You wouldn’t think Bethesda and Blizzard would fit together in the same sentence, but the two companies do have something in common. They take years to develop their marquee franchises.
The last traditional Elder Scrolls release (Skyrim) is coming up on four years ago. Four years later and tens of thousands still play the game every day. A thriving modding community is responsible for maintaining Skyrim’s popularity over these past four years.
Bethesda released The Elder Scrolls Online to a lukewarm reception last year. Earlier this summer, the publisher brought the title to consoles.
What about the next chapter in the Elder Scrolls franchise? Bethesda’s VP of Marketing Pete Hines told Dualshockers it will be a “very long time,” before the folks at Bethesda talk about what’s next after Fallout 4.
That doesn’t mean they won’t be working on it. Fallout 4 was damn near done before Bethesda announced it at their dedicated E3 conference.
“Let’s be honest, [right now] it doesn’t matter what anybody wants for a feature in Fallout 4,” Hines said. “The game is basically done. It was by and large done before we announced it, in terms of the features going in.”
Bethesda’s main goal right now is trying to hunt down every bug and fix it before release. A bug-free Fallout? Yeah, that’s not happening. I’m not knocking the developers. When you create open-world games, you’ll never be able to find every bug. A QA team can’t test a game in six months like millions of gamers can in one week.
While we won’t be hearing about a traditional Elder Scrolls games anytime soon, you will soon be able to play Bethesda’s take on the digital card game. The Elder Scrolls Legends was announced at E3 and will be available on iPad and PC later this year.
Fallout 4 is shaping up to be one of this year’s most anticipated releases. Get ready to venture into the wastelands of Boston on November 10th.