Bethesda announced an HD remaster of Skyrim and an Elder Scrolls Legends card game at E3, but people were still hoping the company would have another Elder Scrolls announcement at QuakeCon this past weekend. Their hopes were dashed to the ground, but Bethesda VP Pete Hines did drop a few hints in an interview at the show about the future of Elder Scrolls games.
He acknowledges that with the Skyrim: Special Edition, many fans have asked about a possible Morrowind HD or Oblivion HD, but the company will most likely go forward with Elder Scrolls VI first.
An Oblivion remaster is an interesting idea, but it is ten-year-old game. And Morrowind is 14. The leap we had to make and the work we had to do with getting Skyrim remade was much more obtainable and a much clearer path. With Oblivion, you are talking about several engines ago. So if gamers were like, “why didn’t you do Oblivion HD instead of Skyrim HD,” it wasn’t like those two processes were exactly the same. Oblivion HD would be a significantly larger undertaking to get to work and Morrowind… geez… that’s even worse. So the question becomes, “should we work on a Morrowind or Oblivion remaster, or should we work on Elder Scrolls VI.” Because that is the volume of work we are talking about. So we try not to spend too much time on remasters: the only other one I think we have done is Dishonored, which was a new IP that came out in the last year of a generation. So it was not a hard path to walk to bring that over to current-gen. For everything else, we have to ask “do we want to take time and resources, and spend money, on something that is already out to bring it to a new platform, or do we want to forge ahead with new stuff?” And in most cases, the answer is that we want to forge ahead with new stuff.
Which would you prefer: an HD remaster of either Morrowind or Oblivion or a new Elder Scrolls game entirely? One that isn’t a card game, naturally.