It's been four years since Oblivion brazenly brought the glory that is Elder Scrolls to next generation consoles. According to an inside source, we may finally have confirmation that Elder Scrolls V is fully in development over at Bethesda Studios. In addition, it may be a direct sequel to Oblivion.
The news comes from Eurogamer Denmark, and while the original text might not mean much to the less bilingual of us, we've got some translated material that will definitely perk your ears, whether they're elven or not. The source not only confirms that Elder Scrolls V is in development, as we all expected anyway, but had some tasty snippets about the game as well.
Kristian West, the Editor-in-Chief at Eurogamer Denmark, excitedly spilled out the details of his interview in English:
"This source not only confirmed that the game is in current production, but also spoke briefly about the content - with fantasy-sounding phrases like Dragon Lord, something with The Blades - and that voice acting for the characters in the game is currently happening in the weeks to follow."
The fact that they're pushing past scripting and finalizing the audio snippets of character voices means that, as was suspected, Bethesda may have been working on the new Elder Scrolls for up to 2 years already (or quite a bit longer). Back in August, Eurogamer chatted with Bethesda Executive Producer Todd Howard who revealed that a good portion of their 90-member team had been working on their next project during Fallout 3 just as much of their staff began work on Fallout 3 during the final stretches of Oblivion's production.
"The same source confirmed, with official game documents in hand, that this will be the chronological sequel to what happened in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which is the latest game in the now 16-years-old Elder Scrolls saga and by itself one of the better RPGs for PC and consoles."
The timespan of Elder Scrolls V has been much debated, and given that so much happened within the bounds of Cyrodiil, it's very possible that the successor to Oblivion will be based in the same area. However, gamers will undoubtedly be hungry for more and Bethesda will be sure to open up the landscape and allow for some truely epic travels to places never seen before, perhaps into the neighboring lands of Hamerfell or Elsweyr.
Howard stated that a new title would be announced soon - but wouldn't say much more than that, other than his excitement it.
"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 technically does a lot more than Oblivion. The new stuff is an even bigger jump from that - I can say it is on the existing platforms, which we're really happy with. You almost feel like you have a new console when you see the game."
After the previously mentioned voice acting is implemented, it looks like they just might be ready to do a reveal trailer and make us all very, very happy people.
Are you excited for the likelihood of Elder Scrolls V? What do you think it will be like, and what will you think the world will be like after the climactic events of Oblivion?