“We aren’t working on TES6 at the moment.” That’s the word from Bethesda executive Pete Hines on Twitter over the weekend.
@HotShame0 we aren't working on TES6 at the moment
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) June 25, 2016
They might not be right now, but no one believes they won’t soon be. The success of the franchise (and especially Skyrim) guarantee another entry.
Nearly five years ago, millions of gamers lost themselves in the world of Skyrim. Five years later and hundreds of thousands still play thanks to the countless mods. And this fall, hundreds of thousands of more will return on Xbox One and PS4 thanks to Skyrim: Special Edition.
Mods (on consoles) are coming to Skyrim. They are already proving immensely popular for the Xbox One. Bethesda is hoping they will be just as big with Skyrim: Special Edition.
Elder Scrolls fans (and me) look to the future
Would Hines even admit if they were working on TES6? Publishers like to keep things under wrap as much as possible. Messaging and marketing for video games are just like movies. It’s almost as important as the final product. The right marketing pushes a good game into one gamers won’t soon forget.
Granted, this is Bethesda. They are up there with Blizzard as far as fanbases go. Fallout 4 was always going to be a hit. The lull between release dates ensured it. It’s the same reason every game Blizzard releases is a hit. They just don’t do them all that often.
Part of it is on us. We just can’t wait to play the next game from certain developers. Rockstar, Bethesda and Blizzard are just a few that come to mind. This also extends to franchises. I can’t wait to play Mass Effect: Andromeda. Sure, Mass Effect 3’s ending was terrible – but it’s been so long since I’ve played a Mass Effect game.
Plus, the bigger lulls between release dates gives the developers time to come up with great ideas. And more importantly, build them.
I imagine what CD Projekt Red did with The Witcher 3 is making every open-world game developer take a step back. Side-quests used to be busy work you did in between the main story. The Witcher 3 made nearly every quest compelling.
When do you think we’ll see another Elder Scrolls game? Before E3, I would have said next year (2017). But with Skyrim: Special Edition, I’m not so sure. Would Bethesda turn a mainline Elder Scrolls game around that quickly? And so soon after a Skyrim remaster?
I just hope Bethesda follows the same template for announcing and release they did for Fallout 4. Don’t reveal it and make us wait years for it. Hit us at your E3 conference and release it that same holiday season.