Android and the Switch. It is fun and a typical mobile time waster. You can play it for free, but it is even more "grindy." Don't go in expecting a typical Bethesda game.
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