The Elder Scrolls Online is and has been available on PC for over a month now, but the team at Zenimax Online Entertainment is hard at work on the game's second coming - its console release. Previously planned to be put out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during June, unfortunately the console port has now been confirmed for a delay. Not just any delay either, as The Elder Scrolls Online now won't be reaching consoles for at least another six months.
While publisher Bethesda uses rather vague language to describe the reasons for the delay, it basically revolves around issues developing for console platforms. They're ambiguous enough that the truth behind the matter may never be made clear. Does sales data show the investment isn't worth it? Are there severe performance issues? Does development need to be focused on PC for the interim? Here's the exact wording:
"We continue to work on the console versions of ESO, and game development has been progressing steadily, but we are still working to solve a series of unique problems specific to those platforms. Integrating our systems with each console manufacturer’s networks -- which are both different from the PC/Mac system as well as different from each other—has been a challenging process. It has become clear that our planned June release of the console versions isn’t going to be possible. Though we have made great progress, we have concluded that we’ll need about six months to ensure we deliver the experience our fans expect and deserve."
In efforts to make peace with fans who were anxiously awaiting the console launch of The Elder Scrolls Online, Bethesda's offering a special deal. Those who purchase the PC version of The Elder Scrolls Online by the end of June will be able to then acquire the inevitable console game for just $20, rather than paying full price. They, of course, will also be able to transfer their characters over to their console platform of choice as well.
The conclusion you can speculate on from this deal is that Bethesda wants more PC sales. It's impossible to say for certain without hard sales numbers, but given the MMO market's past it's entirely possible that The Elder Scrolls Online isn't meeting its PC sales or subscription goals. Time will tell on this one.
The Elder Scrolls Online is currently available on PC.