Bethesda Game Studios are finally done developing add-on content for Skyrim, and from here on out will focus entirely on an ambiguous new project, one that could perhaps be the next entry in the Elder Scrolls or Fallout franchises.
In an official blog post, the team gave a sentimental statement wherein they showed their appreciation for their fans’ continued love and support of the their work. However, arguably most interesting was the mention of a new focus for the developer, a “major new project” that would be their “biggest and best work yet”:
For the last year and a half we’ve been working on new content for Skyrim… 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.
Even though we’re moving on, we’ll still have minor updates to Skyrim as needed. We’ve invested so much of ourselves into Skyrim and will never truly say goodbye to it.
Bethesda Vice President Pete Hines later sent out a tweet, confirming the notion that no more Skyrim content would be developed:
What exactly this ‘new project’ is will be left to speculation. Another entry in the Elder Scrolls series is an easy first guess, but it could also be another Fallout game, or perhaps an entirely new IP altogether. Just know that’s it ‘major’, as should be pretty obvious due to requiring the entire team’s efforts, and that a next-gen release seems likely at this point.
Of course, this also means that previously rumored add-ons for Skyrim, such as the Redguard expansion, will never happen. Take that as you will.
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