Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard knows that the number of different versions of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of those running jokes among the gaming community. Heck, the developer even poked fun at itself during E3 2018 with Skyrim for Alexa and then doubled-down on the joke by actually releasing that version of the game.
But have you ever stopped to wonder why Bethesda releases so many versions of Skyrim? It’s because people buy them, and a ton of people are still playing them, according to Howard.
That’s right: millions of players are still playing Skyrim, which was, we remind you, released in 2011.
Howard goes on to explain, “That’s why we keep releasing it. If you want us to stop releasing it, stop buying it.”
The amount of people still playing Skyrim could have something to do why The Elder Scrolls VI was just announced at E3 2018 and still has a long ways to go in development, considering it’s still in pre-production. Why make a new Elder Scrolls when millions of people are still buying and playing the old Elder Scrolls?
Still, it’s not like Bethesda has been doing nothing between Skryim and The Elder Scrolls VI. There was Fallout 4, of course, and now we know that Bethesda has been hard at work on Fallout 76 and the long-rumored Starfield, which it also announced at E3 2018.
Bethesda’s next game, Fallout 76, launches November 14th for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.