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Bethesda on Why The Elder Scrolls VI is “a While” Away

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Bethesda Softworks’s Pete Hines has explained why The Elder Scrolls VI is not currently a priority for series developer Bethesda Game Studios.

Speaking to GameSpot during E3, Hines reiterated that the development team has another two major games currently in production that will release before a new entry in The Elder Scrolls series, and mentioned that those titles may inform new ideas present in that project. “Once you see how the next two titles come out and then how Elder Scrolls VI ties into what those games are doing and about, I think it’ll all make sense,” said Hines.

He also mentioned that the studio had earned the right to creative freedom, given the high quality and widespread critical acclaim of the team’s previous work, which also includes the Fallout series. However, the team also wanted to branch out and try new things to avoid falling into a rut.

Hines explained, “they didn’t want to be the developer that was just Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Fallout for the rest of their development careers . . . They wanted to be able to self-determine things they worked on next, whether it was existing stuff whether it was new IP.”

With at least two entirely-new projects coming before The Elder Scrolls VI, the title is likely quite a way from release, with the developer’s previous release schedule suggesting that the game may not launch before 2020 at the earliest. OnlySP examined the interaction between structure and agency in the previous game in the series, Skyrim, earlier this year.

At E3 2017, the publisher announced sequels to The Evil Within and Wolfenstein: The New Order, as well as a standalone expansion for Dishonored 2.

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Report: Game of Thrones Creator Collaborating With FromSoftware

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The writer of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series behind the popular television show Game of Thrones, has reportedly been consulting on a FromSoftware title.

In a blog post on his official website, George R. R. Martin stated that he has “consulted on a video game out of Japan.”

Gematsu has reported that a contact familiar with FromSoftware—the Japanese development studio known for Dark SoulsBloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice—has shared that Martin is working with the studio on a project known internally as “GR.”

According to Gematsu‘s contact, the project, which has been in development for three years, is an open-world game and will feature horse riding. The player will be able to visit several kingdoms and obtain ability by killing their leaders. Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of some of FromSoftware’s most acclaimed titles, is reportedly working on the game.

Gematsu reports that the title will be officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 press conference later this year.

YouTube channel Spawn Wave reported in March about a rumour regarding a potential collaboration between Martin and FromSoftware, so this recent report gives even more validity to the speculation. However, without any official word, the news should be taken with a grain of salt.

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