Bethesda’s Next Game is ‘Pretty Far Along’

Aug 26, 2010 by  

Bethesda's next game is far along

Fans of Maryland based Bethesda Softworks will hopefully not have to wait much longer to get their hands on the next title from the studio. Speaking at QuakeCon, Todd Howard, Executive Producer and Game Director at Bethesda, mentioned that the studio is making good progress with their next game:

“One thing I can say is that from when you first hear about it to when it’s out will be the shortest it’s been for us. It’s pretty far along. When we show it, we want to show a lot, because there’s a lot of game there to play right now.”

Fallout 3, which addicted gamers with its great open world gameplay and story, was the last game developed by Bethesda. Announced in July 2004, the game did not hit shelves until October 2008. Before that came Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which was revealed in September 2004 and released in March 2006. Once this new game is announced, it will hopefully not take another two to four years until you can experience the game for yourself.

Howard also mentioned something that could explain how they are moving at a faster than usual pace in developing the new game: Bethesda is still using the same engine to power this new game that they used for their last few releases.

This may be a cause for worry for some gamers, as one concern about the upcoming Fallout: New Vegas is that the engine appears slightly dated. Howard even admitted at QuakeCon that they are unable to have ladders in their games because the engine can’t handle them. Howard did mention that Bethesda is making some big changes to the engine, and we can hope that will alleviate some of the concerns:

“That’s our starting point — the Fallout 3 tech. It started with Morrowind, we went to Oblivion, we did a lot between Oblivion and Fallout 3 because now we had final hardware — with Oblivion we had six months on final hardware, so Fallout 3 technically does a lot more than Oblivion. The new stuff is an even bigger jump from that.”

While it has not been revealed what this game will be, many are hoping it will be the next game in The Elder Scrolls series. It could be a completely new IP, but I think with the fan base constantly asking for it, Bethesda would have to hate money to not give them The Elder Scrolls 5.

So Ranters, what are you thoughts on this? Do you want a another Elder Scrolls game, or something new?

Sources: Joystiq, Eurogamer, IGN

Tags: Bethesda, PC, PS3

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  1. Elder Scrolls V in Skyrim plox.

    • Seconded.

    • The Elder Scrolls V with every province explorable.

      Not just Skyrim

    • NO.

      • Woops, I meant “NO” to Skyrim.

        I WANT ELDER SCROLLS 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Too bad they didn’t get to use the Rage engine this time out.

  3. Elder scrolls IV was too glitched but loved none the less. Let’s hope they fixed those bugs.

  4. I hope it’s not Oblivion I liked the game, but not as much as most and would prefer something else. I’d love to see a new IP that is a third person RPG, but I know that won’t happen. These guys make good games it’s just hard for me to play them I really hate FP. As much as I enjoy OBlivion and as much as I absolutely love Fallout neither can compare to Dragonage or Mass Effect for me. They would be a little higher rated for me if perhapses they made a third person game. Yes you can play both games in third person, but the game wasn’t built for that and the controls show it the game controls awful in third person.

    • I agree to an extent, third person was aweful in both fallout and oblivion but i am a first person man myself, they should make it equally playable in first and third person if they want the range to make the game truely satisfactory.

  5. I could do without another Elder Scrolls game. I want NEW IPs!

    • Amen.

  6. I call Elder Scrolls 5 for 2012!!

  7. Elder Scrolls V for the love of god!

  8. If they make another elder scrolls.. They should do it like FABLE and move into more modern times.. I mean.. Shotguns and magic? Come on! that would be crazy! Or better yet.. they could really shock us, and totally go futuristic, (unlike Fallout 3) like Final Fantasy, and have a completely new world!! With surviving characters of course.. And keep the guilds.

    • Crazy enough, i did ponder an Elder Scrolls with Futuristic taste to it.. Like BladeRunner Elder Scrolls mix… wow, just think about it…

      • Dude, you just blew my mind. I can’t even handle that idea.

  9. i can wait if they are making a next elder scroll i love them

  10. @Y9Power
    go buy Fable III then

  11. I want Elder Scrolls!!

  12. Couldn’t they just be talking about Rage?

  13. Must be elder scrolls V. No offence, but fallout just doesn’t cut it for me. Hate the post-apocalypse setting. Also, the ending of Fallout 3 was just plain stupid.
    I really couldn’t care less about being able to climb ladders. Not really a big part of any game

    • If you didn’t like Fallout no big, but how was the ending stupid? I thought the ending was great. Left you with a big choice and made everything seem so urgent. Allowing you to sacrifice your self or be selfish. It’s basically just what Dragon Age did.

      Personally I loved the post Apocalyptic setting. I loved Fallout and found it to be much better than Oblivion. I played Fallout all the way through every side quest all the way through the main story. It’s also the only gave I ever got DLC for other than Fable 2 and I played all of it as well. Oblivion I couldn’t even finish talk about bad story. Oblivion had some ok aspects, but the story was just really boring and weird. I enjoyed the guild quests and other side quests in oblivion way more than the main story. I was sick of the game after about 10 hours couldn’t stand to even think about playing it anymore. The environment was very un-unique and repetitive and I really disliked the leveling system.

      Fallout for me was a fresh enviornment and it was non repetitive. I loved the stat and level up system and VATS was great. I usually hate First person games, but the Vats took all that hate away for me. Also the story was much better in my opinion. The best thing about Oblivion was Patrick Stewart.

      For me personally

      Fallout 3 – 9.2/10

      Oblivion – 8.5/10

      It was still good just in my opinion a little over hyped. I’m sure if I would of played it on it’s initial release I’d of loved it more, but I got to play a lot of RPG’s that were much much better before I finally got around to oblivion and it sort of ruined it for me.

      Every one is different though. I used to be a big sword and shield round table times RPG fan, but Mass Effect and Fallout changed that for me and now I actually prefer Modern or futuristic RPGs. Dragon Age was great though.

      • Yeah, the ending was stupid because it was a pointless sacrifice when you talk to fawkes he says he cant switch the purifier on because its your moment? You don’t see how ridiculous that is? Fawkes would not have died if he went in and did it. Pointless.
        That said I did enjoy Fallout 3 while it lasted. But did not want any more after I beat it.
        Things to improve in ES5:
        Get more voice actors.
        The soundtrack could do with being a bit more exciting.
        Some sort of skill system needs to be added. Similar to Dragon age

        • I like the Fallout system just how it is I don’t want them to change it at all. Honestly the stat systems on Dragon Age could some times be irritating for me. I’d rather they don’t change a thing.

          And no I didn’t find it ridiculous at all. Especially since not everyone finished the game with Fawkes.

  14. Elder Scrolls V in all regions plox?

  15. Does anyone else hope that the next elder scrolls will introduce new guilds? I’m tired of the same few. And I’m also hoping they will make guard systems a rid bit more realistic. I hate having a bounty and walking into town. It’s annoying that they somehow are immediately alerted to you. And this is just me rambling Now but I’d like to be able to conquer cities. I think it’d be fun to march into a city, kill the count, and be throned, with a possibility of rebellion. :)

    • I would mainly want to see them make major gameplay improvements without hurting the content like they did in Oblivion. Oblivion was nice, but it should’ve been called “Elder Scrolls Light”, or “Elder Scrolls for Idiots”.

  16. I have to disagree, I thought that for the most part the gameplay was smooth and appealing. It kept me busy too, playing without ever fast traveling.

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