Don’t Hold Your Breath for Elder Scrolls News


Pete Hines of Bethesda told The Escapist today that gamers would be “unwise” to see anything more in yesterday’s free release of Daggerfall than a simple celebration of the 15th anniversary of The Elder Scrolls.

Bethesda announced the free release of the classic RPG epic The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall yesterday to mark the 15th anniversary of the famed franchise. Hines, Bethesda’s vice president of public relations, admitted he was a little surprised by the move at first but cautioned gamers not to see the giveaway as anything more than it is: A gift to fans for making the series so successful.

“Honestly, I never thought we’d release Daggerfall for free,” he said. “It was really Todd Howard’s idea. He was the one that pointed out it was the 15th anniversary of The Elder Scrolls, and we should do something. He thought we should do Daggerfall, so we did.”

“It’s a celebration of a great milestone for a great series, nothing more,” he added. “Holding your breath for news would be unwise.”

Bethesda has a lot on its plate these days and with action on the Fallout, Brink and id Software fronts, its attention is clearly focused elsewhere. Or is it? Is it possible that Hines is using the ol’ reverse psychology trick, telling us Bethesda has no intention of announcing any “news” about The Elder Scrolls when in fact a major project detailing the opening years of the Fourth Era of Tamriel is brewing at this very moment?

“News,” Pete? Why, whatever do you mean?

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