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The Elder Scrolls Is Back, In Novel Form

| 27 Apr 2009 18:01
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Still find yourself hopping into Oblivion from time to time just to immerse yourself in that world? You might want to check out the Elder Scrolls novels Bethesda has teamed up with Del Rey to release this fall.

Seems like Bethesda's about everything but The Elder Scrolls these days, what with their most recent series of big announcements involving things like action titles WET and Rogue Warrior, and, as you've no doubt already heard, a new Fallout.

I don't doubt that the Maryland studio's done with the franchise that was its original claim to fame, but until we hear about the next game, books will have to do, as Bethesda has teamed up with popular sci-fi and fantasy imprint Del Rey to publish a series of novels set in The Elder Scrolls universe.

New York Times bestselling author Greg Keyes will write the two novels, the first of which, The Infernal City, is due for release this fall. The Infernal City is set after the events of Oblivion, and "finds the citizens of Tamriel once again facing an uncertain future." Turns out there's a floating city hanging around that casts an evil shadow, not in a figurative sense but an entirely literal one: it turns people into zombies. As these things usually go, it's left to a 17-year-old girl named Annaig and the Emperor's son, Prince Attrebus, to save the day.

Keyes has garnered international acclaim for hs steampunk Age of Unreason series, as well as racked up sales with a number of bestselling Star Wars novels set in the New Jedi Order storyline.

"We've been big fans of Greg's work for a long time, and we're thrilled he agreed to bring his talents to The Elder Scrolls," Bethesda VP of public relations and marketing Pete Hines said. "We see these books as a natural extension of the franchise and think fans will love the stories and characters Greg has created."

Of course, if you don't want to spend money or look like a dork reading a videogame book on the subway, you could always just read some of the Elder Scrolls tales your fellow Escapists have been putting together.

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