Obsidian Entertainment, the developer behind Grounded, Fallout: New Vegas and The Outer Worlds, says publisher Bethesda rejected several of its offers to develop spin-offs based on the popular Elder Scrolls franchise. One of those proposals would’ve filled the gap between Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls 6, similar to how New Vegas released between Fallout 3 and Fallout 4. For some reason, those ideas were shot down.
Speaking in X (formerly Twitter) this week, Obsidian co-founder and former chief creative officer Chris Avellone said that various pitches made to Bethesda in 2015 were rejected, notably an Elder Scrolls spin-off game that was meant to “serve the same function” for The Elder Scrolls series as New Vegas did to Fallout. Seeing as how it will be over a decade between new releases in the RPG franchise, a spin-off would’ve kept fans invested in new adventures set in Tamriel.
Avellone’s response about the rejected Elder Scrolls spin-offs reads:
“This is true. One of the Elder Scrolls proposals (which I pitched) was intended to serve the same function as FNV did between F3 and F4, to provide more adventures in the setting during the years before the next Bethesda release.”
As of writing, Bethesda Game Studios is focused on post-launch support and updates for Starfield with The Elder Scrolls 6, the long-awaited next entry in the franchise, only entering early development a few months ago. Judging by Bethesda’s lengthy development time between major releases, we’re in for a very long wait until The Elder Scrolls 6 launches. Microsoft documents claim that the game will launch in 2026, though that might be generous. Fans think we’ll likely see it in 2028 or even on the next console generation.
This is true. One of the Elder Scrolls proposals (which I pitched) was intended to serve the same function as FNV did between F3 and F4, to provide more adventures in the setting during the years before the next Bethesda release. https://t.co/7yJNkn8cUY
— Chris Avellone (@ChrisAvellone) December 18, 2023
It’s hard to understand why Bethesda didn’t source The Elder Scrolls out to Obsidian Entertainment. A new AAA spin-off would’ve made the wait for The Elder Scrolls 6 less excruciating for fans while still delivering new single-player content in the series that isn’t attached to The Elder Scrolls Online or its maligned Blades mobile game.
That said, you can sort of see why Obsidian’s upcoming game Avowed, a single-player RPG that shares several similarities to The Elder Scrolls, moved ahead. The Outer Worlds, while being set in space, shared similarities to the Fallout franchise too.
Source: Video Games Chronicle