Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

E3 2013: Bethesda's Next Single-Player RPG is in Development, But We Won't See it for a While

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Skyrim and Fallout 3 creator Todd Howard’s new RPG is in development, but don’t expect to see it any time soon.

That’s according to Bethesda VP Pete Hines, who has moved to calm fan fears that the development of The Elder Scrolls Online may impact on the production of the company’s next single-player RPG.

The Elder Scrolls Online, announced for next-gen consoles earlier this week at E3 2013, is currently in development at Zenimax Online Studio.

“Zenimax Online Studio is an MMO shop,” clarified Hines. “They’re making an Elder Scrolls MMO and that is 100% unrelated to [the single-player series].”

“Todd Howard, at this point, has earned the right to do what the hell he wants; nobody gets to tell him different and nobody gets to dictate to him what he gets to do.”

“You’re laughing because you know it’s true. He gets to do whatever he wants. Him and his team are moving forward with the stuff that they want to work on and where they want to go next in making games. “

“I get to see it and it’s already really awesome, but it’s probably helpful to note that anyone who thinks that what he’s working on next is going to be talked about soon doesn’t understand game development.”

“Give these guys time and space: expect it never and be surprised if it’s any time before then.”

We were, perhaps optimistically, hoping for a next-gen Fallout game to be announced at E3 this year. Looks like we may have to hang on a while. We’re sure it’ll be worth the wait.

You can see The Elder Scrolls Online announcement trailer below.

"Three powerful alliances struggle for control of war-torn Tamriel as the Daedric Prince Molag Bal schemes to destroy it entirely," says the blurb. "Gather your allies and get ready to join the battle for Tamriel in Spring 2014."

[via OXM]


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US November 11, 2011

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