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Castles key art
Setting Bordering the Bloodfall Kingdom
Time Period Unclear (vaguely Late Third Era to Fourth Era, takes place over generations)
Developer Bethesda Game Studios
Early Access
Release Date
Sep 27, 2023
Soft Launch
Release Date
Jan 17, 2024 (PH)
Feb 6, 2024 (SE/NO)
Feb 8, 2024 (DK/FI/IS)
Mar 21, 2024 (DE)
May 14, 2024 (AU/ID/MY)
May 23, 2024 (IE)

The Elder Scrolls: Castles is a free-to-play spin-off of The Elder Scrolls franchise taking place in a kingdom neighboring Rivercrest. It is a management simulation game similar in gameplay style to Bethesda's previously released Fallout Shelter. It had an early access release for Android from September 27[1] to December 5, 2023, during which time a limited number of participants from the USA were able to download and play the app. The game was soft launched on the Google Play Store and on iOS on January 17, 2024 when it became available for download in the Philippines.

Official Description

From Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning developer behind Skyrim and Fallout Shelter, comes The Elder Scrolls®: Castles – a new mobile game that puts you in control of your very own castle and dynasty. Oversee your subjects as the years come and go, families grow, and new rulers take the throne.

Gameplay Information

  • Build Mode
  • NPCs — Information on who can join your kingdom lies within
    • Unique NPCs — Names of unique NPCs you may encounter
    • Dialogue — What exactly are your subjects talking about?
    • Races — The defining characteristics of your subjects' possible races
    • Traits — Information on the different aspects your subjects can have
  • Inventory — Learn about everything you can have
    • Equipment — The tools, accessories, and clothing available to you
    • Items — Usable items that can get you out of a tight spot
    • Resources — The raw supplies that keep your castle running
  • Quests — All the quests upon which you can embark
    • Introduction — The story introduction and basic tutorial
    • Enemies — People and creatures fought during quests
  • Events — Limited time events with unique rewards
  • Rulings — All rulings made at the throne
  • Tasks — Overview of tasks available from the Royal Report

Miscellaneous Information

  • Easter Eggs — Funny, out of place, or reference-related non-bug findings

Technical Information

  • Castles Patches — Official patch notes for Castles by Bethesda Softworks

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