You can sign up for The Elder Scrolls: Blades closed beta, which is starting sometime soon

By Ian Boudreau 04 Mar 2019 0

Most of what we’ve heard about The Elder Scrolls: Blades since Bethesda revealed it at E3 last year has come in the form of delays: The original release date of September 1, 2018 has come and gone, and now we’re looking at an Early Access period beginning sometime this spring. But before that, Bethesda will be running a closed beta for iOS devices only, and you can still sign up if you’re interested in participating.

If you’re selected for the closed beta, you’ll be under NDA - meaning you won’t be allowed to stream the game or post screenshots of it, or even discuss the game with your friends. However, Bethesda says you’ll have access to the entire game rather than just an initial slice. (Heh, get it? Slice? Because it’s called Blades?)

In any case, the rough timeline is that the closed beta (which is open to iOS devices only) will run for some time before Blades launches into early access, which right now is scheduled for ‘sometime this spring.’ At that point, Android users (as well as everyone who doesn’t get picked for the closed beta) will be able to join in, but on a rolling basis - so you may not get an invite as soon as early access begins. Early access players will not have to worry about any NDA considerations, so at that point you’ll be able to take screenshots or stream the game, and even talk about it online.

Bethesda has posted an FAQ about the closed beta and early access periods over at the official site, and it includes a full list of devices that will be supported in early access. Here’s the current list:

  • iPhone 6s and newer
  • iPad Pro
  • Samsung S8 and newer
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and newer
  • Google Pixel 2/2XL
  • Google Pixel 3/3XL
  • OnePlus 5 and newer
  • Moto Z2 and newer
  • Essential Phone
  • HTC U11
  • LG V30
  • LG G7 One
  • Xiaomi Mi 6
  • Xperia XZ Premium
  • Xperia XZ1
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
  • Razer Phone
  • ZTE Nubia Z17
  • Nokia 8
  • Sharp Aquos R
  • Asus ZenFone 4 Pro
  • Huawei P20/P20 Pro

You can pre-register for the closed beta and/or early access through either the App Store or Google Play. It’s going to be free to play, and you won’t have to spend anything to sign up for either of the test phases. We’re pretty interested to see how well the Big Bethesda RPG experience translates to the small screen - hopefully we don’t have much longer to wait to find out for ourselves.

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