Bethesda announced a new stage of TES Legends evolution, which required to replace lead developers team from Direwolf Digital to Sparkypants. Here is bittersweet words from Direwolf:
We began working with Bethesda on development of Legends over seven years ago with an ambitious goal: create an awesome next-gen digital card game that captures the spirit of one of the most beloved franchises of all time. Our partnership brought together Dire Wolf’s deep expertise in strategy card games with Bethesda’s unbelievable IP, and the result is – if we say so – a game that kicks some serious ass.
It’s been a long climb up High Hrothgar, and it’s with a bittersweet sense of satisfaction that we can now step back and say that this stage of Legends is now complete: the game is on its feet, and now it’s time for the top-notch team at Bethesda to direct the game forward from here. Sovengarde awaits.
As Bethesda states, this change is meant to help the game become better and more popular. Here is a quite PR-toned answers from Bethesda to key questions:
Why move away from Dire Wolf?
Everything we do is in the interest of our valued community and the game’s long-term growth and success. A decision like this is never easy, but we need to constantly look ahead and think about the future of Legends. Dire Wolf has been a great partner who laid the foundation for what is today a strong, compelling and strategic card game set in the Elder Scrolls universe. We believe that moving to a new developer now allows us to deliver on the promise of Legends to our players in the best possible way under Bethesda’s guidance and direction.
Who are Sparkypants?
Sparkypants is a talented group of seasoned developers with a deep bench of experience across multiple genres and platforms. Everyone at the studio is thrilled to be a part of the Legends family and to build on the game’s strong foundation. Plus, they’re huge Elder Scrolls buffs!
Stay tuned for formal introductions for members of the Sparkypants team!
Is this transition indicative of the state of the game?
Legends is a game enjoyed by a vast number of players all over the world, with a passionate and dedicated community. This transition is indicative only of our commitment to the long-term health and growth of the game, and we’re very excited to share our plans for the future of Legends very soon.
Will core gameplay or features be affected by the change?
The core gameplay and mechanics will remain intact.
What does this mean for things that have already been discussed as being in development?
We know there are many updates, mechanics, and features the community is looking forward to. Sparkypants is aware of the development roadmap as well as those highly requested community features. All previously announced content is still in development, in addition to some much-requested visual and quality of life updates.
What does this mean for the ongoing Elder Scrolls: Legends single player story / story expansions?
The team at Sparkypants is deeply passionate about The Elder Scrolls lore. Combining their passion with feedback and guidance from Bethesda, Sparkypants will deliver a high quality Elder Scrolls experience.
Will existing bundles, expansions, and story content still be available for purchase?
Yes. All existing content will be available for purchase.
How will change impact players’ Collections and progression?
Player progression (titles, cards, purchases, etc.) and Collections will not be reset or lost.
Will there be any interruption of service?
Stay tuned for more details surrounding any anticipated interruptions of service. Follow @TESLegends and @bethesdasupport for the latest information.
When is the transition taking place?
We will have more information on the exact timing at a later date. Follow @TESLegends and @sparkypants on Twitter for all the latest updates.
Anything else we should know?
We’re incredibly excited about the future of Legends and we will have more to show and discuss at E3 2018!
We can’t make and assumptions and suggestions on game’s future for now, but feeling of changes necessity was dwelling a long time, and we got some changes. So let’s give a shot to new team!