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Bethesda teases "really awesome" project from Elder Scrolls team, "100% unrelated" to MMO

"Expect it never and be surprised if it's any time before then"

Bethesda's Pete Hines has told OXM that game director Todd Howard and his Skyrim team are already working on a new single player RPG - but it's a way off yet.

Hines, vice president at Bethesda Softworks, was answering our questions about Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox One - screenshots here - when we asked if work on it would hold up the next single player RPG (which, yes, we are hurting for pretty bad).


"Zenimax Online Studio is an MMO shop," said Hines. "They're making an Elder Scrolls MMO and that is 100 per cent unrelated to... Todd Howard, at this point, has earned the right to do what the hell he wants; nobody gets to tell him different and nobody gets to dictate to him what he gets to do.

"You're laughing because you know it's true," he continued. "Do you think that even I would go to Todd and say 'listen, I know you want to do this, but these other guys...?' He gets to do whatever he wants. Him and his team are moving forward with the stuff that they want to work on and where they want to go next in making games."

Hines also advised caution, despite his optimism about the project. "I get to see it and it's already really awesome, but it's probably helpful to note that anyone who thinks that what he's working on next is going to be talked about soon doesn't understand game development.

"They just announced that they're moving the whole team onto something else. Give these guys time and space, expect it never and be surprised if it's any time before then."

"Arkane, id and all of these guys, they work on really big projects that are ambitious, and it just takes them awhile to get to speed. You know how we are; we like to show what we're up to, not just put something up and there's no substance to it. It's going to be a while."

So Fallout and Skyrim fans, don't hold your breath. Or, if you do, let it out gently, rather than in a Fus Rah Doh. Food for thought: Hines told OXM earlier this year that asynchronous and "shared" gaming could suit a single player Elder Scrolls title.