The Elder Scrolls Legends
"The Elder Scroll Legends" is a free-to-play card game. Bethesda

Bethesda has released a lot of new information on “The Elder Scrolls: Legends.” The new strategy card game is putting a new spin to the Elder Scrolls universe by putting strategy and planning as one of the main keys to successfully defeating the present opponent.

The card game features five attributes, Strength, Agility, Intelligence, Endurance and Willpower, all of which can be used in different ways depending on the playstyle. Revealed via the official website, the card decks will be built around the five attributes, which will then form specific decks that play to the combination of attributes chosen.

For instance, a Mage deck is powered by Willpower cards and Intelligence cards, while Archer decks are usually borne from Agility and Strength attributes. The trick here is to have the best deck that can go against different opponents.

While essentially a card game, there is a story-driven single-player campaign once players enter the Legends universe. At the start, the player will have five pre-constructed decks, which can then be tweaked depending on the player’s playstyle.

There are also Arena and Battle modes, which have elements that may be familiar to long-time fans of the “Elder Scrolls” franchise. Another aspect worth knowing is the Two-Lane system, which further heightens the strategy play in “Elder Scrolls: Legends.” Essentially, Battle mode is meant to give players a multiplayer feel, as it faces off players against live opponents or AI.

Arena, on the other hand, gives a different flavor to card building and battles. According to the developer, Arena mode brings a series of challenging matches where players have the chance to reap bigger rewards. Arena can also be played either against a live player or AI.

Players will need to select a deck class and build a 30-card deck to be used during the match. Solo Arena find players with eight opponents and one boss. They are limited to only three losses or the waves of matches will end. Facing off against other players will require only seven battles. The benefit to playing in Arena mode will have to be the rewards, as they are proportionally better and bigger than those that can be won in either campaign or Battle mode.

“’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,” said Senior Game Designer Luis Scott-Vargas over at the official website.

“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.”

“The Elder Scrolls: Legends” closed beta has already started in beta today. The free-to-play title that will hold the closed beta for the next few months, with more players expected to join the beta, IGN reported.

Those who want to be part of the beta will have to register on the site. For those who can’t do so may want to drop by the PAX East, happening on April 22 to 24. Here, “The Elder Scrolls: Legends” will be playable at Behesda’s booth.

The game has been teased since 2015, but towards the end of last year, Bethesda had confirmed the delay to this year. “The Elder Scrolls Legends” is expected to come to the PC and iPad, with more platforms slated for announcement later on.

"The Elder Scrolls Legends" gameplay trailer (Credit: YouTube/Bethesda Softworks)