The Elder Scrolls: Legends is Bethesda’s answer to Hearthstone – sign up for the beta now

TES Legends

Bethesda are launching a strategic card game similar to Hearthstone, featuring the memorable characters from The Elder Scrolls universe, like that dragon, that guy with the plasticine face and that guard who won’t shut up about his leg injury.

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On the surface, TES: Legends shares a fair few similarities with Hearthstone, but it does seem to have some ideas of its own. For example, you craft decks from the five in-game attributes: Strength, Agility, Intelligence, Endurance and Willpower. The composition of your deck will determine its function, so combining Agility and Strength will give you an Archer deck. There’s a full rundown on classes here.

“As a fan of digital strategy card games, I’m especially excited about having people play Legends,” says Pete Hines, vice president of PR and marketing at Bethesda. “We’re looking forward to hearing their feedback and having them help us shape the future of the game.”

See it in action in the new trailer below:

It’s free-to-play and will cater to beginners to jump in and have fun, but will also have a layer of deeper strategy beneath the surface for those who want to dig in.

“The Elder Scrolls: Legends is for people who enjoy playing a fast-paced card game that has depth to it, but can also be enjoyed on a surface level by casual players who don’t feel like exploring that depth,” says Luis Scott-Vargas, senior game designer at Dire Wolf Digital. “You’ll discover the depth if you keep playing, but you can play the game without having any experience. We want to make a game that’s easy to learn and fun to play for any level of experience, but also has something that will keep you playing for a hundred even a thousand hours.”

“When we set out to make The Elder Scrolls: Legends, we had two major player groups in mind: The Elder Scrolls fans who wanted a new way to play in the world they love, and strategy card game fans who wanted a fast-paced game with real strategic depth,” says Scott Martins, President of Dire Wolf Digital. “There’s a lot of overlap there, and we think Legends will be a game that captures fans’ imaginations with the infinite possibilities it brings to the Elder Scrolls universe.”

The initial closed beta invites have gone out already, but there will be more invitations being sent in the coming months. You can sign up for the TES: Legends beta now.