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The Elder Scrolls Blades is out now on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s console got another Elder Scrolls title today, as Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls: Blades has made its past Early Access and onto the console.

Portable swordplay

The Elder Scrolls is far and away one of the most legendary cRPG’s. I don’t think there’s much to argue with there, though you could probably toss in a mention of the series’ rich history on consoles too.

When it comes to Blades though, we’re talking about a slightly different animal. Or maybe a completely different animal is a better descriptive. Blades is a TES spinoff that’s less focused on actual role-playing, and more on dungeon crawling.

Formerly a mobile-only title, Blades was in a form of Early Access until it hit version 1.7, which is where it’s at right now.

Version 1.7 includes:

  • Challenge the Grand Champion and go on all-new quests – Update 1.7 introduces six never-before-seen quests, including  a new questline that plays in the same style as Blades’ PvP Arena mode, challenging players to battle through a gauntlet of progressively stronger opponents leading up to the Grand Champion.
  • Arena Rewards and Guild Leaderboards – Update 1.7 resets the PvP leaderboards and will reward additional prizes like Gems, Health Potions, and Chests to players based on the Arena they’ve reached – as well as a unique helm for top-ranked players.
  • Celebrate Blades out of Early Access with a free gift – As a special thank you, a brand-new decoration is now available for free for Early Access players, just by logging in.

With this latest revision, the game has finally migrated over to the Nintendo Switch. It was originally slotted into a late 2018 window, if you were wondering.

Kind of neat though, is that if you’ve been playing the mobile version, any progress you’ve made so far will carry right over to the Switch. That’s thanks to cross-save capabilities of course.

Check it out in action below. Just a warning though, the trailer has an odd music choice. Like, really odd.


The Elder Scrolls: Blades is a free download on Switch, with the usual tags that that includes. That said, there is also another option to get you up and running faster if you don’t mind dropping some money right form the jump.

The eShop stocks something called the “Quick Start Edition”. That’ll run you $14.99 USD and includes “30,000 Gold, 2,000 Gems, building materials, the exclusive Sylvan Fountain decoration, and rare gear once owned by the Bloodfall King.”

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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