Moving to our next adventure

Skyrim has been a labor of love for us since we started designing it in 2006. We never imagined it would become the phenomenon it has. And that is because of you, the fans. It was all of you who made it a success. We can’t thank you enough for embracing the game, spreading the word, and making it your own.

For the last year and a half we’ve been working on new content for Skyrim; from the game updates, Creation Kit, Steam Workshop, Kinect support, to DLCs. Parts of our team have also been in pre-production on our next major project, and that game is at the point where it requires the studio’s full attention to make it our biggest and best work yet.

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.

We loved hearing your stories, your in-game triumphs, and your suggestions. One thing stuck out to us through those emails, letters, and postings. And that is – video games matter. They’re as important to you as they are to us. It’s not just about entertainment, it’s about your time. And you chose to spend it with our game.

Thank you again for all your support. We hope you stay engaged in the gaming community here and elsewhere. Keep spreading the word. Games are the world’s best entertainment because they can do what other forms cannot – fill you with the wonder of exploration and the pride of accomplishment. We look forward to sharing our next adventure with you.

Until next time,

Bethesda Game Studios

Reader Comments

  1. It’s frustrating because a lot of players like me were expecting more DLCs. But i can’t complain, all your support has been wonderful and if your next big thing requires full attention of the team, well, we just have to accept. But I hope you fulfill your promises to continue making small updates to Skyrim. Thank you bethesda!

  2. If it’s not The Elder Scrolls VI I will begin to role into a venerable position and cry myself to sleep until I see it announced.

  3. Sad to hear it Bethesda, I was really hoping for more new Skyrim content. But, the ones released so far have all been good fun and I still have a few more Skyrim adventures ahead of me before I’m ready to move on.

    A big “Thank you!” to the entire team for the many hundred hours of enjoyment. I look forward to seeing what you’ll create for us next!

  4. Kudos I say, so many black & white comments on this forum. I don’t remember Bethesda ever leaking anything about Redguard DLC. That was everyone else as a rumour. I’m happy they’re moving on, Skyrim may have it’s faults but imperfection makes a game intriguing and hopefully in 4-6 years I can set foot in Tamriel again as a fresh new traveler. But right now… I sort of want to explore some post-apocolyptic wastelands with a pair of rockin’ shades on!

  5. This is very disappointing,
    #1. After Dragonborn there is still so many more questions. Thalmar? New High King? These could easily be made into DLC/add-ons
    #2 Oblivion had Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles, also about 7 other minor add-ons. So why cut short with Skyrim?
    #3 Patch 1.9 really didn’t fix a whole lot. There is still a number of issues that would be nice to be fixed, example it would be nice to be able to upgrade horned scaled armor. How about upgrading silver weapons? Craft certain weapons and armors that should be allowed. How about followers equipping better bows you give them?
    #4 A shout out to the PC modders who obviously work harder than Bethesda with modding and patching and get no credit from Bethesda. Maybe Besthesda should consider some of the work the modders made and sell it as DLC/add-ons
    #5 If this “adventure” is to push all resources to help with ESO, it’s a stupid decision. ESO will be another WOW end of story. If all the resources for Elder Scrolls are pulled towards that it will be the downfall of a great storyline and gaming community (elder scrolls) Look what happened when Lucasarts took so much freaking times, money and resources toward The Old Republic, so much put in for so little gained. And now Lucasarts is being shut down….. Think about it…
    #6 Don’t get me wrong Skyrim was a amazing game content wise and Lore wise. I became a Elder Scrolls lover and fan since I first played Oblivion. I don’t say that I’m a fan of Skyrim I say I’m a fan of Elder Scrolls. I feel that if certain things arnt handled are fixed within Skyrim before marking it off it will put a bad name on Bethesda. I understand needing to move on from Skyrim but at least do it right.

    ~ A huge fan a lover of Elder Scrolls, Andrew

    • I agree, I have an off feeling that ESO is going to disappoint. I’m honestly hoping with every fiber of my being it won’t be, that it’ll be the great game O’ the gods we’ve all been waiting for, but I have my doubts. I have that feeling ESO is going to flop. From what I understand ESO is nothing like any other Elder scrolls game, other than it uses the same lore.

    • Yeah, maybe if you watch the video that’s already almost a year old. Then again, maybe I should think twice before I try to convince an idiot to play an online game with me.

  6. As an owner of the PS3 version, I can inform you that the game is not ‘done’. This is the single most disappointing game I’ve ever had the misfortune to own. 20+ hours of a steadily degrading performance, followed by hitting the point of unplayability.

    No apology from Bethesda, and no refunds issued for what is a genuinely unacceptable product. But hey, at least they offered to let people *buy* a PC replacement.

    Not buying a product from you guys again, disgusted.

    • I’m also a Ps3 user, and i’ve never had a problem with it, Your Playstation is broken, Buy a new one and shut the F**k up.

  7. curses! what was the point in joining the stormcloaks or empire if i don’t get to see what happens to skyrim now? darn you bethesda, darn you.

  8. I truly do hope the other promised improvements, yet still not implemented, wil be added to the game with the GOTY release of Skyrim:

    * Flow Based Water Shader

    * Seasonal Foliage

    With regards,

    dutch666 ;-)

  9. Yeah we thank you for giving us your money stupid fans, we can now use that money to make a different game, LoL you morons… see you at Fallout3! we promise lots of content like we did on Skyrim!

    Thank God i am not a Fallout fan, i am getting slapped in the face with that title… i will just wait for next TES.

    And please Bethesda, you got to stop showing stuff YOU DO NOT INTEND on putting in the game… JUST STOP DOING THAT.

  10. I’ve lost faith in Bethesda since Fallout 3…when they promised to fix that game…but never did. Then they released New Vegas…more glitches and bugs that never got fixed. Then Skyrim, with backwards flying dragons and characters with no heads.

    Bethesda…releasing glitch-filled games ever since I can remember.

    So I really don’t care what Bethesda does next…cause no matter what it is…it’s gonna be filled with bugs/glitches that never get fixed…and should be ashamed of themselves for allowing games like that to even hit the store shelves.

  11. Despite all it’s flaws Skyrim is still an incredible, highly entertaining game, so thank you for all of your hard work. But for your next game, please oh please do something about the animation, either hire a more talented animator or if the problem is in the engine then for god sake please do something about it.

    All the hype with the CE when Skyrim was almost released got my hope so freaking high just to get crushed after just playing the game for like 5 minutes. Seriously, it’s just like Morrowind all over again, the improvement seems minimal. I wish i could see a Bethesda game with Assasin’s Creed level of animation before i die. That would be fantastic!

    (Oh and also please do something with the ugly water too. I’m one of the few people who are very excited when i saw the flow-based water shader thing in the game jam video, really disappointed that it never get implemented in Skyrim.)

  12. Actually quite angry to find that Bethesda Game Studios have announced no more Skyrim DLC’s. Kinda feels like they’re just abandoning the story. I mean with The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion the Hero of Kavatch’s story ended when he became a Deadric Lord, but in Skyrim were left with no High King, no conclusion to the war on the Aldmeri Dominion, and no conclusion to the Dragonborn’s story. Cop out much…

    ‘So with Skyrim’s future in a state of flux and war just on the horizon, the Dragonborn decided he just couldn’t face it anymore and opened a market stall selling shovels in Solstheim, you know… coz of all the ash’.

    ‘The End’

  13. I am a little disappointed in this:

    Dragonborn – Was the only decent DLC made

    Dawnguard – Was pretty terrible in fairness. Got boring on the first playthrough

    I could have sworn something was said about more DLC being made available. Or was this just wild speculation again? In truth, this game was as short as Oblivion, and much shorter than Morrowind.

  14. My final Bethesda´s game! bug fest! a insult! labor of love? please… the official cd audiotrack has bug (the imperial throne), the game still with bugs and now this?!

    A lot of money to buy the special pack, with the map, the dragon figure, then, one year without a solid game! LIARS!

    • well i thougt there will be more dlc but apperently not that is pretty disepointing. if you ask me you only released 2 i cant count hearthfire a dlc. but for sugestions hold the home building idea for the next game, and i enjoyed skyrim bus i just missed the great amount of uniqe items whe had at morrowind and oblivion. and i hope the next elder scrolls would take place in black marsh or valenwood

  15. Shield yourself with mods, of course… to have more headaches inside the Steam, with modders starting to give up to try fixing things. yes! go to Quakecon to support this mafia.

  16. Well, I’ve really enjoyed playing Skyrim, and I will continue to do so for a long time (I still play Oblivion, as many do). I’m glad I invested in a decent gaming PC, as I can also enjoy mods for years to come, as well as creating them myself. Stop complaining people: how do you think fans of the older games felt when told they would get no more content? Probably very similar to how you feel, but look at what we ended up with: in my opinion, the most incredibly huge, content filled, beautiful, interesting and exciting game ever made. It’s nowhere near goodbye to Skyrim for me, and I can’t wait to see what BethSoft has in store for us next! :D

  17. Noooooooooo. Its like ending a great show halfway through a season. There is still so much content left to be shown, so many unresolved issues. I can’t begin to describe how utterly disappointed I am.

  18. what the heck you originally said there would be several dlc’s like with Fo3 and now you are going back on your word? Im wondering whether or not I should buy your next big title or not because I don’t want to get all hyped up for a new game only to be let down like this.

  19. Well, all good things come to an end eventually, it’s just sad when it does. Thanks for all you’ve done for us gamers with Skyrim, I know it’ll be one of the games I’ll never part with & will always pick up again from time to time to go adventuring.

  20. Beth you said a few minor patches is all You will be doing in future. What i want to know is will the dlc’s ever be patched, Will people be aloud to marry serana. you still have never commented on these and i think people would like an answer. And speaking of serana patch 1.9 has left serana with more problems now than what she had before. So if can address these issues then i will be happy. P.S you did promise 2 dlc

  21. I’m a little bit disappointed that there will be no more DLC, however it’s not too big of a deal for me. Thank you Bethesda, for bringing us one of the greatest games ever made and played, a game that I have put so many hours into it’s probably my most played game of all time. A game that I will keep playing for some several other hundreds of hours, at least. Skyrim is probably the most fun I’ve had in video games since I started playing Oblivion, and I will still have a ton of fun while playing more Skyrim.

    Thank you, Bethesda.

  22. So sad!!!TES is my favorite and I am definitively expecting more DLC!!!!I just can image this come to the end………TT

  23. I was on the verge of buying the game and supporting Bethesda.

    Because you guys promised to make several DLCs, how-ever we only got Dawnguard and Dragonborn.

    There are so many quests open and left, it’s not even funny anymore.

    So I decided not to buy the game, and not support a company that gives up early.

    Cya

  24. I need me an Elder Scrolls VI. Fallout can wait, cause it’s about to get wild in the Elders Scrolls universe. I mean we’re looking at a second Great War here, people, and I need to experience that.

  25. One feature that I really think should come in a patch is to be able to adjust the timescale for consoles. It hurts immersion for me when I leave my house to go adventuring at 8 AM and it reaches noon in ten minutes. Maybe add this into settings and let players adjust it to what they want. Then I can make time in game move at least a little more realistically.
    On another note, I am disappointed that they are already done with Skyrim, it feels like it needs more. Hopefully this game they speak of is the next TES because I’m not going to buy any other game Bethesda makes after the whole ps3 DLC problem. Hopefully the next game makes some SERIOUS improvements as well. All the bugs and problems Skyrim has gone through is unprofessional and unacceptable. Despite this though, Skyrim is still a fun game and is entertaining enough for me to buy future TES games despite all that has gone wrong. I have faith that the next one will be even better. The people at Bethesda do have talent and I believe that.

  26. Common guys at bethesda. According to Mr Hines you are not teasing a new fallout game. Please tell me this teaser is from id or bethesda online because my sanity cannot take another five years for another betheda fallout game ;((

  27. This game gave me all i wanted for an Elder Scrolls Title. Having first picked up IV Oblivion in Freshmen year of High School, i became hooked on the series. Around the time i was a freshman in College, i was excited to hear the next game was coming. I have started playing it on opening day. My brother bought it on Xbox 360 while i bought it on PS3, so we wouldn’t have to share. When i eventually built a gaming rig that could handle Skyrim, i purchased it yet again and i can say it was still worth it. Team Bethesda, you have my support and please keep up the good work!!!

    Sincerely,
    Adoring Fan

  28. If you are moving onto TESVI (I wouldn’t say no to fallout 4) I would suggest looking at the magic system and expanding out of combat magic and also speech. Skyrim focused everything on combat, and speech didn’t even matter. Magic was just another weapon. With such a cool AI system in place, it would be great to see more interactions with it.

  29. I don’t like how they left the war story unfinished. I was really hoping for dlc to complete that story line. As of now there are a bunch of npc’s in the basement of solitude and the thalmar are still in understone keep….WITH THE STORMCLOAKS!! I understand it’s time for a new game I just don’t like unfinished story lines.

  30. As much as i would have loved more skyrim dlc i wont complain especialy if if the next project will be es 6 or fall out 4 and if its ES6 i would love to see spears and unarmed combat make a return and even more than that though i would love to see Akavir play a part in the next game or see valenwood or elswyer

  31. I enjoyed skyrim, my only disappointment was the lack of marriage options. Hopefully in an update they will change that. Some of the characters from the DLC open to be married too, I can still hope.

  32. Its not that I don’t think skyrim and its expansions werent good (well, hearthfire but… its just not my thing.)… What bothers me is the loose ends. The loose ends we assumed would be picked up somewhere. Like the eye of magnus and…

    …Oh I see. You’re going to release several smaller, linear “elder scrolls adventures” type spinoffs aren’t you? get story hooks in and hope that’ll be enough of a draw.

    Look. Look up “Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel” Please?

  33. >We hope you stay engaged in the gaming community here and elsewhere.
    >elsewhere
    >elsweyr
    >TESVI Elsweyr confirmed.

  34. Thanks Bethesda!

    Some people here are really angry, and I don’t get it. Sure, we could have gotten one more DLC. What really bothers me is that I thought Skyrim would get advances into Morrowind and Cyrodiil based on the large gates into those realms. As amazing as the game is, it seems like we’re missing something.

    Still, Skyrim is easily the most expansive and best game of the decade. At least in its class, and arguably of all genres. It represented a huge step forward for RPGs and action/adventure games, and the next one will only be better.

    But, some of you have to realize, Bethesda wants to make money, so their first priority has to be the consoles. Xbox “Durango” and PlayStation 4 won’t be getting Skyrim. I was hoping for a “Skyrim HD” re-release that would integrate the HD pack for PCs, and some of the mods that add to the game without really changing much (e.g. Open Cities), but the timing of this announcement tells me Skyrim won’t be on the next consoles… but the timing also tells me that maybe Fallout 4 will be. A lot of people will be buying the new Xbox and PlayStation consoles this holiday season. If Bethesda can get Fallout 4 out by then, they’re going to want to do that. And if that means dropping Skyrim, they’re going to do that as well.

  35. This is for sure the best game ever, im sad to see you guys don’t see that, and don’t see this game could be even more bigger and more fun,if that is possible.
    I wish you guys back with Skyrim with more DLCs maybe to celebrate the 2nd year of skyrim.
    We need more of SKYRIM, we know this game can have more, the game , the bethesda, the fans diserve more, we all disarve the biggest and best game ever made (in number of DLCs, hours played, everything).
    I just want to say, keep with the work, the DLCs, the Updates; because im sure we will buy more and more and play more and more and have fun, more and more.
    thank you for the work in Skyrim and the greatest game you guys did for us, the FANS!
    cya, i wish one day another new:
    SKYRIM, WE ARE BACK!

  36. Since Skyrim came out on 11-11-11 it’s the only game i have played. (ok i did play 2 weeks of Diablo 3 when it came out and it was the worst gaming experience of my life)
    That i want to play Skyrim and ONLY Skyrim is a testament to how good a job Bethesda did. Thanks for the fantastic game, i just can’t leave this world yet. To many adventures still ahead of me.

  37. Well if you guys are going to leave so many lose ends, we have a right to hear how skyrim “ends.” Either through dlc (which is what everyone wants) or through cinematic (like what me3 did) we have the right to know how it all ends unless tes 6 is a continuation of skyrim. It’s the least you guys could do for those (most of us) who have put hundreds of hours and tons of cash into your game.

    Don’t get me wrong, I loved this game. To be honest I was mainly an fps player (halos) until I tried this game out. Ironically I made fun of rpg kids and called skyrim a typical fantasy game where you kill dragons. I was wrong in every way and I have put around 400 hours into this game without being bored. I then picked up fallout 3 (also amazing) and am now considering dark souls and other RPGs. This situation is unfortunate but I believe that I can say for all of us that we only complain because we trust you guys unlike IW or treyarch. Nevertheless thanks for the great game but please just give us an ending to a great story!!!

  38. Finally! Now you can release a GOTYE this Christmas.

    I know a ton of people who refused to buy it until it was all wrapped up in a boxed set. (They said the same thing about SIMS 2; it never released a Complete Collection & they wouldn’t buy it because of that).

  39. I only wanted a few more things with dlcs like with new Vegas came out with new weapons.

    New ways to kill opponents new ways to clear caves and kill dragons if you don’t create new content give us new ways to play the already existing content. like adding spears, thrown weapons new magic, a one-handed ranged weapon(non-magic),more powerful shields that allow you to be offensive,

    Crossbows were great they changed the way you could play. this is what i want but its to bad its over.

    Next time then Voss.