Bethesda Explains Why Skyrim is Being Remastered Instead of Oblivion

Bethesda’s Pete Hines has explained why the decided to go with the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Remaster instead of Oblivion which is equally popular.

Skyrim Remaster

In an interview with GameSpot; Hines said that despite all the love towards Oblivion, the time and effort required in order to remaster it would be enormous and those efforts would be better served in order to create a new game:

Oblivion is 10 years old, so the amount of work for that engine and that tech to bring it and remaster it and do all the things we wanted to do was significant. It’s not impossible, but it was mountainous. It was either like, go make an entire new game or do Skyrim.

In addition to this, Hines also spoke about the studio’s decision to remaster the game. According to Hines, the studio had already ported The Elder Scrolls V on Xbox One as a technical exercise. Combining this with the massive fanbase that the game boasts, it made sense to remaster the game.

Speaking about the mod support that The Elder Scrolls V: Special Edition will include, Hines said that it will essentially work in the same way as Fallout 4’s Creation Kit. PC gamers who already own a copy of the game along with its DLCs will get the Special Edition for absolutely free with the new Creation Kit bundled alongside it.

Since my Skyrim on PC with mods already looks way better than what was shown during Bethesda’s E3 2016 media briefing, I would have loved Oblivion remaster, but this is what we have for now.

The Elder Scrolls V: Special Edition is scheduled to release on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Oct. 28, 2016.

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