It looks like another Hearthstone competitor is going down for the count. Bethesda has announced that development on The Elder Scrolls: Legends is “on hold for the foreseeable future.” Despite a 2019 roadmap that promised another cardpack expansion, it looks like The Elder Scrolls: Legends is dead.
The news came via a Reddit post by The Elder Scrolls: Legends community manager Christian Van Hoose.
“Our previous roadmap indicated we would be releasing one more set this year. We decided to put any new content development or releases on hold for the foreseeable future,” he wrote on the TESL subreddit. “Until then, you can still download and play Legends on all existing platforms and compete online as well as in the single-player modes. We will also continue to support the game with monthly reward cards and regular in-game events. New expansions and other future content, however, are no longer under active development.”
Bethesda will still keep The Elder Scrolls: Legends online and provide ongoing maintenance, you just won’t be seeing any new cardpack expansions. The development team is offering a slight gift for all remaining players though: you can get the Tamriel Collection, a pack of three-attribute cards, for free on your next login. Oddly enough, this change in development will not effect the Asian version of The Elder Scrolls: Legends operated by GAEA Mobile.
This is the second major digital CCG that’s gone dormant. Valve’s Artifact saw further updates paused to work on “deep-rooted issues” with no indication when the game will be returning. “Artifact represents the largest discrepancy between our expectations for how one of our games would be received and the actual outcome,” said Valve programmer Jeep Barnett at the time. There’s also Ubisoft’s Might & Magic: Duel of Champions, which launched prior to Hearthstone, only to shut down in 2015. Or the English version of the very successful mobile CCG Rage of Bahamut, which also ceased operation in 2015.
There are still some survivors of the CCG culling in North America. Wizards of the Coast still runs both Magic the Gathering: Arena and Magic the Gathering Online. CD Projekt Red has Gwent, which has seen the single-player release of Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales and an iOS release just last month. Cygames, the developer behind Rage of Bahamut, is still operating Shadowverse in North America on Steam, Google Play, and the Apple App Store. So, at least The Elder Scrolls: Legends refugees still have some options for the future.