The Elder Scrolls: Legends

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
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Developer(s) Dire Wolf Digital
Publisher(s) Bethesda Softworks
Director(s) Iain McCaig
Producer(s) Andrew Sullivan
Designer(s) Brady Dommermuth
Artist(s) Mishi McCaig
Iain McCaig
Writer(s) Wynne McLaughlin
Composer(s) Bradley Derrick
Series The Elder Scrolls
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, iOS, macOS, Android
Release Microsoft Windows
  • WW: March 9, 2017[1]
macOS
  • WW: May 31, 2017
iOS, Android
  • WW: July 27, 2017
Genre(s) Collectible card
Mode(s) Multiplayer

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is a free-to-play collectible card video game developed by Dire Wolf Digital and published by Bethesda Softworks for Microsoft Windows, iOS, macOS and Android in 2017.

Gameplay

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is a collectible card game which revolves around turn-based matches between two opponents (player vs. player, or player vs. a computer opponent). The cards are based on creatures, characters and lore found in The Elder Scrolls series.

Each player or computer opponent starts with a deck between 50 and 70 cards. At the start of every battle, each player starts off with three cards drawn from that deck and one magicka, which is used to deploy cards. To offset the advantage of taking the first turn, the second player also starts with a jeweled ring in play that can be activated once per turn to gain one additional magicka three times during the game. Each player gets one additional magicka at the start of their turns thereafter. Without use of specialized cards, a player's magicka can only reach 12 in a game. The player and their opponent are represented by a character with a set amount of health, with the goal to reduce the competitor's health to zero.

Each player can use their available magicka to play any number of cards. Cards are divided into four types: Support cards, which provide ongoing benefits; Action Cards, which are effects that are instantaneously played; Creatures, which are the main method of conducting combat; and Items, which enhance creatures. Creatures normally cannot attack the turn they come into play. Creatures have attack and health values; when creatures attack, they deal the damage equal to their attack value to the opponent creature or opponent character, and take damage equivalent to the defending creature's attack. If a creature's health drops to zero, that creature is defeated and removed from play. Many cards feature additional effects, listed explicitly or by a number of pre-defined keywords.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends features lanes which creatures are played into, limiting their attacks to the opposing creatures in that lane.

When deploying Creatures, the player can place them on one of two sides, called lanes; creatures can only attack opponent creatures in that lane or the opponent character directly. Lanes can have special abilities which alter the fields of battle. In standard play, one lane is a "Shadow Lane" where all creatures played into it cannot be targeted by creature attacks for one turn. Other fields of play have other types of lanes, and some cards have the ability to affect lane placement.

In addition to their health points, a player has a number of runes, one for every 5 points of health that could be lost without dying (e.g. for a typical match with 30 health, the player will have 5 runes). When a player loses health and losing one of the runes, they immediately draw one card. Some cards in the game feature the "Prophecy" keyword, which allows these cards to be played immediately if they are the result of a rune-card draw.

As the player wins matches and completes other tasks in the game, they will level up their character and gain new cards. The distribution of new cards is influenced by the character race that the player selects at the start of the game. Some cards in a player's collection can be leveled up as the player's level increases. Leveling up a card may offer the player the choice of two alternate versions. Players can also obtain new cards by spending in-game gold (given as rewards for some activities or completing daily quests) or real-world money.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends supports four play modes, three of which are always available. Battle mode lets players play with their decks against other players, either in a ranked system through random matchmaking or in casual mode with friends, or may allow players to test decks against computer opponents in practice rounds. Arena mode allows players to draft a deck of cards from a random selection of cards; this deck can then be used to go up against a series of computer opponents or in a number of matches against human ones. A deck is retired if it wins 9 matches against the computer or 7 against other players, or loses 3 matches, with the player then getting rewards for how successful their deck was. A campaign-based Story mode features a number of preset opponents that the player must face. Finally, the game features periodic Gauntlet events that run for a short period of time and allow you to play a constructed deck to 9 wins or 3 losses against other players, with rewards based on your success.

Development and release

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is developed by Dire Wolf Digital.[2] The game was revealed at Bethesda's 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo conference.[2] In April 2016, a closed beta for Windows was released.[2] In August 2016, an open beta for Windows was released.[2] The game was originally scheduled for release in 2016 as a free-to-play title for Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows.[2] The Windows version officially launched on March 9, 2017. An iOS for iPad devices launched on March 23, 2017.[3] A version for tablets running Android version is scheduled for April 2017, and the macOS version is scheduled for May 2017. Mobile versions for iOS and Android smartphones was released in July 2017.[3]

Story

The main story revolves around the player character and some allies against a High Elf (a.k.a. Altmer) named Naarifin who has invaded the heart of the Empire, Cyrodiil. The player character, called 'The Forgotten Hero', has to fight various hazards along the way to reaching the White-Gold Tower, where Naarifin plans to release demon-like creatures called Daedra in an attempt to fulfill an elder scroll prophecy called the Culling. Along the way, the player makes various choices determining how the story unfolds and cards they gain as rewards.

Expansion sets

While the main game will be free-to-play, expansion sets featuring different themes will be offered for purchase.

Heroes of Skyrim

At their Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017 showcase, Bethesda announced an expansion set titled The Elder Scrolls: Legends - Heroes of Skyrim.[4] The expansion includes over 150 new cards, featuring elements from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The expansion was released on June 29, 2017.

Reception

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic (PC) 80/100[5]
(iOS) 83/100[6]
Review scores
Publication Score
Game Informer 8.25/10[7]
IGN 8.3/10[8]
PC Gamer (US) 78/100[9]

The Elder Scrolls: Legends received "generally positive" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[5][6]

References

  1. ^ "The Elder Scrolls: Legends arrives on iOS and Android today". Polygon. Retrieved August 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Biery, Thomas (August 4, 2016). "The Elder Scrolls: Legends beta is now open to the public". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved September 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Crecente, Brian (March 23, 2017). "The Elder Scrolls: Legends is out now on iPad". Polygon. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  4. ^ Lewis, Anne (June 11, 2017). "Heroes of Skyrim Expansion Set Announced". Bethesda Softworks. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "The Elder Scrolls: Legends for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "The Elder Scrolls: Legends for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  7. ^ Tack, Daniel (March 27, 2017). "Success Is In The Cards - The Elder Scrolls: Legends - PC". Game Informer. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  8. ^ Shea, Cam (March 19, 2017). "The Elder Scrolls: Legends Review". IGN. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  9. ^ Clark, Tim (March 17, 2017). "The Elder Scrolls: Legends review". PC Gamer. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
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