Elder Scrolls going into print

In the course of playing the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, players come across hundreds of books, many of which add new details to the sprawling game's expansive backstory. Now, the Elder Scrolls series itself is getting the novelization treatment, courtesy of famed science fiction and fantasy...

In the course of playing the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, players come across hundreds of books, many of which add new details to the sprawling game's expansive backstory. Now, the Elder Scrolls series itself is getting the novelization treatment, courtesy of famed science fiction and fantasy publishing label Del Rey.

In a joint statement sent out today, Del Rey and developer-publisher Bethesda Softworks announced that two Elder Scrolls novels are in the works. The first, The Infernal City, is due out this fall and will be written by Greg Keyes, author of the best-selling Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone fantasy series. Keyes also penned several entries in the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series, based on the titular sci-fi film franchise.

The Infernal City's plot will be set after The Elder Scrolls IV, when the realm of Tamriel is threatened by a new menace--a flying city that touches down to wreak havoc on the landscape. It will follow two protagonists--a 17-year-old girl and the young son of the new emperor--as they investigate the city's origin and try to stop it.

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GuitarGOD101
GuitarGOD101

@rebornblood Bethesda is talking about TES 5 coming out in 2011, from what i saw online. What sucks is that they might, MIGHT, make it into an MMORPG like World of Warcraft.

rebornblood
rebornblood

loved Oblivion will never forget that game but one question rings in my head when is the next elder scrolls coming? if anyone has information on the elder scrolls and what it will be like much appreciated if you email me thanx!

ShadowmeresFury
ShadowmeresFury

this has the potential to be really interesting...I hope it turns out that way. I have spent countless hours studying Elder Scrolls lore so this could either be awesome or a total letdown.

jshint
jshint

what new emperor? theres not supposed to be a new emperor, its supposed to turn into a democracy or something, weird.

phatsy
phatsy

zphinx wtf are you talking about? did you memorise all of the books in the game?

MaxP93
MaxP93

TES 4 is one of my favorite games and i already have a book that came with tue game about the history of the imperial city and it was alright. So i will defiantly chek out these books

sphinx7410
sphinx7410

A flying city desent make sense , though i have the sky castle mod. I certainly dont want this anywhere near ES5. There is no heir , so that means the break up of the empire. An alliance between Colovia and Skyrim should facilitatean expedition to akavir does sound inviting . As well i dont trust Ocato ( a highelf Decended from the Aylieds),im sure he will be just as dangerous as Jagar Tharn. Put it this way The Dark Brotherhood has a suspended contract on both him and Marius Caro.

Arch-MageJJxx
Arch-MageJJxx

im only 14 and im currently writing a book on oblivion as its my #1 game ever and from my eyes its turning out really well.its based on my travels through cyrodill from my escape through the imperial prison to my downfall as an assasin to my rise as the champion of cyrodill.i hope it turns out good.

tacoflamekitty
tacoflamekitty

I found a l33t little error. if u have shadowmere, turn difficulty down, not it out, and search it. when u do this, put important things into it, wait, and It will stand back up. to get ur things back, not it out and search. 360 only i beleive.

Lord_Kiatos6
Lord_Kiatos6

Cool. There making a book. :D p.s. if u love chuck norris and oblivion check out Chuck Norris in Oblivion on youtube

electronic_eye
electronic_eye

there's a little info out there online about the elder scrolls 5. this is from Wikipedia, and there's no caption on there saying anything needs better references/verification. "In late October 2008, shortly after the release of Fallout 3, Bethesda's Publishing Executive, Paul Oughton, indicated that the series' fifth installment could be released in 2010.[3] Zenimax, the owner of Bethesda Softworks, had trademarked the name "Skyrim" in 2006,[4] but its relation to the fifth installment of the series is uncertain." Might be the same or more info on Bethesda's site.

Busta_Cap001
Busta_Cap001

books okay but a new game would be even better

duncanainsworth
duncanainsworth

i think this will be a good idea as i loved the oblivion game, and the others for that matter, but a book on this series can only be a good thing

duncanainsworth
duncanainsworth

i think this will be a good idea as i loved the oblivion game, and the others for that matter, but a book on this series can only be a good thing

Fady117
Fady117

Oh wow!!!! completely new protagonists, plus, we're going to get a sneek-peek at how things will probably end up later in Tamriel!!!! wicked cool, can't wait to grab these novels!

seriousjoker93
seriousjoker93

This is good but where is the announcement of the next game??

noclue_27
noclue_27

I'M EEFING PUMPED!! XD Also hoping for a TES:V announcement at this E3.

Sovereign_13
Sovereign_13

Im no lore expert but i don't remember anything about a flying city, sinking cities maybe, but no flying cities

biagio55
biagio55

in agreement here i want a game not a book!!!!!!!!!

Boom-Cheese
Boom-Cheese

Awesome, books on the TES series. It deserves a few, as I can't believe how much work went into the history and past events of Tamriel. Looks to be utterly disappointing though. I mean, what the hell!, a flying city? Lame idea. We'll see how it goes, but looks pretty much terrible.

Cicatraz_ESP
Cicatraz_ESP

Greg Keyes is a good author, I really enjoyed all of the NJO books he wrote.

Mr_Versipellis
Mr_Versipellis

Gah... Major TES fan and lore boffin here... THIS SUCKS!!! It doesn't have anything to do with Tamriel, and looks to be AWFULL.

spartanjd
spartanjd

yes i am doing a story for school about oblivion main quest but i am no pro i hope to get my hands on one copy XD

Raidenkai
Raidenkai

Sounds like an interesting idea. I'm looking forward to seeing how it all pans out.

TristanVTV
TristanVTV

Could be interesting, I think Ill give any books a try at least because I though Oblivion was a great game. This is discussed in the Visiting The Village podcast at http://www.mode7games.com/blog/

Brantos1988
Brantos1988

Yeah, we don't need a book we need a new game .

ZEALOTzeus
ZEALOTzeus

Flying city? can we have that in ES5?

008Zulu
008Zulu

I bet after reading the book for a few minutes, you crash to the desktop.

okassar
okassar

How about a new elder scrolls GAME instead of book?lol,or both,like now.

mia_bori
mia_bori

I wonder who the new emperor is going to be??? and when is ES5 coming out?

gamedude1990
gamedude1990

I love all the illiterate gamer rejects who put down books because theres not enough pictures in them are commenting on the Elder Scrolls book. I for one love the idea. Bethesda isn't making the book, you rejects. Don't worry, they're still going to make games. Books can create a much deeper and compelling story than any other video game can do.

donxenaro
donxenaro

Great games can give great books

mikeo1229
mikeo1229

Jedo that would be a great idea.

anshanlord
anshanlord

im wondering who is the new emperor????

oldbones
oldbones

A book on the continuation of Oblivion is okay as long as the next Elder Scrolls does not necessarily follow the books outlines. Certainly hope that the next game will return to the "Morrowind" form.

Jedo
Jedo

From a game to a book?...sounds like a childish idea (literally - something I was doing when I was about 10). I think a much better idea was a mod where people wrote a whole bunch of Tamriel-related stories and stuck them in the game as books to enrich the libraries.

Scanzo
Scanzo

seems interesting. very. but, i think it would be better as DLC for Oblivion.

-Near-
-Near-

you can probably read more in the in game books than these novels, but I agree the books plot sounds like it should be DLC instead of a novel, and why are the heroes always 17 or 16?

metalgeargod22
metalgeargod22

This will be great to add to the story of TES. Very excited and will definitely be checking these out =]

ff7cloudking
ff7cloudking

I'm not familiar with any of Greg Keyes work, but I am hoping that he is a good author and I will defniitly be checking these books out.

NintendoSpartan
NintendoSpartan

i got they might make another expansion pack (they did say they were done with tes4 expansion pack) they might make it to were you can get someone that is from the same family as urial (emperor) this person should be some one who has just moved in to the IC, and he/she should be imperial (urials race) first he does not know he is some what related to urial but the ocato (emperors battle mage) looks at him/her and says to u that he has a small idea of that person being the next emperor and he tells u that there is a dungeon that has a object that can tell if someone is the next emperor or not and there is more but i am wanting to make a demo of that.

NintendoSpartan
NintendoSpartan

OK if you want to make books u will need notepad and the tes construction set (at bethesda download sight) and for the new game thing, Bethesda is now focused on fallout 3 but there are rumers that tes 5 is coming out soon (year) and they are also figuring out where they should make tes 5 at (on the tes map) and I assume it is going to be at summerset isles because there was a little chat room on a youtube video (commenting) saying that then next tes was going to be on summerset isles but still i think what would be cool is if they did 2 or more countries (tes) like mabye summerset isles, cyradil (tes 4 oblivion), and elswyr.

Ospov
Ospov

How about let's make a new game instead of books, ok?

diorj
diorj

Greg keys is a great author. it sounds interesting.

bumbro8521
bumbro8521

No. Just no. The're going to advance the story and not let the player take part. I really hope this won't effect the next game.

Cavalier_Eternl
Cavalier_Eternl

I wonder if the next Elder will be based on the creations of this author?

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I'm actually somewhat surprised they haven't tried to do this before considering how much lore is there and how long some of the books can be even during the game! I'd check em out!

Awful_Cleric
Awful_Cleric

Thats cool... Now...Make Another Game Dammit!