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Skyrim Done, Dev Team Moving On To Next Project

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Save for minor updates, Skyrim development is done.

On Monday morning Bethesda updated its blog to announce that continued content development of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has concluded.

The team first began working on the popular RPG in 2006, and over the last year and a half since the game went retail, they've pumped out new post-release content like Dawnguard, Hearthfire, Dragonborn, the Creation Kit, Kinect support and more. Now new Skyrim releases will be limited to minor updates.

"For the last year and a half we’ve been working on new content for Skyrim," the company said. "Parts of our team have also been in pre-production on our next major project, and that game is at the point where it requires the studio’s full attention to make it our biggest and best work yet."

The blog update follows a spotting of The Elder Scrolls: Arena in Australia's Classification Database. The first in the Elder Scrolls series, Arena originally made its debut as a DOS-based title back in 1994, but just reappeared in the database with an "M" rating on April 9. There's speculation that it's either a reboot, or just an HD remake so that it can be properly played in a Windows environment.

That said, whether a new Elder Scrolls game is on the team's agenda or not is unknown at this point. Some may be ready for a change of scenery after serving on the same project for seven years. For others, it may be hard to let go.

"We’ve invested so much of ourselves into Skyrim and will never truly say goodbye to it," the company added. "Skyrim has been a labor of love for us since we started designing it in 2006. We never imagined it would become the phenomenon it has. And that is because of you, the fans. It was all of you who made it a success. We can’t thank you enough for embracing the game, spreading the word, and making it your own."

Recently Bethesda's Pete Hines hinted to what the team may be working on now, saying that in 2012 Bethesda will be making "considerably more noise" than last year.

"I think we're continuing to do the stuff that we get excited about, and people will get really excited about when they hear what we're up to, which is continuing to push the boundaries, reinvent - find really smart, passionate teams who know what they're doing and have an idea that they really want to do and do well. So who that is, and what they're doing, is to TBD," he said.

Tease.



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    amoralman , April 15, 2013 8:25 PM
    Cool! Can't wait to grab myself a copy of Skyrim complete/gold/goty at 19$ !!!
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    jdw_swb , April 15, 2013 9:03 PM
    Fallout 4 please.
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    manshiny , April 15, 2013 8:15 PM
    That's a shame, I was really hoping to see them put out a couple more "expansions". Oh well, more reason to use Skyrim Nexus now.
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    manshiny , April 15, 2013 8:15 PM
    That's a shame, I was really hoping to see them put out a couple more "expansions". Oh well, more reason to use Skyrim Nexus now.
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    boju , April 15, 2013 8:15 PM
    Fallout 4!
  • 16 Hide
    amoralman , April 15, 2013 8:25 PM
    Cool! Can't wait to grab myself a copy of Skyrim complete/gold/goty at 19$ !!!
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    sundragon , April 15, 2013 8:26 PM
    Skyrim was a lot of fun, I hope Bethesda's next thing doesn't take 5 years to develop. I lament, it was too long a wait from Oblivion to Skyrim.
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    jdw_swb , April 15, 2013 9:03 PM
    Fallout 4 please.
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    shikamaru31789 , April 15, 2013 9:07 PM
    They've had a game in preproduction since 2010 which is almost certainly Fallout 4. Bethesda has only worked on 2 IP's in recent years, and Bethesda has said in the past that they didn't buy the Fallout license just so they could make one game and forget about it. They could be working on a new IP or the next TES, but it's doubtful. We have tweets from ThreeDog voice actor Erik Todd Dellums saying that ThreeDog may be returning soon. We've got Inon Zur, the composer of Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas, hinting back at PAX that his next game will be announced on May 15, which also happens to be a week before the rumored date of the Next Xbox unveil (Microsoft bought the timed DLC exclusivity rights for Skyrim and may do so for Fallout 4 as well, and they'd likely show it off at their unveiling in that case, since Sony showed off multiplatform games they had DLC exclusivity rights to at the PS4 unveiling).

    Personally, I'm glad they're moving on to their next game. I liked Skyrim, but I like Fallout even more and I'm so ready for Fallout 4 after replaying Fallout 3 recently.
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    jankeke , April 15, 2013 10:28 PM
    I REALLY hope they make a proper interface for the next games and not simply use the console interface which is soooooooooooooooooooooooooo annoying on a PC.
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    jerm1027 , April 15, 2013 11:09 PM
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    I REALLY hope they make a proper interface for the next games and not simply use the console interface which is soooooooooooooooooooooooooo annoying on a PC.


    There's a mod for that. Called SkyUI. It's pretty awesome.
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    Icecweam7 , April 15, 2013 11:38 PM
    Bethesda is now passing the torch and handing it to the sole possession of the fans. Steam and Nexus is where Skyrim will continue to thrive as did the Elder Scrolls 4 for so long. In my humble opinion Fallout 4 seems the logical choice to follow-up after Skyrim if they repeat the same routine as in the Elder Scrolls 4, Fallout 3, Elder Scrolls 5, Fallout 4.... Most of the team would be working on the next project while some would be working on Elder Scrolls 6 if the pattern is repeated again: ES 3 completed, 1 month vacation, worked on ES4 for about 5 years, rinse and repeat. In the meantime I'll be occupied with Defiance and looking forward to the Elder Scrolls Online playing with my friends. Probably no Fus Roh Dah in that game, but you can bet you can still take an arrow to the knee! =P
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    Tuishimi , April 15, 2013 11:46 PM
    I am with JDW and Shikamaru... FALLOUT 4! :) 
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    unksol , April 16, 2013 12:09 AM
    I was holding off because I literally have a backlog of steam sale games and was expecting 5+ DLC as in the past, and like all of the scam"season pass" crap going on recently. It quickly becomes apparent once you are an adult the great single player games(that actually take more than a 5 hour xbox campaign) can be had at a bargain when you have time.

    But I am still excited to play, i like they are honest they are done so a GOTY can happen, and honestly mods can easily make up the lack of extra DLC content. I don't like DLC anyway, unless it is developed later and discounted like part of the game...

    DLC side note ( WHAT IS WITH biowares dragon age and mass effect DLC that costs 4 times more than the game, and rediculos "bioware" points? That NEVER go on saIe for PC but do on consoles. I used to appreciate bioware. But since they turned kotor 3 into a failed MMO of teabaggers (why do i want to see some 12 year old ruin my hero experience 24/7. And pay monthly for it....)

    EA's evil FTP claws? )

    Eagerly awaiting Fallout 4 as well.... But after how much better new Vegas was and the way obsidian was screwed/raped (bad rap for insane limited development time, forced release, and refused development bonus because of it for an AWESOME game). Less than optimistic Bethesda can do it justice.
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    greghome , April 16, 2013 2:22 AM
    Fallout 4 NOW!!!!!!
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    Soda-88 , April 16, 2013 3:54 AM
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    Look at all those people not working on HL3 since 2006 (sarcasm :)  )

    Time to rise and shine, Mr. Freeman. Rise and shine.


    I'd really like to know how did you figure Bethesda has anything to do with HL series.
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    bender3000 , April 16, 2013 4:48 AM
    I just hope "the biggest and best work yet" isn't Elder Scrolls Online.
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    g00fysmiley , April 16, 2013 5:09 AM
    I am pretty anti DLC bu glad to see it is out, now i can wait till there is a all in one pack to buy including all dlc for pc to try playing the game people have been talking about for years... yea i might be frugle but when game companies used to not do dlc and rarely did expantions and instead just made patches and content addition patches i was willing to pay full price, now i get an incomplete game with dlc out the first day the game arrives... ie they purposly leave things out with the idea of makign you pa to unlock things that should be in the game to begin with /soapbox
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    Non-Euclidean , April 16, 2013 6:14 AM
    Get cracking on Fallout V guys!
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    yobobjm , April 16, 2013 6:16 AM
    Fallout 4 needs to happen, if they incorporate the cool faction reputation system with a better plot and location, then it shall be great.
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    Non-Euclidean , April 16, 2013 6:16 AM
    Get cracking on Fallout V guys! (I was thinking of Fallout: New Vegas as Fallout IV)
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    chicofehr , April 16, 2013 6:44 AM
    I am guessing this means no 2.0 update. A full digit update would have to be big to justify that. The creation kit will keep it coming. Too bad there aren't some large mod groups on nexus. Mostly individuals that can't make new dlc by themselves as the creation kit is capable of it.
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    SuperGamerBoy , April 16, 2013 7:03 AM
    They should have finished Skyrim with 1 final dlc. No need to be big as dragonborn but something along the lines of dawnguard. Good thing they lifted the level cap though.
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