The Elder Scrolls Online Aiming for Google Stadia Release in 2020; Switch Port “Not Going to Happen”

One of the interesting reveals from Google Stadia's Gamescom presentation is the upcoming port of The Elder Scrolls Online, but it lacked a release window.

The Elder Scrolls Online

One of the interesting news shared during Google Stadia’s Gamescom presentation is the upcoming port of The Elder Scrolls Online.

That being said, the reveal lacked a release window besies a generic “coming soon.”

During an interview in Cologne, Germany, Twinfinite talked with Game Director Matt Firor, who provided more details.

Firor mentioned that the team is aiming to launch the game next year, possibly around the first half.

He also added that there will be cross-play between PC and Stadia, buth whether cross-progression will be implemented or not is still to be determined.

Firor explained that right now the game runs great across all the Stadia-supported devices and it even works very well on smartphones.

It uses a controller UI which also works very well on phones. Of course, playing on mobile isn’t something you’d want to do for hours. Yet if you want to log in and feed your horse or run around a bit, you can do that.

Of course, the portable experience is better if you have a chromebook or laptop.

Making the game run on Stadia was actually easy, but it was a challenge to make it run well, as ESO has its own service with various server-based systems like the chat.

Just like with the PSN and Xbox Live the developers had to work with Stadia’s network, and that was the difficult part.

“Right now we’re playing it and it’s great. It’s a lot of fun and it’s like magic. It really is, just playing on a tablet… It’s very cool.”

Considering the fact that Bethesda has been very keen to port many of its games to the Nintendo Switch, we also asked if there is any chance of something like that happening.

“Not going to happen. The only way it’d work is if there was some kind of streaming service on Switch. It’s just not powerful enough.”

If you’d like to learn more about The Elder Scrolls Online, you can read all the news revealed at Quakecom.

The game is currently available for PC, Mac, PS4, and Xbox One.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Proud weeb hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long-standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality), MMORPGs, and visual novels are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans on Earth of the flight simulator genre.