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. Wait, seriously Bethesda? That is incredibly disappointing. So we’re just left off working for Hermaeus Mora? So basically in the time of Skyrim, we’ve killed the emperor, the civil war and dragons left Skyrim weakened, vampires are running around (in my game at least), and so what? We can just assume that the are going to overrun Tamriel? You couldn’t have left a huge hole in the whole story to this game. No one wants to wait til the next game to find out what’s happening as practically everything in the current one was pointing to a second Great War. You made it blatantly obvious that it was coming. And then you just leave us all hanging on that? I’ve been a fan of your games for over a decade and this feels like a travesty. Fallout NV did it right, with everything pointing to a showdown between the two couriers, Skyrim was doing the same damn thing with the Aldmeri Dominion. And then just nothing? Oh, what about Nocturnal owning my soul if I decide to finish the thieves guild quests? Seriously, you could have done so much more with this game, you know it, I know it, and the whole Skyrim community knows it. But you’re a money hungry company like the rest and realize that DLCs for a 2 year old game just won’t cut it for you. So it’s time to jump ship and move on to the next forever unfinished product.

    As such, I won’t be buying any of your future games, solely because I refuse to sink money into an unfinished product that has been unfinished since its launch. Sure the loss of my money won’t hurt you, but maybe the idea of you losing long time fans over what feels like rushed products would be a wake up call to you. Sadly, it doesn’t feel like it will.

    By the way, Patch 1.9 makes my game (360) freeze about once every hour. How about you fix that crap? I can safely say its this patch as I would rarely experience freezes before I downloaded it, and of course I can’t just go back to the last patch.

    Seriously disgusting Bethesda.

      • They’re money grubbing for leaving an unfinished product unfinished when we bought it. They promised 4-5 DLCs when Skyrim was announced. We got 2 DLCs and a house that they themselves didn’t consider DLC. Dragonborn had 360 exclusivity and now that it’s up, they jump ship. I don’t find that coincidental. I find that slapping the PS3 and the PC gamers in the face.

  2. Oh god I want Fallout 4 so bad! XD

    Thank you for sharing your worlds with us, Bethesda. <3 I'm still playing Skyrim like crazy and have a lot left to do, I hope the next project you're working on IS Fallout-related because I'm totally in love with that world. I'm looking forward to hearing more!

  3. I am still waiting to get a new rig to experience Skyrim in full glory with both mods(graphical) and DLC’s, but the first 50-60 hours I put into it…well, I am not kidding, but they bought me out of a rather sad time in my life, which is now pretty damn amazing.
    Thank you not only for an amazing game, but for being one of the companies due to which I have decided to enter the video game industry, either as a developer, or for marketing.
    That’s the main quest, side quest includes joining your company and meeting the developers of TES <3 Even though it's a long way from now <3

    • Same here. Skyrim inspired me to start planning out a sci fi/fantasy RPG out in my head and to try to become a game dev when I grow up.
      Thanks for the over 500 hours (And counting) of fun Bethesda.

  4. Thanks for the great content, I can safely say skyrim was the most hours Ive ever spent playing a game. Looking forward to your future projects…aand…hail sithis!

  5. This is, quite honestly, the worst news I have heard so far this year. No Redguard, no Thalmor expansion, no more content. Done, over, just like that. 🙁

    I go to Skyrim and Cyrodil and Morrowind when I want to escape the real world and other people, to step into an immersive solitary existence, and be the lone hero. I don’t want to play Elder Scrolls with other players, in an implausible world where powerful questing adventurers outnumber ordinary folks, where my character is just another nothing-special amongst the thronging thousands of “heroes” all to-ing and fro-ing across the map. I have tried that many times, in many permutations, in many games, and it holds no attraction for me.

    I’m not saying the MMO will be good or bad, as far as such things go, simply I have zero interest in it regardless. I hope, therefore, that, however the MMO turns out, Bethesda will later continue the tradition of immense, immersive SINGLE PLAYER worlds that we love so much and not turn their back on it in favour of this new, much less unique direction.

  6. The Skyrim disk has only left my 360 tray maybe twice since 11-12-11 when I bought it. I’m sure I will continue enjoying it as look forward to Elder Scrolls VI!

  7. After logging over 1,400 hours on Skyrim in less than a year, I’m a little sad to see that there will not be another DLC on the way. However, I want to say thanks for such a wonderful and amazing game that I can hardly put down, and I can’t wait for the next Elder Scrolls chapter.

  8. Im very sad right now,but i knew this day would come.i just want to say thank you bethesda for making the greatiest game ever in my opinion(skyrim).but i cant wait for the next elder scrolls game,fallout is a great game and i also love it to but nothing like the elder scrolls games.just whatever your making next,bust your ass on it because i know it will be awesome.

  9. Good work with Skyrim.

    Now can the next Elder Scrolls have it’s spellcrafting, real enchanting, and real stat systems back now? Maybe just add 2-4 player co-op to test the waters of online gameplay? It would be game of the century.

  10. Thanks for making one my favorite games of all time. I wish there could have been more time for one more DLC, but I’m happy that there was an official departure announcement. Here’s to hoping you’re all working on Fallout 4.

  11. I will be saddened if Fallout 4 AND the last BIG expansion for Skyrim are both announced at E3 2013 or earlier. Only having two DLC plus Hearthfire is quite dissapointing when we get amazing content like Shivering Isles in Oblivion.

  12. moving onto… FALLOUT 4 !!?!?!?! 😀 😀
    (because if it is… my money is ready.)

    I have never been disappointed in any of the Bethesda games I’ve bought so far. Keep up the great work everyone!

  13. I think it’s foolish that Bethesda is pretty much abandoning Skyrim. The PS3 version still has so many problems.

  14. Nice words.
    Thank you, Beth!
    Can’t wait for your next project.
    Hopefully it’s a new part of my beloved Fallout universe.
    But i would also love to see something completely new.

  15. But, you’ve finished up one last big DLC that’s going to be released, right? Otherwise you would have piped up and stopped people from getting all excited about this “Redguard” dlc that’s been rumored for half a year, right?

    There’s some reason why this blog post never came out a half year ago when you released “Dragonborn” right?

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for Fallout 4, but Skyrim definitely needs at least one more DLC.

  16. THanks for Skyrim Bethesda i hope the other game has even Better success then Skyrim !

    Can´t wait for other Bethesda Game Studios Game 🙂

    Thanks from a Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls Ethernal fan!

  17. I wish there had been just one DLC about the Dominion, but I guess you guys are saving that one for the next game. I just hope the next game will be as fun as Skyrim was.

  18. Uh… wasn’t Bethesda that published early this year that they have almost “infinite” ideas for new DLC?
    PS: I’m still waiting my Shivering Isles-sized DLC

  19. Thank you for Skyrim. It’s an interactive showcase for everything that’s good about video games.

    Not that I’m going to stop playing it or anything!

    I don’t know if you’re reading this, Bethesda folks, but I’d love to see an Elder Scrolls 6 with the graphic style of Elder Scrolls Online. Maybe on PS4?

  20. So sad, I’m absolutely obsessed with this game but they are making a game which has to be released within the PS4’s launch window so it does make sense. Got to get all hands on deck to meet the deadline. Lets hope it is another Fallout, It is one of the greatest RPGs of all time.

  21. Wow, this isn’t right to the 15 MILLION plus people who bought this game. Two average size dlc’s and that’s it?
    Surly hope there’s a imminent announcement on a new game, we the consumers are owed that.

  22. Beth, this post was amazing!!! Skyrim is more than a game, sometimes it is my second life…
    I really wanted to thank you guys for everything, specially for the PS3 DLCs… I am looking foward to your new games!!

  23. Hope there will be more features on the minor updates like the Legendary Difficulty settings or adding new weather like torandos or hurricans also more unarmed moves also new kill moves

  24. NOOOO!!!

    I was so hoping for one last dlc. I did not see this coming. I really thought that we were at least getting a Redguard dlc ever since the name was copyrighted. ITS NOT FAIR!!!

    Now go make me Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls 6.

    Also I think I speak for everyone when I say we want references to The Last Dragonborn and The Nerevarine in the next elder scrolls. The Nerevarine apparently went to Akavir and the Champion of Cyrodiil became Sheogorath. All of us are curious of the fate of the Dovahkiin especially since his power should be godlike after absorbing countless dragons and Miraak.

    Whew. Long post.

  25. Eitherway I would just work on making Redguard DLC for the last mod then just work on minor UPdates and small DLCs and can move on to the next awesome Project. Don’t want to top on a game that is still incomplete.

  26. Its a shame the massive area south west of falkreath isn’t being used , a bit concerned that the City of Dragonstar has not been added im hoping you have room for one more dlc down the track .

    As for fallout series whislt I love it m id prefer if Bethesda game studios themselves created a whole new saga , im sure it would provide a test of resourses but it will be a breath of fresh airm challenge yourselves to create a space and 1st person terrain RPG where you quell an invasion on the ground in 1st person then hop in you purchasable craft fly out into the atmosphere mopping up enemy sattilites then do space missions obiting other planets a bit like colony wars used to do .

    OR get this Brother GStaff create the RPG 1st person sequel to lobotomys Exhumed (powerslave in USA) m now that’s a challenge and it will sell by the bucketloads ,

    So yea create some totally different and set the industry alight once again fallouts good but a little tired .

    best of luck

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  27. Aww guys your leaving us hanging…. Is it goodbye to Skyrim. Is it going the same way as morrowind and oblivion left on the shelf because we have gone as far as we can go is it time to trade it In….. I’ve started the game so many times lived and watched my character grow, it can’t end now. It may be just a business to you and a way of making money but think of the ones that takes over from you and uses your creation enriches it with their own creativity are you gonna just abandon them for other money making opportunities Skyrim has a following like no other don’t leave it unfinished it needs an end before starting something new

  28. Skyrim is by far one of my favorite games. To end it now would be cruel for those who hoped for the next 2 rumored dlc. There were so many rumors of redguard that everyone expected it. There was so much room for expansion like having a war against the thalmor or a high king. If you guys read this, could you guys consider haing one last dlc to tie up the loose ends with the thalmor and high king?. Nevertheless, thanks for the great game

    • Great to hear it was one of your favorite games. I can appreciate that sometimes you want rumors to come true, but sometimes rumors are just rumors.

      • I would want Redguard DLC to definaly come true and make it the final Major DLC also make some minor DLCs after Redguard for a finally for Skyrim not just end it with just Dragonborn. I’ve been really hoping the rumor about Redguard DLC is definaly true and want to see it as a true final Major DLC for Skyrim also to end the Skyrim series. It’s my wish to see it come true then we can move on to Fallout 4 which alot of us are also waiting on. Eitherway thank you for the awesome game you’ve worked hard on making and can’t wait for Elder Scrolls 6.

      • dear Gstaff.
        I am just wondering why you guys didnt announce that dragonborn was the last DLC When you announced it,Why wait in in 4 months until telling us you are done with skyrim. And why comment and say no comment on that. When you clearly knows that there wont be another DLC.

        And i just dont get it why you would leave skyrim with dragonborn. there is so much potential for great dlcs for skyrim,such as choosing a new high king,mantling Talos,civil war and about the thalmor.

        I mean why have dlcs which is complete unrelated to the base game when you could give answers to so many unanswered questions 🙁
        I am sorry if i sound too rude. I just dont get it,I Love skyrim. and elder scrolls is really my favourite game series.

        • Mainly because we continued to work on content for the game. Not just the 1.9 content update, but also ensuring that we could bring the content to PS3.

          Thank you for supporting us through the years.

          • so no level cap and a new difficulty that’s the last thing we get that’s disappointing.I relay wanted to see something better than the oblivion DLC shivering isles and Dragonborn. would of been nice if y’all said Dragonborn was the last dlc when it came out not after a patch. a lame way to end skyrim guys could of went out with some big expansive world to explore with story to take part in not some patch. never thought you guys would disappoint me like this.

          • Thanks again for deleting another comment that didn’t need to be deleted. It wasn’t rude, it wasn’t malicious. Now it’s for certain, I will encourage boycott. Not just for the treatment here as I did nothing wrong, but for the simple fact that YOU ARE NOT EXPLAINING THESE THINGS. Todd Howard promised 4-5 DLC on the press release of Skyrim. Now that the Xbox exclusivity is over, you are NOW cutting off promised DLC. Not only are you proving my point, but I will also write to a few gaming magazine editors about this ‘coincidence’ and urge them to get an answer out of you. Just because you have ‘moderation’ powers on here doesn’t mean that you can silence us that are upset that you lied to us, several times and force PS3 and PC users to feel less than equal with Microsoft. I may as well see what kind of laws surround this and try and file a lawsuit about the sales of this as that WAS promised at the release, which is an advertisement. Now it’s not? I think it’s worth looking into.

          • Understand you’re frustrated, but we did not set a number of DLCs. The main thing that Todd discussed (the same week we revealed the Game Jam video) was that each piece of content’s size would be somewhere between Fallout 3 pieces and what we did for Shivering Isles. Yes, Hearthfire is a smaller one, but it came out of some great ideas we saw in our game jam and through the community.

            From Kotaku:


            “For Fallout 3 we did five DLCs,” Howard told me during an interview last week at the DICE Summit. “That was a very aggressive path for us. Our plan now is to take more time, to have more meat on them [for Skyrim]. They’ll feel closer to an expansion pack.”

          • Actually, if you watch the video flow of Todd Howard, he did say an amount. I’m not talking about Game Jam, I’m talking about the reveal of Skyrim, Todd talking about the gameplay, and I’m talking about what he said about DLC. Nothing about GameJam, in fact, this was BEFORE it. He talked about it being more substantial. Vampire Lord factions that was about the same size as the Companions? Then you say that Hearthfire isn’t DLC, yet it’s for sale and downloadable, and content created by Bethesda? And then Dragonborn, which leaves everything up in the air. The 360 got exclusivity to all three packages. All three. You gave nothing to the PS3 players but a discount. You gave nothing to the PC gamers but glitchy texture packs. Frustrated? About being lied to? You betchya. That’s false advertisement and you know it.

          • And furthermore, if Hearthfire WAS in fact a DLC by your wording, why was Dragonborn exclusive to the 360 for 30 days? Either way, you’ve lied to us. I don’t like being lied to.

  29. A real shame. After all this time I was hoping that there might be another expansion to focus on magic users. It seems like everybody’s gotten something from Skyrim and its DLC + expansion except for mages. As somebody who ONLY casts spells (no weapons apart from staves for me) it feels like we really haven’t been given anything at all.

    • New content was released in 2013 — including the Legendary features in the 1.9 update. And for PS3 players, we released Dawnguard, Dragonborn, and Hearthfire.

      • I don’t wan’t to be rude, so please don’t take it as such. But I don’t think that bringing DLC that had already been realeased to the ps3 and a patch, a nice patch but ultimately just a patch, really is what any player thought of as “more DLC content.”

      • Not to be rude, Todd Howard also said that there would be more than three back when Skyrim was announced and that the DLC would be more like Fallout 3. Then at that gaming event, Bethesda had said that great things were in store for Skyrim in 2013. I feel lied to and it dissuades me in buying anything new from Bethesda, and it even furthers that by not allowing my last comment about my discontinuing support for the company. What should be happening is Bethesda explaining why they moved on when they already had promised so much. But if you’re going to move on, so will I, and I’ll encourage others who feel the same way to do so as well. It was good while it lasted Bethesda, but I’m afraid I’m standing by my other comment. I’m moving on, and away, from Bethesda gaming. I’ll enjoy the classics, but I’m no longer going to support the lies and let downs.

  30. Thank you so much for everything, Bethesda – all of you from our friend Gstaff to the guy who cleans the office. You’re right – Skyrim and the other TES games are important to us. I can’t imagine my life without having discovered Skyrim in 2011, and I’m so glad I did pick up this amazing game.

    Thanks again, Beth. It’s been a wonderful ride, and I can’t wait for the next one! 🙂

  31. Thanks for an awesome game, guys. 🙂 Skyrim was the first Elder Scrolls game I really got into, and now I’m a big fan. I can’t wait to see what you do with the next one!

  32. Watching Skyrim go down like this, it’s like watching your puppy die of negligence.

    Thanks for giving us such an awesome puppy, Bethesda. And thanks for letting it die of thirst while chained to a post.

    An amazing feeling, right? Yeah. That’s how we feel.

  33. Been a good run for Skyrim. Enjoyed it and still enjoying it. Me personally, I’m ready for another Fallout. Can’t wait to see what this game looks like with the Creation Engine. I’m sorry for those who find disappointment in Bethesda because they’ve moved on to their next epic. You should move on to. We all knew this day would come so it should be no surprise. It is what it is.