Blades was designed specifically for mobile devices and is available on both Android and iOS with future plans to release on PC and consoles. There are three main modes of gameplay - "Abyss", where the player must attempt to get as far as possible in an endless dungeon and is useful for training. "Arena", which features Player Versus Player combat. And "Town", where the player can receive quests, interact with NPCs, and advance the game's story.
The Player Character is a member of the Blades, who have long served Tamriel's emperors as both a Praetorian Guard and Secret Police. Despite their heroic and legendary feats, the Blades have been outlawed, disbanded, slaughtered, and forced into exile as result of The Great War while being hunted down by the fascistic Thalmor of the Aldmeri Dominion.
Tropes Present in The Elder Scrolls: Blades
- Action RPG: The main style of gameplay reminiscent of the earliest games in the ES series, Arena and Daggerfall.
- Bribing Your Way to Victory: "Pay-to-win" mechanics are present and, like most mobile games, give those who pay a significant advantage.
- Dungeon Crawler: "Abyss" mode is set in an endless dungeon where the player must get as far as possible. This mode is particularly useful for training.
- Genre Throwback: The gameplay is meant to evoke the dungeon crawling seen in the first two Elder Scrolls games Arena and Daggerfall.
- Interquel: The game is set between the events of Oblivion and Skyrim from the main series.
- Player Versus Player: "Arena" mode is a player versus player mode.