The highly anticipated release of a new Elder Scrolls game has finally arrived, or so we thought. However, instead of The Elder Scrolls VI, fans were greeted with another spin-off mobile game called The Elder Scrolls: Castles. This Tamriel-set spiritual sequel to Bethesda’s 2015-released touchscreen property sim, Fallout Shelter, takes players into a medieval world of masonry and grandeur. Unlike its underground predecessor, The Elder Scrolls: Castles allows players to expand and decorate their very own castles, while exercising their dominion over the land.

Available for early access on Android, albeit limited to the US for now, The Elder Scrolls: Castles immerses players in the role of a castle overseer. The game offers a variety of features, including the construction of rooms, placement of monuments, and the management of subjects to ensure the prosperity of your Elder Scrolls kingdom. Familiar races from the Elder Scrolls universe, such as Argonians, make appearances, while warriors armed with Elder Scrolls abilities like Whirlwind can be hired and trained to defend the castle. However, the emphasis of the game lies not in playing the hero, but rather in effectively managing the castle and its inhabitants.

One aspect that could have been improved upon in The Elder Scrolls: Castles is its art direction. While the game’s visuals are vibrant and appealing, they lack the distinct Skyrim-like style that fans have come to love. The current art direction appears to be more aligned with that of My Time At Portia, a popular simulation game. Fallout Shelter capitalized on its connection to the Fallout series, incorporating the iconic satirical VaultBoy art, whereas The Elder Scrolls: Castles seems to rely on a more generic approach. It would have been interesting to see the game modeled after one of the Elder Scrolls series’ in-game lorebooks, which could have added another layer of depth and authenticity.

Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, The Elder Scrolls: Castles will likely make its way to the PC gaming platform. As with most mobile games, it is expected to spend some time in the realm of mobile gaming before venturing onto other platforms. Although the game is currently available in early access form on Android, fans can anticipate its arrival on PC in the coming months.

Unfortunately, the release of The Elder Scrolls: Castles does not signify the arrival of The Elder Scrolls VI. Phil Spencer, the Thane of Xbox, shared during Microsoft’s legal battle with the FTC over the Activision buyout that the highly demanded RPG is still at least five years away. In fact, the game is so far in the future that it is difficult to even predict the platforms on which it will be released. Fans eagerly await any updates regarding its progress, as they longingly anticipate immersing themselves once again in the vast world of The Elder Scrolls.

While fans may have been hoping for the release of The Elder Scrolls VI, they can still find enjoyment in the new addition to the mobile game series, The Elder Scrolls: Castles. With its managerial focus and captivating gameplay, the game offers a unique perspective on the franchise. As players await the arrival of The Elder Scrolls VI, they can dive into the world of Castles and experience the thrill of ruling over a medieval kingdom.

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