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Bethesda will probably never remaster Morrowind, so stop asking


 

Sure, Bethesda might have released a gazillion different versions of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, including a remaster but that doesn’t mean it wants to do the same with its older games, specifically Morrowind.

That’s according to Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard, who recently told the Guardian (via VG 24/7) that Elder Scrolls III is perfectly fine as it is, thank you very much.

“I’m happy that you can play Morrowind now on an Xbox One, as it’s backwards compatible,” Howard said. “I’m really happy that Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and others are making it easier for people to play [older games] as they were played at the time. I actually prefer that over remasters. I’d rather you play Morrowind the way it was… I think the age is part of its identity,” adding that his “personal preference is not to remaster it.”

Same goes for the first Fallout, which was developed and published by Interplay before Bethesda acquired the rights, so don’t even ask.

“We [also] get asked a lot to remaster [1997’s] Fallout 1, and I usually say, if you have a PC you can play Fallout the way it was,” Howard said, possibly in his best old man voice. “I think that’s how it should be.”

Howard’s approach might be the most admirable from the perspective of an artist or a historian, but the sweet, sweet Siren’s song of cold hard cash begs to differ, especially when a remaster of the Crash Bandicoot games can make so much bank. Just imagine how much dough Morrowind Remastered would rake in. We’re not condoning a cynical cash grab, just predicting it as an inevitability.

Hopefully, Bethesda’s upcoming titles—Fallout 76Starfield, and Elder Scrolls IV—will do enough of the financial heavy lifting that Morrowind can remain undisturbed in its retirement home rocking chair where it deserves a well-earned rest.

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Bethesda will probably never remaster Morrowind, so stop asking

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is perfectly fine as it is, thank you very much.

By Michael Goroff | 07/20/2018 12:00 PM PT

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Sure, Bethesda might have released a gazillion different versions of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, including a remaster but that doesn’t mean it wants to do the same with its older games, specifically Morrowind.

That’s according to Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard, who recently told the Guardian (via VG 24/7) that Elder Scrolls III is perfectly fine as it is, thank you very much.

“I’m happy that you can play Morrowind now on an Xbox One, as it’s backwards compatible,” Howard said. “I’m really happy that Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and others are making it easier for people to play [older games] as they were played at the time. I actually prefer that over remasters. I’d rather you play Morrowind the way it was… I think the age is part of its identity,” adding that his “personal preference is not to remaster it.”

Same goes for the first Fallout, which was developed and published by Interplay before Bethesda acquired the rights, so don’t even ask.

“We [also] get asked a lot to remaster [1997’s] Fallout 1, and I usually say, if you have a PC you can play Fallout the way it was,” Howard said, possibly in his best old man voice. “I think that’s how it should be.”

Howard’s approach might be the most admirable from the perspective of an artist or a historian, but the sweet, sweet Siren’s song of cold hard cash begs to differ, especially when a remaster of the Crash Bandicoot games can make so much bank. Just imagine how much dough Morrowind Remastered would rake in. We’re not condoning a cynical cash grab, just predicting it as an inevitability.

Hopefully, Bethesda’s upcoming titles—Fallout 76Starfield, and Elder Scrolls IV—will do enough of the financial heavy lifting that Morrowind can remain undisturbed in its retirement home rocking chair where it deserves a well-earned rest.

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Michael Goroff has been gaming for almost three decades. He's a lover of all games and systems, but he mostly plays Xbox. That being said, if he's a fanboy, he's a fanboy for the game industry as a whole. Spit white-hot fanboy hate at him, trash talk his Gold II rank on Rocket League, or maybe just send him a cordial hello on Twitter @gogogoroff.