Bethesda confirmed today that they were now finished with making brand new downloadable content for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and will be moving on from their most ambitious and successful project so that they can focus on even more ambitious things.
Reportedly, they are now going to divert manpower to the next major game that they’ve been working on. Previously they had people working on both this mysterious new project whilst other teams put together DLC for Skyrim, but now they need to focus all of their attention on the new game.
The entire studio is invested in the production of whatever this next title may be. Considering that Skyrim has been in development since 2006, I’m sure that there are some members of Bethesda who are thankful to be working on a brand new game for now.
We’ve seen new content be periodically released for Skyrim over the past 18 months since it was released, but other than several patches the only DLC content we’ve seen has been Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn. Some players complained that only Dragonborn felt like the expansion sized DLC they were expecting, but that’s not to say that Dawnguard wasn’t well received.
And Hearthfire was quite fun, even if it was a bit of a small content pack. Some players were definitely expecting a larger or longer campaign of DLC, especially after the various different content packs that were released for Skyrim’s predecessor, Oblivion.
Though the company have stopped developing downloadable content for Skyrim, that doesn’t mean that they’re forgetting about it just yet. Whilst they’re still working on their new project, Bethesda will also still be working on patching Skyrim and presumably that means that there’s still a chance that we’ll see more content update patches akin to 1.9 and 1.8. In their post about the end of Skyrim‘s DLC, Bethesda had quite a bit to say about the ‘end’ of Skyrim.
Even though we’re moving on, we’ll still have minor updates to Skyrim as needed. We’ve invested so much of ourselves into Skyrim and will never truly say goodbye to it.
Over the past year and a half we’ve seen a lot more come from Bethesda than just DLC, remember. There’s nine major content patches that added all sorts of new features to the game, such as the new Legendary difficulty and Legendary skills in the recent 1.9 patch.
Not only that but they managed to get the mod tools out to the public, got the Steam Workshop integrated so that PC users can add mods freely, added Kinect support and much more. Whilst some people might complain about the lack of expansion-sized DLC, perhaps we need to take a step back and realise just how much bigger Skyrim is now than when it began.
Now that Skyrim has functionally come to an end, we’ve still got more to look forward to. Whatever it is that Bethesda are working on, they’re keeping a tight lip on things so there’s always a chance that it’s the next game in The Elder Scrolls series (I do hope that it’s a look into the Summerset Isles).
Considering that Bethesda’s parent company have people working on The Elder Scrolls Online, perhaps Bethesda are going to be working on something to accompany that? Whatever it is, it can only be good!