We won’t see any more remasters of the Elder Scrolls games, Bethesda has confirmed.
Ever since Skyrim got its spruced-up Special Edition, fans have hoped that the older games—Morrowind and Oblivion especially—could get an appearance upgrade (especially given some of the terrifying NPC faces Oblivion produced). Sadly, Bethesda vice president Pete Hines has said that more remasters aren’t part of the plan.
“Skyrim [Special Edition] was more about the work that Bethesda Game Studios had done in the early days of getting ready for Fallout 4 on this generation of consoles—moving the Skyrim engine and doing some work to run it on this generation of consoles just to see how it worked, and so forth, before they started doing all their Fallout stuff,” Hines explained in an interview with Official Xbox Magazine UK (via GamesRadar). “It’s the most recent thing they did.
“Plus the mod support on consoles that we did for Fallout 4—being able to bring that to Skyrim seemed like a pretty cool idea. But these things take time, it takes effort and manpower. Generally speaking, our approach has usually been that instead of spending all this time on a thing we’ve already made, why don’t we instead spend that effort on something new, or on the next version of that thing?”
This “next version” sounds promising for Bethesda’s progress on the next Elder Scrolls game. Don’t expect to that game to be out anytime soon, though. As of E3 2016, The Elder Scrolls VI was still a “very long way off.”