Skyrim team moving on to next project

[UPDATE] Bethesda says it will release only "minor" updates for latest Elder Scrolls game; no new DLC in the works.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, a Bethesda representative confirmed with GameSpot that no new downloadable content for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is in the works.

"No, there will be no other DLC," the company said.

The original story follows below

Bethesda Game Studios is moving on from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, its award-winning 2011 role-playing game. In a blog post today, the developer said its next project is now at the point where it requires the studio's full attention, though the outfit promised it will continue to support Skyrim.

"Even though we're moving on, we'll still have minor updates to Skyrim as needed," the developer said. "We've invested so much of ourselves into Skyrim and will never truly say goodbye to it."

Since shipping Skyrim in November 2011, Bethesda has released three downloadable content expansions for the game (Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn) as well as Kinect support for the Xbox 360 version and the Creation Kit for the PC version.

No official details regarding Bethesda Game Studios' next project have been divulged, though a past report suggests a Boston-set Fallout 4 is in the works. In addition, Bethesda parent company Zenimax Media this month trademarked a new game called "Starfield," though the publisher has declined to comment on what this may be.

Bethesda said last week that it would make "considerably more noise" in 2013.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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tomtomtom1230
tomtomtom1230

Scrap TESOnline, I think it's a horrible idea and wasn't impressed when I played the BETA. Concentrate on Elder Scrolls VI and then Fallout 4 please!

Huggy_Monster
Huggy_Monster

just glad i have a PC and a hugh community of modders to keep the game advancing and improving :-D

Chris Van Zanten
Chris Van Zanten

ive never played fallout, i turned more to the Metro game, i played oblivion elder scrolls and abit of skyrim though they are great adventure games

Eze Litong
Eze Litong

How about both. But Fallout 4 would be extremely cool game...

Gameparty.IR
Gameparty.IR

I hope they produce the elder scrolls : 6 after the fallout 4

Giannis Orfanos
Giannis Orfanos

Fallout 4 we've had Skyrim, and TESO is coming soon, i think it's high time for the next Fallout

SupermanJLU
SupermanJLU

After 600+ hours of playing Skyrim it may be time to call it a day as this news is just awful. I have finished every quest that was not broken with several different characters and got 100% on all the achievements. As a massive fan of this game I play for the joy of adventure and  I thought the plan was to release more DLC then Oblivion. I really want to play this game more but with no new DLC the world of Skyrim will fade into the past as I look forward to the Next Elder Scrolls game most likely half a decade away :(. (P.S. I only have the Xbox version so no Mods for me to keep the game fresh)

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I guess it will either be Elder Scrolls VI or Fallout 4. Though a new IP would bring something fresh to the table.

noclue_27
noclue_27

This is sad news, I would honestly prefer more Skyrim DLC to the launch of an entirely different game (Unless it's TES6, which I wouldn't expect for another 5 years or so XD).


At least there's always mods :D

IceCweam
IceCweam

Bethesda is now passing the torch and handing it to the sole possession of the fans again. Steam and Nexus is where Skyrim will continue to thrive as did the Elder Scrolls 4 for so long. In my humble opinion Fallout 4 seems the logical choice to follow-up after Skyrim if they repeat the same routine as in the Elder Scrolls 4, Fallout 3, Elder Scrolls 5, Fallout 4.... Most of the team would be working on the next project while some would be working on Elder Scrolls 6 if the pattern is repeated again: ES 3 completed, 1 month vacation, worked on ES4 for about 5 years, rinse and repeat. 

 In the meantime I'll be occupied with Defiance and looking forward to the Elder Scrolls Online playing with my friends (hoping the graphics get fixed since the leaked footage). Probably no Fus Roh Dah in that game, but you can bet you can still take an arrow to the knee! =P

Daniel Bragg
Daniel Bragg

something completely new altogether please, they have the money and the know how to take the risk of a new IP!

Prats1993
Prats1993

Just make a good game for once Bethesda.

cspark809
cspark809

I'm already hoping to see the next elder scroll. I hope you release it as soon as next new console arrives.

jefferson1964
jefferson1964

well it is a great game worth every penny and one of the few games I think you get more than your moneys worth and can play on and on for many months if your into doing all the side quests and extra DLC stuff.  I would like to see Bethesda come back to Fallout and take that on and make it as amazing as Skyrim.

voljin1987
voljin1987

they are working on a Wheel of Time RPG.. Well I can hope

4r0d0
4r0d0

Dear Bethesda,


Make a new IP.


Already have 5 Elder's Scroll games and 3 (maybe 4 at this point) Fallout games.

garyfrclev0815
garyfrclev0815

skyrim and oblivion were built for adventure the overall experience most rpgs are story driven I love rpgs but ide rather play a open world then story driven skyrim was a awesome game and I would like for 1 more dlc because hearthfire wasn't really anything and dragon born was a big let down riding dragons it to hard to control so please do 1 more

Bing Dimasputera
Bing Dimasputera

Fallout 4 i finished all fallout series and i absolutely love it!

tomtomtom1230
tomtomtom1230

Do yourself a favour and pick up Fallout 3. It's a fantastic game.

vadagar1
vadagar1

@Prats1993 dude Beth. games might have downsides but they are still great games..

confussedmonkey
confussedmonkey

@4r0d0 They have done new IPs and most of them fall flat. Elder Scrolls is still a new game with a different story just set in a  continuous universe. Fallout follows the same pattern as well. Not many games that come out offer as much as Bethesda games. You get a 3 to 4 hour single player game and a repetitive multiplayer game. That is what you get from Bethesda too when they do new IPs, or have a different studio work on it. Just look at Rage, Brink, and Rogue Warrior. They need to stick to the games they can make well and put more effort into making them playable when they launch. 

96augment
96augment

@4r0d0They have a a new IP. They're probably going to announce it at E3.

jefferson1964
jefferson1964

@4r0d0 if Bathesda can take the Fallout series and turn it into what Skyrim has been it will be amazing.  I liked FO3, not so much new vegas but i know bethesda was not affiliated with new vegas.  If lets say FO4 has all the graphics using the next gen system along with all these amazing places to explore the game will be great and I will be pre-ordering along with a next gen system but only IF Bathesda is doing it.

PCEng93
PCEng93

@garyfrclev0815 I wouldn't call it a let down. The reason that there isn't controlled dragon flying is because of the engine. With all of the cities in different worldspaces, it really doesn't work. Go to any city, type in tcl in the console, walk through the walls, and you'll see what I mean. They do that to help slower machines handle all of the things in each cell. If we had all of the cities in the world cell then there would be too much lag on older PC's.

It's the same reason they took out levitation and scrolls of Icarian flight from Morrowind when they made Oblivion/Skyrim. I would like them to return to open-cities though. That's the only way we will ever get any of these types of things.

All that said, I think Dragonborn was actually pretty good. Could have been better, of course, but definitely the best out of the 3 DLC. I'm a bit biased of course since I love Morrowind :)

donutking7
donutking7

@PCEng93 @garyfrclev0815  It would be really awesome if there were no transitions, open cities and open houses... and destroying the environment, and and, merge BF with TES pls pls pls hahaha