Bethesda is 'moving on' from Skyrim to its next project; The Elder Scrolls: Arena rating spotted
Okay, so Arena isn't being re-released anytime soon. Turns out the rating appeared by mistake, according to Bethesda VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines.
"It apparently was never formally in their system because the release of Arena pre-dated [the Australian Classification Board's] existence," Hines told Joystiq. "This is simply an error on [the classification board's] part. It should just say PC, not multiplatform. We've notified them and they're going to fix. There is no new version of the game coming. Just a clerical mix-up."
While this means Arena won't be getting an HD makeover or portable version in the foreseeable future, fans can still indulge in the original Elder Scrolls adventure with the free version of the game available through Bethesda's website.
You can stop speculating on what the next big batch of DLC will be for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (if you were), being as Bethesda is no longer working on new content for the game, saying on its blog that only “minor updates” will be released. That is because the studio is now beginning work on its next project.
“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,” Bethesda said. “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.”
So now that Bethesda is full steam ahead on its next project, the question is, what could that project be? If a rating discovered on the Australian Classification Database is any indication, it could possibly be a remake of the very first Elder Scrolls game, the 1994 DOS title The Elder Scrolls: Arena.
According to said rating (found by Games.On), the game, which was rated M on April 9 for “fantasy violence”, will supposedly be released for multiple platforms. That is all the information available at this time, so it’s impossible to say if the rating is for an HD remake, a mobile or freemium port, or even a brand new title using the name TES: Arena. It’s not even clear if Bethesda is involved in the development of whatever the game is.
For now, feel free to ponder the matter of what Bethesda could be working on in the comment box below.
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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