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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Comment #1 by Simply McLeod
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 05:00:50 PM
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They can take all the time they need, as long as they keep up the high quality!

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Comment #2 by MoistGoat
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 05:03:59 PM
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@1 completely agree.

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Comment #3 by XxStuartxX 1990
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 05:04:38 PM
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New IP please, fallout is great but I think it has hit it's peak for now, the only way forward for it would be adding vehicles. but that would just ruin it. Let it rest a while then people will be crazy hype when it actually arrives.

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Comment #4 by mrhobo
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 05:05:43 PM
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Take your time boys

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Comment #5 by MoistGoat
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 05:06:14 PM
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@3 Fallout hasn't even come close to hitting its peak..

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Comment #6 by DeadMan634
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 05:08:16 PM
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Fallout 4??

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Comment #7 by UT Austin
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 05:09:44 PM
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Hopefully we get a Fallout 4 announcement later this year and a holiday 2014 release date. By that time I may actually be ready to get a Xbox One.

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Comment #8 by creaper210
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 05:09:58 PM
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Take your time, and tell me it is Fallout 4 please.

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Comment #9 by Jack Frost
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 05:10:50 PM
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Honestly, a new Fallout would certainly make the decision to purchase a next gen system a lot easier.

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Comment #10 by Mrryan12
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 05:16:39 PM
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It's great that they want to wow us, and take their time with this. It's for the better, but for pete's sake, JUST SAY FALLOUT 4! They can release it whenever, just acknowledge all of us waiting for the word!

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Comment #11 by Jaws as Crowns
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 05:25:04 PM
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Could it be a new ip?

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Comment #12 by A 7thProduction
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 05:35:16 PM
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That announcement trailer seems to have been cut in half.

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Comment #13 by Miss Allen86
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 05:40:57 PM
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Did someone say Bethesda? Did someone say RPG?! Holy mackerel! Bethesda+RPG=Greatness. I certainly hope it's a Fallout game. I still play Fallout today, even though I've searched every nook and cranny of the Wastes I still enjoy the hell out of it. Fingers crossed for Fallout! ^_^

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Comment #14 by MyNameIsWill
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 05:45:00 PM
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It has to be Fallout 4, imagine how beautiful it will look when it comes out (I'm guessing) in 2015!

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Comment #15 by smacd
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 05:59:07 PM
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Those of us who have been with Bethesda since the beginning are pretty used to waiting long periods of time between games. There was 7 years between Daggerfall and Morrowind. No different than waiting for the next Song of Ice and Fire book. Take your time Bethesda, every core series game you do is a masterpiece.

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Comment #16 by Thai J
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 06:12:02 PM
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Fallout 3 is one of my favorite games ever. I'm glad they're not churning out a Fallout game a year or anything but I think it's been long enough.

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Comment #17 by DeadlySinz86
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 06:16:43 PM
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A next-gen Fallout would be mind blowing, I always felt that New Vegas's potential was restricted by what the consoles could do. A lot of the next-gen titles seem to be open worlds (which is no bad thing, I love exploring worlds), so would be nice to see a Fallout at it's true potential.

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Comment #18 by s1c1m
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 06:33:56 PM
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i will play any game they make...take your time i have other games to play

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Comment #19 by Dr Popodopolus
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 06:40:10 PM
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I will shoot myself if Fallout 4 is not out by 2015

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Comment #20 by Panznerr
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 07:06:56 PM
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Yes Beth take your time. Please tell us its Fallout 4 also soon.

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Comment #21 by Fozki Razormaid
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 07:42:31 PM
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Todd Howard is one of the greatest game makers in the world

Fallout 4 - 2014
Elder 6 - 2017

if they did a soul calibur rpg it would be awesome

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Comment #22 by Judge Bergan
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 07:55:23 PM
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Posting to say #3 is a retard

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Comment #23 by Godfather93a
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 08:02:55 PM
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Posting to say why bother ^^

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Comment #24 by ronnie42
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 08:16:53 PM
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The new series 'Elderly Fallout'.lol

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Comment #25 by Clowhagen
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 09:02:53 PM
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I can't wait for more information about this!!

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Comment #26 by FXH Reaper
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 09:44:39 PM
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Please be Fallout 4! I can only imagine what they could do on a whole new benchmark of system specs, this game would be single thing to make me go out and buy next-gen. Right now I am in no hurry to upgrade until both systems are out and I hear what everyone's experience is with these new systems.

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Comment #27 by Livingdead84
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 09:45:00 PM
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Both are great games, but i think that is time of a new fallout.

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Comment #28 by Leviathan v2
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 10:24:05 PM
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I haven't got tired of the fallout formula yet, updated graphics, a new area, characters and weapons and you're set! :) Maybe improve the karma system too, and add new perks, those features were fine before i'd just like more faction choice.

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Comment #29 by Noahsmith37
Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 10:59:16 PM
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I wouldn't mind another Fallout New Vegas on the Next Gen. With the next gen they would be much more capable of making an entire Las Vegas strip that wouldn't feel so disjointed. However, I'm sure there are many other areas they could use for Fallout that would be equally awesome. I trust Bethesda in anything they want to do.

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Comment #30 by SteaL K1LL
Friday, June 14, 2013 @ 12:37:08 AM
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I just finished Fallout: New Vegas 1655/1655 and it was awesome! I still need to get Fallout 3 before i'll get the next one. hopefully when I complete it all the next fallout game would be released.

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Comment #31 by TMAC 93X
Friday, June 14, 2013 @ 02:14:46 AM
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Before they decided to make skyrim. They wanted to make a rpg about a song of ice and fire (game of thrones). Maybe they will make it now or just fallout 4.

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Comment #32 by MasterGazelle
Friday, June 14, 2013 @ 04:21:37 AM
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Taking time is good. I'd rather have a next gen title made after they fully understand the platform than I would crave a launch title.

Side Note: Really guys? was it necessary to down thumb #3 so much. He just expressed an opinion. He wasn't overly negative or offensive or hateful.

@3 Sorry mate I won't be up-thumbing your post either as I don't want Fallout rested yet.

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Comment #33 by shavron
Friday, June 14, 2013 @ 05:23:17 AM
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@32, It wasn't really negative, but it most certainly is an unintelligent statement. With the new hardware coming out there is a whole new world of possibilities for IP's like Fallout.

Personally I would like to see a new IP as well, but we'll have to wait and see. I know I'm in the minority here but I'd take a new Elder Scrolls over Fallout 4. Don't get me wrong, what Bethesda has done with Fallout is brilliant, but I've always been more a swords and sorcery kind of guy.

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Comment #34 by femalemalls
Friday, June 14, 2013 @ 07:57:54 AM
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Comment #35 by Roose91
Friday, June 14, 2013 @ 09:01:13 AM
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I want to like ES:O but having played as an Imperial, you only race you can't play as in it, since Morrowind I would be lying if I said I wasn't very disappointed.

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Comment #36 by Roose91
Friday, June 14, 2013 @ 09:06:43 AM
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@3 I'm guessing you never played Fallout 2, which had a drive-able vehicle.

What's more, and I know it contradicts my last statement, but due to the lack of spares and more importantly renewable fuel sources as a result of the perpetual Nuclear Winter and general complete destruction of civilization in the games lore, it would be rather hard to implement vehicles so I can't see how that could be a "way forward" for the series as you say.

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Comment #37 by krphilabaum
Friday, June 14, 2013 @ 09:25:24 AM
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I've really lost faith recently with Bethesda as a games developer. Last couple of games have been bug ridden and every time they patch anything it's really about adding support for DLC and major bugs are overlooked. Fallout New Vegas and Skyrim came close to being thrown across the room because of constant crashes amongst other things. If they deliver a top notch relatively bug free experience I'll consider it, but until not that bothered.

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Comment #38 by shavron
Friday, June 14, 2013 @ 10:02:06 AM
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@37 Bethesda didn't develop New Vegas, they only published it. Obsidian made it.

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Comment #39 by smacd
Friday, June 14, 2013 @ 11:52:38 AM
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The interesting thing is that each game they release is less buggy than the previous. Compare Skyrims bugs to Daggerfall's sometimes and tell me there hasn't been a massive improvement. You've gotta expect some issues with massive sandbox games like they tend to develop. I'm not saying that's an excuse, and engine based bugs really should be fixed, but a lot of other issues come up because there is just too many potential paths a player can take and no possible way to test all of them.

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Comment #40 by francisrossi
Friday, June 14, 2013 @ 12:27:37 PM
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Hopefully a proper engine that actually works without several months of patches?

@39 - Skyrim and New Vegas had massive, game-breaking bugs. The two Fallouts and Skyrim are the only ones I got on release, and only Fallout 3 wasn't crippled for months for me. I dread to think how bad earlier games must have been...

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Comment #41 by panickyonion
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 01:14:32 PM
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i dont have any fallouts so i would rather an Elder scrolls VI

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