Bethesda’s Pete Hines Explains Reason Behind Early The Elder Scrolls VI Announcement; Proof Single Player Games Are Still Alive
The Elder Scrolls is one of the best selling franchises in the history of the gaming industry, and its latest instalment The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim releasing back in 2011. At the time, the title managed to break records and set standards for upcoming role-playing open-world titles. Finally, and after more than seven years, a new Elder Scrolls instalment, The Elder Scrolls VI, got announced during Bethesda’s E3 2018 briefing. and admitted the title is in its pre-production phase.
Some might wonder why did Bethesda reveal it so early considering they relatively haven’t even started working on it yet? Well, Bethesda’s Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing Pete Hines talked with Eurogamer on how the studio wanted to reassure single-player fans that they are still supporting the genre. He mentioned another reason was Bethesda’s fans fearing the studio is stepping away from single-player titles, considering the shift in direction in Fallout to an online title.
Actually, I should not be quite so dismissive of the question, which is to say – the timeframe for Bethesda Game Studios titles has not changed at all. What changed was our desire to lay out a roadmap of those titles, not like, hey they’re going to be putting out a game every nine months, no, it still takes them years in between projects, but because we were doing something so different on Fallout 76, taking that franchise in such a different direction, doing an online game that doesn’t look like something you’d expect from BGS, we thought it was important to say: hey, new IP, single player, sci-fi thing coming, hey we are doing The Elder Scrolls VI after that. So that people didn’t start spinning off on, like, that’s the end of single player games from Bethesda Games Studios. Timeframe-wise, it would still be about as long as you’d expect when you look at Fallout 3 to Skyrim to Fallout 4 to Fallout 76. It’s still going to be those periods of time, that hasn’t changed. Or at least, I don’t think it will change from that based on what I know.
For now, here are ten things about The Elder Scrolls VI you need to know.