List of The Elder Scrolls video games

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The Elder Scrolls is an action role-playing open world video game series developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. The Elder Scrolls games take place in the fictional world of Nirn, on the continent of Tamriel. The first game, The Elder Scrolls: Arena, was released in 1994. It was intended for players to assume the role of an arena combatant, but development shifted the game into a role-playing game (RPG), beginning a tradition that persists throughout the series' history.[1] The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall was published in 1996, and it featured one of the first true 3D worlds on a large scale, with a game world claimed to be the size of Great Britain.[2] The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, released in 2002, saw a return to the old-style expansive and non-linear gameplay, and a shift towards individually detailed landscapes, with a smaller game world than past titles.[3] The game sold over four million units by mid-2005.[4] Two expansions were released between 2002 and 2003: Tribunal and Bloodmoon.

Development of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion began in 2002, and focused on artificial intelligence improvements that interact dynamically with the game world.[5] Released in 2006, the game achieved commercial success and critical acclaim; expansion packs Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles were released for the game. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim followed in November 2011 to critical acclaim. The game is not a direct sequel to its predecessor, Oblivion, but instead takes place 200 years later, in Tamriel's land of Skyrim. Three expansion sets, Dawnguard, Dragonborn and Hearthfire, have been released. The Elder Scrolls Online, a massively multiplayer role-playing video game developed by ZeniMax Online Studios, was announced on May 3, 2012.[6] The game is the first open-ended multiplayer installment of the franchise, and most of the continent of Tamriel is playable in the game. The Elder Scrolls Online has been in development for 5 years prior to its announcement and it was released on April 4, 2015.[6]

Video games

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Main games

List of The Elder Scrolls main video games
Title Release details Platform(s)
Microsoft Sony Other
The Elder Scrolls: Arena[7] DOS
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall[8]
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Release date: August 31, 1996
DOS
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind[9]
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Publishers:
    • Bethesda Softworks
    • Ubisoft (Europe)
  • Release dates:
    • Windows: May 2, 2002
    • Xbox: June 6, 2002
Windows
Xbox
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion[10]
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Publishers:
  • Release dates:
    • Mobile: May 2, 2006
    • PlayStation 3: March 20, 2007
    • Windows: March 20, 2006
    • Xbox 360: March 20, 2006
Windows
Xbox 360
PlayStation 3 Mobile[a]
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[11]
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Release dates:
    • Windows: November 11, 2011
    • Xbox 360: November 11, 2011
    • PlayStation 3: November 11, 2011
    • Playstation 4: October 26, 2016
    • Xbox One: October 26, 2016
Windows
Xbox 360
Xbox One
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4

Expansions and other games

List of The Elder Scrolls expansions and other games
Title Release details Platform(s)
Microsoft Sony Other
An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire[12]
  • Genre: Action Dab
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Release date: November 30, 1997
DOS
The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard[13]
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Release date: October 31, 1998
DOS
The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal[14]
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Release date: November 8, 2002
Windows
Xbox[b]
The Elder Scrolls Travels: Stormhold[15]
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Release date: August 1, 2003
Mobile
The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon[16]
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Release date: June 4, 2003
Windows
Xbox[b]
The Elder Scrolls Travels: Dawnstar[17]
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Release date: 2004
Mobile
The Elder Scrolls Travels: Shadowkey[18]
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Publishers:
    • Vir2L Studios
    • TKO Software
  • Release date: November 11, 2004
Mobile[c]
The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine[19]
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Publishers:
    • Bethesda Softworks
    • Ubisoft (Europe)
  • Release date: November 21, 2006
Windows
Xbox 360[d]
PlayStation 3
The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles[21]
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Publishers:
    • Bethesda Softworks
    • 2K Games
  • Release dates:
    • PlayStation 3: December 8, 2007
    • Windows: March 26, 2007
    • Xbox 360 (digital): March 26, 2007
    • Xbox 360 (retail): October 16, 2007
Windows
Xbox 360
PlayStation 3
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Dawnguard[22]
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Release dates:
    • PlayStation 3: February 26, 2013
    • PlayStation 4: November 21, 2016
    • Windows: August 2, 2012
    • Xbox 360: June 26, 2012
Windows
Xbox 360
PlayStation 3
Playstation 4
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Hearthfire
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Release dates:
    • PlayStation 3: February 19, 2013
    • PlayStation 4: November 21, 2016
    • Windows: October 5, 2012
    • Xbox 360: September 4, 2012
Windows
Xbox 360
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Dragonborn[23]
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Release dates:
    • PlayStation 3: February 12, 2013
    • PlayStation 4: November 21, 2016
    • Windows: February 5, 2013
    • Xbox 360: December 4, 2012
Windows
Xbox 360
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
The Elder Scrolls Online[6]
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Release date:
    • Windows, OS X: April 4, 2014
    • PlayStation 4, Xbox One: June 9, 2015
Windows[e]
Xbox One
PlayStation 4 Mac OS[e]

Notes

  1. ^ The mobile version of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was developed by Superscape.[10]
  2. ^ a b Tribunal and Bloodmoon are both included in the Xbox version of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind – Game of the Year Edition.
  3. ^ The Elder Scrolls Travels: Shadowkey was developed by Vir2L Studios and TKO Software.[18]
  4. ^ The Xbox 360 version of The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine is only available through Xbox Live Marketplace, or through the Xbox version of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – Game of the Year Edition.[20]
  5. ^ a b The Elder Scrolls Online is developed by ZeniMax Online Studios.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Arena – Behind the Scenes". Bethesda Softworks (ZeniMax Media). 2004. Archived from the original on May 9, 2007. Retrieved June 8, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Daggerfall – Behind the Scenes". Bethesda Softworks (ZeniMax Media). Archived from the original on May 18, 2008. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Morrowind, Behind the Scenes". Bethesda Softworks (ZeniMax Media). 2004. Archived from the original on November 14, 2006. Retrieved November 22, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Lynda Carter Joins the Voice Cast of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion" (Press release). ZeniMax Media. August 17, 2005. Archived from the original on October 25, 2010. 
  5. ^ Houghton, Mat. "Developers Corner: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion". Game Chronicles. Retrieved August 11, 2007. 
  6. ^ a b c d The Elder Scrolls Online:
    • "June Cover Revealed: The Elder Scrolls Online". Game Informer. GameStop Corporation. May 3, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
    • Sliva, Marty (June 10, 2013). "E3 2013: Elder Scrolls Online Coming to PS4, Xbox One". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ The Elder Scrolls: Arena
    • Ramsay, Morgan (2012). Gamers at Work: Stories Behind the Games People Play. Apress. p. 75. ISBN 9781430233510. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
    • House, Michael L. "The Elder Scrolls: Arena". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  8. ^ The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
    • Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition. Guinness World Records. 2008. p. 162. ISBN 9781904994213. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
    • House, Michael L. "The Elder Scrolls: Chapter 2 -- Daggerfall". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  9. ^ The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
    • Windows: Marriott, Scott Alan. "The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Windows)". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
    • Xbox: Frankle, Gavin. "The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Xbox)". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    • Olafson, Peter (2006). Elder Scrolls IV: The Oblivion. Prima Games. p. 430. ISBN 9780761555483. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
    • Windows: All Game Guide. "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Windows)". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
    • Xbox 360: All Game Guide. "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (X360)". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
    • PlayStation 3: Deci, T. J. "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PS3)". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
    • Mobile: "The Elder Scrolls(R) IV: Oblivion Mobile Game and Jaws 3D Launch on Rogers Network". PR Newswire. Archived from the original on December 11, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  11. ^ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim:
    • Windows: Marriott, Scott Alan. "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Windows)". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
    • Xbox 360: Marriott, Scott Alan. "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (X360)". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
    • Playstation 3: Marriott, Scott Alan. "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS3)". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire:
    • "Battlespire (PC)". MeriStation. Grupo Prisa. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  13. ^ The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard:
    • "The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  14. ^ The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal:
    • Marriott, Scott Alan. "he Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  15. ^ The Elder Scrolls Travels: Stormhold:
    • "The Elder Scrolls Travels: Stormhold". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  16. ^ The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon:
    • Hoogland, Mark. "The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  17. ^ The Elder Scrolls Travels: Dawnstar:
    • "The Elder Scrolls Travels: Dawnstar". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b The Elder Scrolls Travels: Shadowkey
    • Art, Albert (December 18, 2012). "Elder Scrolls Travels: Shadowkey". 1UP.com. IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2015-12-17. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  19. ^ The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine:
    • All Game Guide. "The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  20. ^ Purchese, Rob (November 27, 2006). "Review - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Knights of the Nine". Eurogamer. Retrieved August 31, 2007.
  21. ^ The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles:
    • Windows: Leach, Gracie. "The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles (Windows)". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
    • Xbox Live: Leach, Gracie. "The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles [Xbox Live]". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
    • PlayStation 3: Leach, Gracie. "The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles (PS3) [Retail Package]". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
    • Xbox 360: Leach, Gracie. "The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles (X360) [Retail Package]". Allgame. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  22. ^ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dawnguard:
    • Xbox 360: DuttonfRED (May 1, 2012). "Skyrim DLC expansion Dawnguard announced Out this Summer, Xbox 360 gets it first.". Eurogamer. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
    • Windows: Hafer, T. J. (August 2, 2012). "Dawnguard released on Steam". PC Gamer. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  23. ^ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn:
    • Xbox 360: Fletcher, JC (November 5, 2012). "Skyrim 'Dragonborn' DLC out on Xbox 360 Dec. 4". Joystiq. AOL Inc. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
    • Windows and PlayStation 3: Karmali, Luke (December 3, 2012). "Skyrim Dragonborn DLC Hitting PS3 and PC in 2013". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
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