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Elder Scrolls 5 May Be a Direct Sequel to Oblivion

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The Elder Scrolls 5 is rumored to be a direct sequel to Oblivion.

Eurogamer Denmark reports that Bethesda Game Studios is currently working on The Elder Scrolls 5. However unlike Bethesda's previous four installments, the new addition is supposedly a direct sequel to the latest chapter, The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion, which was released back in 2006 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

"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," said Eurogamer Denmark Editor-in-chief Kristian West who translated his story for Eurogamer.

"The same source confirmed, with official game documents in hand, that this will be the chronological sequel to what happened in The Elder Scrolls 4: 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," West added.

Bethesda Game Studios admitted back in August that its 90 or more staff members had been working on an Elder Scrolls title over the past two years. It was believed that Bethesda would follow the same pattern by releasing stand-alone chapters, however now it seems that the studio has decided to break the tradition.

During QuakeCon 2010 this summer executive producer Todd Howard said that the studio's current title would be announced soon, but didn't actually pinpoint a specific timeframe. "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," he admitted. "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."

Howard indicated that the new title will look and perform incredibly well on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. "You almost feel like you have a new console when you see the game," he said.

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    qu3becker , November 23, 2010 10:57 PM
    I just hope they use a new graphical engine... And better not be a MMORPG.
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    Immoral Medic , November 23, 2010 10:56 PM
    Elder Scrolls 5. DO WANT NOW.
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    nicodemus_mm , November 23, 2010 10:56 PM
    This worries me... "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..." Does this mean that they're still sticking with the same ancient engine? Please... for the love of all that is digital... ditch the old and busted and bring in the new hotness.
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    Immoral Medic , November 23, 2010 10:56 PM
    Elder Scrolls 5. DO WANT NOW.
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    nicodemus_mm , November 23, 2010 10:56 PM
    This worries me... "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..." Does this mean that they're still sticking with the same ancient engine? Please... for the love of all that is digital... ditch the old and busted and bring in the new hotness.
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    qu3becker , November 23, 2010 10:57 PM
    I just hope they use a new graphical engine... And better not be a MMORPG.
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    Anonymous , November 23, 2010 11:04 PM
    20 of those 90 employee's are rumored to already be working on the many patches needed to fix the game after it's released.
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    Stryter , November 23, 2010 11:08 PM
    Same here about the game engine. I really hope they have been building a new engine this whole time and don't just use the upgraded engine that Fallout 3 has been using. I can't wait for ES:V though and I hope it is a direct sequel to Oblivion. Oblivion had such a fantastic and epic story. I definitely want to see what happens to the empire in the aftermath.
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    Pyroflea , November 23, 2010 11:20 PM
    Good thing it's never coming out *Weeps Openly*
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    nforce4max , November 23, 2010 11:20 PM
    :o  something that I have been waiting for ages! I don't care if it used the same engine so long the bugs are few and the game play is good.
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    scione , November 23, 2010 11:24 PM
    I just hope they fixed the character models, god they were ugly.
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    Anonymous , November 23, 2010 11:36 PM
    i'm more concerned about them dumbing it down for fallout players and the massive list of bugs that will surely plague it. and besides, fallout new vegas didn't look terrible
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    Hatecrime69 , November 23, 2010 11:46 PM
    qu3beckerI just hope they use a new graphical engine... And better not be a MMORPG.


    if anything please a new engine! I hate that one they used for morrowind/oblivion
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    feeddagoat , November 23, 2010 11:47 PM
    nicodemus_mmThis worries me... "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..." Does this mean that they're still sticking with the same ancient engine? Please... for the love of all that is digital... ditch the old and busted and bring in the new hotness.


    If its out on consoles I can't see it being massively overhauled. Possible that they might tweak it a bit more from fallout which was a big improvement from Oblivion but fallout was sometimes graphically buggy which was a shame (More than I remember Oblivion being). Also fallout had some nice mechanics which would be nice to see. Hope they completely redo the levelling system too. I guess using the same engine is why they're doing a direct sequel rather than a total new game. TBH I'm slightly disappointed at that, Cyrodiil was unimpressive compared Morrowind. Morrowind felt like it had far more unique locations.
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    abrarey , November 23, 2010 11:53 PM
    Not buying any more games from Bethesda, even that I love Fallout series. But that engine is full of bugs
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    NuclearShadow , November 24, 2010 12:07 AM
    The combat in Oblivion without mods was just awful in my opinion. Especially the level scaling aspect of it. This is what I hope they fix the most.
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    theshonen8899 , November 24, 2010 12:08 AM
    LIKE! SUPER LIKE!
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    iam2thecrowe , November 24, 2010 12:14 AM
    even with the level scaling, it was still a good game, although i did not enjoy it as much as morrowind. I just want to know WHEN! WHEN CAN I BUY IT! I will upgrade my machine for the sole purpose of playing this game! It would be good if it was designed to run on pc first, then stripped down ported to consoles rather than the other way round.
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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , November 24, 2010 12:28 AM
    Makes me wanna go back and play TES IV: oblivion. I logged 200+hours in that game doing side quests and dlc sidequests but never went back to clear the main storyline. I liked my summoner class because I called her panzi and just made my summons do all the work while i hid with invisibility/cloak LOL.

    The one thing I hope they bring into TES V that TES IV had was the little colllectible in-game book series that you could collect and read. There were so many sets of books you could find and collect just to get a bit of history on cyrodil and in some instances morrowwind. The in-game lore stories were a treat to read. I wonder if the previous TES games had that too.

    Oh well guess I gotta add another game(TES V) to the "waiting" list.
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    ecmjr , November 24, 2010 12:39 AM
    That's cool. Hopefully it'll be out for release when I'm done with Oblivion... Yes, I am still casually working on the game. Didn't realize how big Oblivion is of a game.
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    randomizer , November 24, 2010 12:45 AM
    Darth Mullet20 of those 90 employee's are rumored to already be working on the many patches needed to fix the game after it's released.

    I wish they were, Bethesda has a terrible track record of buggy games.
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    Albyint , November 24, 2010 12:48 AM
    It will probably be on the same out and outdated game engine from the last installments as well.
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    Darkv1 , November 24, 2010 1:10 AM
    Hopefully the new game is set in a province other than Cyrodill. Regardless I hope the new game is more like Morrowind than Oblivion...at least as far as the game UI is concerned.
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