Bethesda Claims It's Done With Skyrim

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Bethesda Claims It's Done With Skyrim

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Bethesda is moving on to its "next adventure," meaning the company won't create any more content for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Sad news for Skyrim fans: There's no more downloadable content in development for the game. After the Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn expansions, it seems that the development team wants to work on something else.

"Skyrim has been a labor of love for us since we started designing it in 2006," reads a new post on the official Bethesda blog. "We never imagined it would become the phenomenon it has. And that is because of you, the fans. It was all of you who made it a success. We can't thank you enough for embracing the game, spreading the word, and making it your own."

"For the last year and a half we've been working on new content for Skyrim; from the game updates, Creation Kit, Steam Workshop, Kinect support, to DLCs. Parts of our team have also been in pre-production on our next major project, and that game is at the point where it requires the studio's full attention to make it our biggest and best work yet."

Despite this, Bethesda claims that it will continue to support the game, issuing bug fixes and patches for the various versions of Skyrim as necessary. "We've invested so much of ourselves into Skyrim and will never truly say goodbye to it," the company claims.

While Bethesda is done with Skyrim, PC players at least have the wealth of user-generated content built by the Skyrim community to keep them busy for the next millennia. Console users have no such luck, but with the initial size of Skyrim coupled with the additions made by the game's three major DLC packs, there's plenty there to keep you occupied for quite some time.

Now, more crucially, what's this "next adventure" Bethesda mentioned? We've known about The Elder Scrolls Online for quite a while and if the blog post were referring to that game, why not simply mention it? This secrecy leads me to believe that Bethesda has another project in the works, one we don't know about, that the Skyrim team has been assigned to work on. It's too soon for another singleplayer Elder Scrolls game, but Bethesda does have another big RPG franchise that's due for a sequel at some point soon. A franchise with a more dedicated focus on guns and technology. A franchise that you might describe as "post-nuclear."

Ah, but that's just wishful thinking. I know as little about Bethesda's next project as any of you. Still, I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Source: Bethesda Blog

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Shame. Not as much DLC as I expected. Was hoping for one or two more packs.

really?

c'mon bethesda. while DawnGuard and Dragonborn were good they werent great. nowhere near as good as the expansions for morrowind or oblivion.

not to mention its still buggy for consoles (PC has an unoffocial patch which is much better than the official updates)

dont get me wrong i love skyrim but it does feel like bethesda did phone it in a bit

FinalDream:
Shame. Not as much DLC as I expected. Was hoping for one or two more packs.

This. I was hoping for one more big one like Dragonborn. Ahh well, mods it is then.

In other assumptions:

"FALLOUT! ... FALLOUT! ... FALLOUT! ..."

Fair enough, they've put a lot of work into Skyrim.

Now, time to start praying to the Bethesda gods for Elder Scrolls: Blackmarsh...

May the Fallout Flame Wars begin. Again. Geez.

Also, don't be disappointed, Skyrim fans! If you made the wise choice and bought the game on PC, there's actually a pretty neat Bionicle total conversion mod for Skyrim in the works. It looks pretty neat.

I just felt that needed to be said. Up, up, and away!

For the love of all that is holy MORE Fallout, I've ground Fallout 3 into a fine powder and need more, give me a fix man give me a fix.

So we'll just be going from one type of winter to another?

FinalDream:
Shame. Not as much DLC as I expected. Was hoping for one or two more packs.

There was "supposed" to be 5 in total. At least from what I remember, anyways. I'm willing to bet the whole PS3 fiasco had something to do with it.

Elder Scrolls Online is being done by a completely different team. It was stated even before they got done with the Dragonborn Expansion for Skyrim.

deathbydeath:
May the Fallout Flame Wars begin. Again. Geez.

Also, don't be disappointed, Skyrim fans! If you made the wise choice and bought the game on PC, there's actually a pretty neat Bionicle total conversion mod for Skyrim in the works. It looks pretty neat.

I just felt that needed to be said. Up, up, and away!

I cannot believe I did not know about this sooner!

If it means they're moving on to Fallout 4, then I'll be one extremely happy chappy. Couldn't find myself giving much of a shit about Skyrim after one playthrough, so didn't bother with the DLC either.

However, I've been waiting for a new Fallout for quite some time :D

So they started work on Skyrim the same year Oblivion was released. It is not at all unreasonable that they have started work on the next Elder Scrolls game. I'm not saying that's where they are directing the whole team to or that ESVI is what they are referring to. I'm just saying it's not a ridiculous option.

Well, that should mean the GotY version will be out soon. So I guess thats good.

I'm at an impasse with what they should do next. While it's pretty clear that they're working on Fallout 4, I feel that they don't need to make the next big thing. Skyrim, while big, was just really shallow and didn't give the player too much freedom on how to tackle certain scenarios, and had little to no meaningful benefits and consequences for your actions, and in the end they broke promises about a few features making it in the final game. But that sense of exploration... They just get it right. Perhaps they should work on an original IP that focuses on exploring a world mostly abandoned and unpopulated, resulting in few characters that you interact with? (Not Fallout)

It may be done making new Skyrim content but does this mean we won't get a 5th year Anniversary edition? In all seriousness, I haven't played any of the DLC yet. I may eventually but I haven't played any yet.

DVS BSTrD:
So we'll just be going from one type of winter to another?

You can wish for one, but only if you're patrolling the Mojave.

This is actually good for console players.
It's a bit like Minecraft was a few updates ago.
*new content new content new content small bug fixes new content new content*

I'm totally okay with them taking some time to work on just fixes.

Welp, guess it's up to the modders now. Those magical masters of the art.

Honestly I guess it's fine. They already put a lot of effort into what they had. Dawn Guard and Dragonborn were a bit larger then their usual DLC packs. If they just want to focus full force on their next title so be it. Just make it awesome Bethesda.

Bethesda: Can we has Fallout 4 nows?
Kidding aside, you'd think they would have announced this sooner, like after Dragonborn was released. That weird gap in time suggests they were working on one more DLC, but decided to scrap it (or more likely integrate its content into TES: Online). A bit disappointed, but at least this means they'll probably be putting on the Game of the Year edition soon; I've got friends who are waiting for that.

spartandude:
really?

c'mon bethesda. while DawnGuard and Dragonborn were good they werent great. nowhere near as good as the expansions for morrowind or oblivion.

not to mention its still buggy for consoles (PC has an unoffocial patch which is much better than the official updates)

dont get me wrong i love skyrim but it does feel like bethesda did phone it in a bit

I wouldn't consider the Oblivion DLC/expansions any better, even slightly worse, than what we have for Skyrim. Morrowind, on the other hand, was a time when expansions, not DLC, were made thus being better not only in size but in quality. And a Bethesda game buggy on consoles? Yeah, I never buy their games on console.

At least this will probably mean a GotY edition will come out soon-ish.

deathbydeath:
May the Fallout Flame Wars begin. Again. Geez.

Also, don't be disappointed, Skyrim fans! If you made the wise choice and bought the game on PC, there's actually a pretty neat Bionicle total conversion mod for Skyrim in the works. It looks pretty neat.

I just felt that needed to be said. Up, up, and away!

That did need to be said. It'll be the first mod I get whenever I get Skyrim for PC whenever that happens

On topic:I'm willing to say goodbye to Skyrim if it means next gen FALLOUT!!

I hope they do not make another Fallout game as I do not believe Bethesda are able to capture the Fallout 'vibe' as well as Obsidian was able to. Then again I don't know if Obsidian will be keen to work alongside Bethesda once more considering the whole "no bonuses for Obsidian for New Vegas despite great sales figures because you scored 84 and not 85 on metacritic due to Q&A failures that Bethesda was responsiable for".

Didn't I read somewhere that they were issuing WAY more DLC then the few out now?

And we bid thee farewell. May you live on in the Steam workshop, and the Steam Summer sale

I wonder if this has anything to do with the exclusivity contract Bethesda had with Microsoft.

Could it be that Microsoft was no longer willing to pay for the timed exclusive DLC and thus it was the end of all Skyrim DLC?

tbh, i have enough mods to last me forever, not including the ones that have yet to exist since japan hasn't had its way with it completely yet

grigjd3:
So they started work on Skyrim the same year Oblivion was released. It is not at all unreasonable that they have started work on the next Elder Scrolls game.

Agreed.

Oblivion development started not long after Morrowind, in 2002, and released 2006; Conceptual work on Skyrim started not long after Oblivion, in 2006, and full development started 2008, for late 2011 release.

If they take a similar schedule then starting work now on the next Elder Scrolls would give a target of somewhere around a 2016 / 2017 release. I suppose its just an opinion, but I dont really understand the claim of

Earnest Cavalli:
It's too soon for another singleplayer Elder Scrolls game

How long would they need to wait for it to not be too soon? Do they need to aim for a 2050 release?

Man i cannot wait for the next fallout game! Bethesda quit beating around the bush I need some details! But then again take all the time you need I want it to be as nice as possible so don't rush it.

PoolCleaningRobot:
On topic:I'm willing to say goodbye to Skyrim if it means next gen FALLOUT!!

Do you know how hard it is for that to show up in my messages and not comment on it?

If this means Fallout 4...GIVE IT TO ME DAMN IT!

Dr.Awkward:
I'm at an impasse with what they should do next. While it's pretty clear that they're working on Fallout 4, I feel that they don't need to make the next big thing. Skyrim, while big, was just really shallow and didn't give the player too much freedom on how to tackle certain scenarios, and had little to no meaningful benefits and consequences for your actions, and in the end they broke promises about a few features making it in the final game. But that sense of exploration... They just get it right. Perhaps they should work on an original IP that focuses on exploring a world mostly abandoned and unpopulated, resulting in few characters that you interact with? (Not Fallout)

I think you're right about Bethesda and story telling. If Obsidian weren't so clearly pre-occupied I'd like to see a collaborative effort for Fallout 4, but that's not going to happen unless we want to wait like 5 years.

They've always got Dishonored. I do think it would be interesting to take it to a more open world level, but without the kind of depth they aren't equipped to create, I don't know.

bigfatcarp93:
Fair enough, they've put a lot of work into Skyrim.

Now, time to start praying to the Bethesda gods for Elder Scrolls: Blackmarsh...

*slap* ...NO!...Elder Scrolls VI: ELSWEYR, not Blackmarsh! And no, don't say, "Oh, doesn't the mod "Moonpath to Elsweyr" count?" because no, it doesn't!

OT: Well, that sucks. I still love Skyrim and all of its DLCs, and I'm glad that they're going to continue to support it by fixing any glitches or bugs still present, but I'm sad that there won't be any more DLCs...even though it seems like there were going to be a few more left...

Still, this does give me an excuse to start downloading a few mods I've had my eyes on; I was afraid that future DLCs would conflict with the ones I wanted. Now that Bethesda said that there aren't going to be any more, I can download without fear...but not without scrutiny, of course.

what are the chances that the next fallout is for ps3?, i guess none but hey i can dream..

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