According to the studio head at ZeniMax Online, there is a possibility that The Elder Scrolls Online may be coming to consoles.
In an interview with GamesIndustry’s Matt Frior, he explained that the most significant thing that is holding back The Elder Scrolls Online is the uncertainty of the next generation of consoles. ”There are a lot of rumors swirling around the next-gen coming back together with PCs. It seems like things are going back to a more standard platform. That being said, we haven’t thought about it heavily right now. The worst thing you can do is worry about new platforms while in development.”
Frior then went on to explain why he was uncertain of the potential for a console release, since most MMO’s play on a PC and use all of the other features that enhance the MMO experience, which can only be accessible through a PC. ”The 360, when announced, was a pretty ridiculously cool device, but it is not so good anymore compared to PCs and even when it was announced PCs were still better than it. The technology was a little limiting for the size and scope of the world you could have. It mostly comes down to PCs being wide open. Online game development is all about doing whatever you want, pushing limitations, and it’s just easier to do on an open platform. Someday, it may all change.”
With so many things yet to be decided, it is no mystery why Frior hasn’t enlightened us as to whether or not we will be getting a console release. Instead, he simply said that the decision will be revealed “later”.