After the launch of Fallout 4 and the announcement of the Skyrim remaster, I was hoping Bethesda was getting ready for an Elder Scrolls 6 announcement. According to Bethesda Marketing Executive Pete Hines, it’s going to be a long time before that announcement happens.
“The Elder Scrolls VI isn’t in development,” he said on Twitter. “We simply said we would make it eventually.”
Pre-production of video games start way before production starts on the actual game. Could it be that they are currently starting work on the story and direction they want to go, or did Hines mean that they haven’t started any of it? By the statements he made to MMORPG, it sounds like Bethesda has some other games they’d like to make before returning to the back and forth releases of Elder Scrolls and Fallout.
“This studio [Bethesda Game Studios] is not a vending machine,” he said. “They’re not a two-button vending machine, where first we press Elder Scrolls and then we press Fallout, and then we press Elder Scrolls and then we press Fallout… They’re an incredibly talented studio of creative people. They’ve now made four games in a row, all of which were named Game of the Year, and they have a right to decide what they’re interested in working on next and which direction they want to go.”
“But at the end of the day, these folks have a right to not just have to make Elder Scrolls game after Elder Scrolls game, which is why they switched to Fallout, and they have a right to stretch their legs and try something else or do something different.
“I know what they’re working on for the next decade, and I think all of them are things to get excited about, for different reasons, and once they come out, folks will enjoy them for what they are.”
During a speech in February, Fallout 4 director Todd Howard said Bethesda Game Studios had three “big and crazy” projects they were working on. This isn’t exactly accurate and he takes back what he had said.
“I should have never said a number because we have so many things. You could add it up in different ways,” he said during a GI.Biz interview. “You could say it’s bigger or smaller. They’re a long way off. I think the larger point was, no one should expect to hear about those [games] anytime soon. We always overlap projects. We just have more going on now than we had before.”
Bethesda is also looking into VR technology, though Howard says not to get our hopes up just yet. It’ll be a long way off before we see anything just yet.
“We’re exploring some things [in VR]. We’ll see where that heads,” he said. “We don’t want to talk about it quite yet until we’ve figured some things out.”
I’m sad that the next Elder Scrolls game isn’t going to release as soon as I’d like, but I look forward to checking out the other projects Bethesda is making. Time for me to brush up on my Elder Scrolls lore and try to guess where the next one will take place. (I’ll actually be using my thieving skills to steal every single book in Skyrim. I have houses, and I’m going to fill them! Lydia is sworn to carry my burdens, and that she shall.)