One of the biggest games arriving this year is undoubtedly Fallout 4. The game has managed to garner an immense amount of attention following its reveal, and hype amongst gamers for the title doesn’t appear to be diminishing whatsoever. While anticipation has reached a fever pitch, it’s easy to temporarily forget about the latest entry in Bethesda’s other blockbuster property, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
It’s odd to think that it has already been almost four years since Skyrim arrived across Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, and demand for a followup hasn’t slumped at all. While it’s inevitable that the series will see another installment at some point this console generation, Bethesda isn’t keen on cranking out a follow up just for the sake of making money – which it easily could.
Originating from an interview between Bethesda’s Pete Hines and the Telegraph, the Fallout 4 developer’s vice president of marketing and public relations stated that “we do smaller stuff, we don’t publish to scale, we try to publish to quality.” It’s for this reason, as Hines went on to explain, that the company didn’t turn around with a Skyrim 2 immediately following the original game’s release and immense financial success.
“It’s rare to have franchises like the ones we have and to have people joking about “when is Skyrim 2 coming out?” Generally speaking that’s what you’d be getting with another publisher in charge. They’d be spitting out a Skyrim 2 the year after or two years later. That’s just not how we view it.”
These comments stem from the same interview in which Hines stated that Bethesda may not be having a follow up press conference at next year’s E3, and the statement ties into what he’s saying in regards to Skyrim 2. The company isn’t willing to sacrifice the quality of its products in a bid to generate more revenue, although some would rightfully point out that Fallout: New Vegas was exactly that – albeit an enjoyable title nonetheless.
Still, it’s good to see that the company isn’t initial jumping head first into an onslaught of sequels for the sake of grabbing a quick buck. Of course, it’s also reassuring to have confirmation that the next core entry in The Elder Scrolls is still very much on the minds of the higher ups at Bethesda. Given how the developer waited to announced Fallout 4 until is was “basically done,” it’s not out of the question that the same approach could be taken with a “Skyrim 2“.
What do you think of Bethesda’s approach to sequels? When do you think we’ll see the next iteration of The Elder Scrolls? Get at us in the comments.
Fallout 4 is set to arrive for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 10, 2015.