PC and Mac players are already counting their mudcrab shells and selling their precious loot-drops in Bethesda’s new MMO ‘Elder Scrolls Online’ but console players have been left out of the party. Now the publisher has confirmed that the console version will take much longer than originally anticipated, adding another six-months to the waiting list.
 
“We know from the frequent questions we get that many of you are excited about playing ESO on the PS4 and Xbox One, and today we’d like to share an official update on the status of these releases,” the publisher said in a recent posting online.
 
Bethesda stated, “We continue to work on the console versions of ESO, and game development has been progressing steadily, but we are still working to solve a series of unique problems specific to those platforms. Integrating our systems with each console manufacturer’s networks—which are both different from the PC/Mac system as well as different from each other—has been a challenging process. It has become clear that our planned June release of the console versions isn’t going to be possible. Though we have made great progress, we have concluded that we’ll need about six months to ensure we deliver the experience our fans expect and deserve.”
 
That’s a long time to wait, considering the game was first announced before either console even launched. There is some good news though:
 
“Via a special offer, anyone who purchases and plays the PC/Mac version of The Elder Scrolls Online by the end of June will have the opportunity to transfer their character(s) to either console version when they are released. The offer will allow you to begin playing immediately on the PC/Mac, and then add the PS4 or Xbox One version and transfer the character(s) you have created and developed. And, you don’t have to pay full price for the game twice. For $20, eligible PC and Mac players will have the option to add a full, digital version of ESO on either the PS4 or the Xbox One with your character transfer(s), and another 30 days of included game time.”
 
So you could play the game now on your PC or Mac then jump-ship when the game releases for your console of choice, though if you have a PC or Mac that plays the game, odds are you sticking with that anyway.