I'm glad now every PS3 owner will be able to experience the Shivering Isles, luckily for me however that I bought the GOTY edition :)
ZeniMax Media gets massive funding package to help develop massively multiplayer titles and other game development; PS3 Shivering Isles coming to Sony's console solo.
Recent headlines show that making games has become a big business. One month ago, an Abu Dhabi-based firm invested $500 million in Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Two weeks ago, Electronic Arts bought BioWare/Pandemic for $860 million, seven days before NPD reported September was a $1.3 billion month for the US game industry.
Today, another major deal was announced. ZeniMax Media, owner of Bethesda Softworks, announced it has landed a massive investment from Providence Equity Partners Inc. In return for an undisclosed amount of preferred stock, the company will receive $300 million in funding to "increase game development and publishing, facilitate acquisitions, and finance massively multiplayer online games."
The MMOG projects in question are being developed under much secrecy at ZeniMax Online, which opened its doors this past August. Much of the remainder of the money will be used to "allow ZeniMax and Bethesda to think several steps ahead and grow," a spokesperson told GameSpot. Though next to nothing is known about the MMOG projects, Bethesda's upcoming releases include next month's Star Trek: Conquest (Wii, PlayStation 2) and next year's Fallout 3 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC).
Also as a result of the deal, Providence managing director Michael Dominguez will sit on ZeniMax's board of directors. Other members of the board include CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves, MGM Chairman and CEO Harry Sloan, former baseball player and Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., and famed film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
In other Bethesda-related news, the developer-publisher just announced it will release the Elder Scrolls IV: The Shivering Isles as an independent product for the PlayStation 3 on November 20. The expansion pack, which was released on PC and Xbox 360 via disc and download earlier this year, was previously only available for the PS3 as part of the Game of the Year Edition of the original Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, released earlier this month. The Elder Scrolls IV: The Shivering Isles PS3 expansion will retail for just $29.99, but will require Oblivion to play.
no bethesda, dont make an mmo, i promise you it will fail, you havent even made a multiplayer backend for oblivion, how on earth are you going to have to knowhow to make such a massive mmo system?
The thought of the elderscrolls series becoming multiplayer fascinates me... but how can they make the same theme as an mmo... because in morrowind or oblivion when you killed someone they literally died and didnt come back... but man if i could play a game like oblivion with my friends to go out and quest with the same graphics and feel of the game... that would be amazing... they would make like an infinite amout of money...lol sounds great bethesda you have yet to fail me!love your games bethesda keep up the good work!!
BETHESDAY SHUOLD TOTALLY TRANSFORM OBLIVION INTO AN MMO THAT WOULD BE AMAZING! I WOULD PLAY THAT GAME FOR EVER!
It's about time that we see the Oblivion expansions start to hit PS3. But, in fact, it's too late for me. I've already bought an Xbox 360 and GOTY edition of Oblivion and all of the expansions. So, I won't be buying any expansions on the PS3. Yes, Oblivion plays a bit better on the PS3, but Sony is still a step behind the Xbox 360. Sony better get on the ball and start getting titles before Xbox 360 if they want attract gamers back to the PS3. Sony also needs to make sure to offer a lot more downloadable content than they presently do.
A mmo for consoles is a great idea but i would like it to be cross platform for the bigger user base and not a gindathon like some other out there at the moment .
I don't know if you could sucessfully make the elder scrolls into an mmo. i would rather them try it out on Fallout 3.
I'd go for TES(or the Realm in which TES takes place) in a diablo type mmo. Retain the game engine currently used, but tweak it to be able to form parties of 3 or 4 and complete quests online if you want or if you choose you can do it offline solo. Also for the PVPers you can choose to enter the arena and duel 1 on 1 up to 4 on 4 or any other type of CTF.
An MMO from Bethesda will stand out from the crowd. They're great work on the elder scrolls will show up in this MMO hopefully..
hmm....$10 more than 360 version, 1 year late, and comes after new expansion announced...for 360 and PC??!!? just doesnt cut it Sony...
Great....More PAY to PLAY games coming out :( Got to keep making that money after a publisher has already FLEECED 50 bucks out of our pockets!!! I am beginning to like the Playstation Network more and more. Gaming for Free!!!!
@ fatzombiepigeon I agree completely the similar voices got so annoying! Some weren't even completed! When you talk to a old lady beggar about the king being dead she sudden has the voice of the young wealthy woman you talk to. That made me miss the old chat boxes. The A.I. were stupid, the level system was horrible, the skills and class choices were downgraded, and the world was generic. Morrowind > Oblivion.
@dekan69 where did you get that interplay still owns the rights to a fallout mmo? check the link, it says otherwise here, dude. http://www.thelastboss.com/post.phtml?pk=2622
Wait wait wait... Cal Ripken Jr is on the ZeniMax board of directors?!?! ... I cannot even begin to fathom what he's doing there.
It's about time they release a download for the Shivering Isles. I was seriously starting to regret buying the origional PS3 version of the game. Hopefully in the future Sony and thier third party developers can stay on top of it, otherwise the safe bet will always be going with the 360 version.
In response Gruug "Why isn't anyone speculating that the MMO could be Fallout? Seems I have read that "rumor" around somewhere. NOT FO 3 coming in 2008 as that is too soon. But, sometime in 2009-10 would be about right." It isn't going to be a fallout mmo. The reason why is because bethesda only has the rights to make fallout games for the console and PC. Interplay who made the orginal fallouts still owns the rights to make an mmo out of the license. In fact that is why you have heard something about a fallout mmo, because Interplay is continuing to try and find funding for the project. So bethesda is not aloud to make an mmo out of it.
If they want to do an MMO more power to them...but don't make it TES V...if you want to do say TES: Lost Chapters or some offshoot using that ES universe then thats cool..but TES V should be strictly offline....thats TES appeal is the fact they are THE single player games...they set the bar for how an offline game should be. Dont get lazy Bethseda...there are enough High Fantasy MMOs out there already...stick to what you rock at...making some of the best games of all time.
Assuming it would be a TES MMO, they would have to have the exact right formula or it would ruin the game.
Why isn't anyone speculating that the MMO could be Fallout? Seems I have read that "rumor" around somewhere. NOT FO 3 coming in 2008 as that is too soon. But, sometime in 2009-10 would be about right.
Donut, Why the hell would that happen? And I heard the MMO is star wars or something. (Maybe another bunch, but it sounds about right...) Some of you are scared of change. What is it going to hurt if there is another new game out there for you not to play?
With Conan coming out for the 360 in March(Hopefully) It's going to be a tad bit difficult to make an outstanding MMO for a Console.
Hmmmm....Kinda liked Oblivion because it WASN'T an MMO. It seemed like an MMO world that didn't have to have the hassle of other players calling me "noob" or yelling "4 strength 4 stam leather belt. Aaaah, oooh, oooaaah." Leave the formula as it is, but if you want to make an Elder Scrolls, MMO, PLEASE make an offline version.
I want this MMO in development to be TES V. I've wanted an online compatible Elder Scrolls game ever since I played Morrowind. If they did that, I would die a happy man... or if they at least put online play of SOME kind into TES V, I'd be happy too...
You know that companies put famous/celebrity business men on the board of directors just to make them look better. I doubt that those poeple even say or do much at meetings. All they have to do is show up for an hour or two every couple of months and get 15K+ an hour seems like a good deal to me.
God, took long enough to release it. Although its still a waste to own Oblivion on the PS3 since you can't get any of the downloadable content.
LiliShake hit the nail on the head. Just because Cal doesn't know about the development of video games doesn't mean he can't invest in them. Stuff like this happens all the time.
"Oh no....TES Online, what a waste of space. There are more then enough MMO games, but a openworld single player game is rare enough. Hopefully it's not TES Online but what other franchise do they have that is MMO worthy?" They could always make a new one....or make another Star Trek flop
I'm not playing Oblivion that much.Damn,its so huge and if there wasn't any horse in it,this game would never end ;)
Oh no....TES Online, what a waste of space. There are more then enough MMO games, but a openworld single player game is rare enough. Hopefully it's not TES Online but what other franchise do they have that is MMO worthy?
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