Skyrim development done, Bethesda moving on

After three DLC expansions, Bethesda is done with its latest Elder Scrolls adventure, Skyrim.

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After three DLC expansions, Bethesda is done with its latest Elder Scrolls adventure, Skyrim. In a letter posted on the studio's official blog, the company says that it's time to move on to their "next major project," and that it now "requires the studio's full attention to make it our biggest and best work yet."

Although the studio says that it's "moving on," there will be "minor updates" coming to "as needed." The last patch added "Legendary" difficulty to the game. The blog adds that "we've invested so much of ourselves into Skyrim and will never truly say goodbye to it."

"We look forward to sharing our next adventure with you," the note ends. Rumor has it that they are working on a new Fallout game.

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    April 15, 2013 9:45 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Skyrim development done, Bethesda moving on.

    After three DLC expansions, Bethesda is done with its latest Elder Scrolls adventure, Skyrim.

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      April 15, 2013 9:48 AM

      Fallout 4 please.

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        April 15, 2013 10:23 AM

        Yes., please.

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          April 15, 2013 10:48 AM

          Fallout: Texas The Ghost of [fry] Edition

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            April 15, 2013 11:00 AM

            Fallout: Texas would be awesome. Wide open spaces fading to scrub and badlands, rangers, lots of guns, brahmin, and prisons.

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              April 15, 2013 11:39 AM

              I think this would miss the mark as texas is mostly like this anyway.

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            April 15, 2013 11:10 AM

            Fallout: Boston please!

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              April 15, 2013 2:24 PM

              That's the one that is rumored. Possibly dealing with the commonwealth that was referenced in Fallout 3.

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            April 15, 2013 11:37 AM

            Fallout: Detroit

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            April 15, 2013 1:54 PM

            Fallout: Hong Kong or Fallout: Japan. Singapore, possibly.

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              April 15, 2013 1:55 PM

              I meant Tokyo. Not Japan.

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              April 15, 2013 6:16 PM

              Yes, please. I know fallout mostly deals with 50's style American culture and patriotism, but I really want to explore outside the American commonwealths and see the world from a different perspective.

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        April 15, 2013 11:08 AM

        Only if they let Obsidian do the story.

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          April 15, 2013 3:53 PM

          As long as Obsidian gets to do a Fallout game each go around, I can probably live with it. I know which one is the true Fallout.

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      April 15, 2013 9:49 AM

      So they messed up a lot of things in the last patch, including animations that they still haven't fixed, and they are just gonna say they are done? Classy

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        April 15, 2013 9:54 AM

        Maybe you should read the article.

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          April 15, 2013 9:59 AM

          Minor updates coming as needed means no further patches or else they would've had one out already to fix the major, but simple issues, that the last patch introduced. They've had plenty of time to announce something of the sort till they said this, so yeah, no more patches.

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            April 15, 2013 10:02 AM

            A stunning display of logical reasoning, good sir!

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            April 15, 2013 10:48 AM

            Oh, Mr Irrational Thinking, what a pleasure to meet you here! Quite a fine day, isn't it?

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            April 15, 2013 10:08 PM

            i have to agree actually. saying "minor updates as needed" implies to me that they currently dont see a need, and therefore wont be patching it. maybe one more, at most, but id say it's dropped and done with.

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      April 15, 2013 9:56 AM

      Kind of disappointing, there is that HUGE underground dwarven area that literally one quest to collect a different nirnroot. It looked like there was so much time put into making that area, all the various exits that brought you to different parts of the maps via huge elevators, the hidden dragon inside that glowy orb thing, that temple area, etc.

      I would love to know what they were planning for that area before it got scrapped.

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        April 15, 2013 9:58 AM

        according to the wiki it was "approximately 4 square miles in size."

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          April 15, 2013 10:00 AM

          ok two quests, i forgot that's where you get the elder scroll. But still.

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        April 15, 2013 10:03 AM

        Hah, I spent hours just wondering around in there.

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          April 15, 2013 10:09 AM

          What did you wonder, while you were there?

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            April 15, 2013 10:47 AM

            What the fuck he was supposed to be doing there.

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            April 15, 2013 10:48 AM

            He wonders what wonders wandered the wandering rivers. Also, dwarves.

            • rms
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              April 15, 2013 6:31 PM

              Wondering, wondering, if you're wondering too

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        April 15, 2013 10:12 AM

        Yah sucks that area was under-utilized... finding all the nirnroot took forever though.

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          April 15, 2013 10:23 AM

          Don't we have a shacker who worked on it? lplasmatron, since Skyrim is done, can you rely any fly on the wall bits about the production of the game? was there going to be more to Blackreach that got scrapped?

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        April 15, 2013 10:42 AM

        Wasn't it a joy to just traverse without being lead around by quests, though? I loved sneaking around and seeing the little vignettes here and there that just played out for no specific purpose besides being found.

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        April 15, 2013 10:50 AM

        Yeah, a shacker at bethesda built that area I believe

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          April 15, 2013 11:17 AM

          So he ends up forgotten like the level?

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          April 15, 2013 11:29 AM

          that would be unfortunate. if I remember, it was lplasmatron, and he also designed little lamplight in fallout 3. another great-looking area that had very little stuff to do in it.

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            April 15, 2013 11:41 AM

            those kids were the worst!

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            April 15, 2013 11:41 AM

            Yup, both were me. Blackreach was done on the art-side in ~2 weeks, so I'm still pretty happy with it. Do I wish we had more time on the LD/QD side to get more in? Sure. But there's always something you could add to a game like that. :)

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              April 15, 2013 12:05 PM

              It was amazing just to explore that area. Beautifully done. You should get an award or something.

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              April 15, 2013 12:18 PM

              Yea I don't think anyone thats played it will forget that area, it was amazingly well done.

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              April 15, 2013 1:31 PM

              That area was amazing. Kudos to you!

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              April 15, 2013 2:03 PM

              yeah that area was great, one of the most memorable in the game. Excellent job dude

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              April 15, 2013 3:54 PM

              So why would they include that huge area for just those two quests. You'd think it would make more sense to make either more quests or a smaller area.

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                April 15, 2013 4:10 PM

                Why wouldn't exploration be reason enough to go through that area?

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              April 15, 2013 10:03 PM

              I freaking love that Dwarven area. It was a totally old school gaming moment for me, staying up way too late gaming because I was completely drawn in by the area and it was enormous!

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        April 15, 2013 11:41 AM

        Sounds like the perfect place to mod in a quest or 5.

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        April 15, 2013 1:19 PM

        I loved that place. I think I just found it by happenstance too, rather than by a quest. Really makes exploration worthwhile in that game.

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      April 15, 2013 10:14 AM

      Hooray, that means they'll release a GOTY edition and I can finally buy it!

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      April 15, 2013 10:40 AM

      beth is done but the mod community is not

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      April 15, 2013 10:41 AM

      I'm hoping their next big project is one rumored to be set in space. fallout and elder scrolls could both use a rest, although Fallout 4 would be great too

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        April 15, 2013 10:44 AM

        YES! I can totally see a space based sandbox game done by Bethesda as being fucking incredible.

        It wouldn't even need to have any flying, just make it so that you hire a pilot, you buy ships and there can be random encounters as you're going from one planet to another. With their talent/budget/vision this would own on so many levels.

        I...I...would pre-order the collectors if they made such a thing!

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          April 15, 2013 11:33 AM

          if i'm playing a bethesda game in space i want to be controlling my own ship/crew and exploring anywhere i want in the deep dark. could be amazing!

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          April 15, 2013 11:39 AM

          It would require a Z-axis, something they've been afraid of since Morrowind, but I agree it could be awesome, even if it didnt' include planets. You could be a space pirate or a federation boarding team lead or a hologram architect or a weapons engineer or a new encounter ambassador or anything.

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            April 15, 2013 11:43 AM

            the positive technical aspect of using a space setting, is that it's wwould be easier, and easier on the hardware, to populate space than a world like skyrim or fallout. that would balance out with the z-axis challenges i bet.

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          April 15, 2013 12:21 PM

          The Talent Trees will be planets!

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          April 15, 2013 2:37 PM

          Honestly I'd love something like an expanded version of the Graveyard from Dead Space 3. You could do awesome stuff with that sort of environment.

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          April 15, 2013 4:05 PM

          the best part? no animations to screw up!

          i kid. skyrim's animations were much improved

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        April 15, 2013 2:33 PM

        That would be an interesting departure from their usual. I'd give it a try.

    • gmd
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      April 15, 2013 11:40 AM

      fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuü

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        April 15, 2013 11:50 AM

        I know. I was really hoping for one more big dlc pack.

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      April 15, 2013 12:26 PM

      Did they ever implement that one "seasons" mod from a video? Shit, I can't remember but the video was about internal mods the team did for fun.

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      April 15, 2013 1:31 PM

      Now that this tech demo is done we can get to the real deal.

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      April 15, 2013 2:31 PM

      Skyrim GotY Ed! Bring it. Thx!

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      April 15, 2013 3:59 PM

      They better fix the damn lip sync bug they introduced in the 1.9 update.

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      April 15, 2013 4:08 PM

      I would rather have Elder Scrolls 6 than Fallout 4 :(

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        April 15, 2013 4:10 PM

        I'd rather have a new IP than either, but if they make an ES6 or FO4, I won't complain. Love both those series.

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          April 15, 2013 5:07 PM

          I never played any of the Fallout games. I just always seemed to skip them.

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        April 15, 2013 4:12 PM

        I would rather have both, with Bethesda doing TES 6 and Obsidian doing Fallout 4.

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      April 15, 2013 6:32 PM

      This is probably the only time I will exclaim "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" when hearing there won't be more DLC for a game :(

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      April 15, 2013 8:52 PM

      This is a sad thing but its time to move on. Just wish the game was a little more stable when heavily modded.

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        April 15, 2013 9:37 PM

        People can make some pretty bad mods that can entirely ruin your save. Things needed to be more segregated and protected from this kind of save corruption....

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      April 15, 2013 10:34 PM

      Doom RPG ?

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      April 16, 2013 6:22 AM

      GOTY edition, please!!

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      April 16, 2013 6:25 AM

      Here's hoping for fallout 4

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      April 16, 2013 7:37 AM

      Hopefully they'll properly support large resolution. I haven't been able to properly play Skyrim on 3 monitors since the 1.9 patch. It sucks that people have to code in their spare time to fix something that is supported for other games.