Nestled among bigger games like Fallout 4 and Dishonored 2 at Bethesda's E3 press conference tonight was an announcement for The Elder Scrolls: Legends — a free-to-play strategic card game heading to iPad and PC before the end of 2015. The short trailer shown on stage didn't contain any actual game footage, but did show a revolving cast of characters taken from The Elder Scrolls series' extensive history, suggesting players will be able to choose a class to play as, then build a deck of cards to fit their preferred style.
While Legends might not have the scope and spectacle of a massive open-world RPG like Fallout 4, the runaway success of games like Blizzard's Hearthstone show that that customizable card games can mean big business for publishers. Players are able to build competitive decks from free starter cards, but often need to either spend time or money in order to unlock more complex and specialized combinations. We can expect to hear more about how The Elder Scrolls: Legends works, and plays, ahead of its scheduled release later this year.