There’s still no official confirmation of a new Elder Scrolls game being made – what with Bethesda concentrating on Skyrim HD and The Elder Scrolls: Legends this year – but you can at least be sure that we’ll get one before we get more remasters.
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Skyrim HD might be coming, but Bethesda aren’t interested in heading backwards further in time to pretty up the old Elder Scrolls games, since the work would be comparable to making an entirely new game.
In an interview with Finder, Pete Hines, VP of marketing for Bethesda, was asked if we would eventually see HD versions of Morrowind and Oblivion made.
“An Oblivion remaster is an interesting idea, but it is ten-year-old game,” Hines answers, “and Morrowind is 14. With Oblivion, you are talking about several engines ago. So 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.”