Oblivion And On

By Alec Meer on October 29th, 2008 at 9:05 pm.

It’s almost as if Bethesda Softworks have just finished a game and so have decided to work on a new one. Imagine! Yes, a date for The Elder Scrolls V has been confirmed. Well, sort of confirmed. Well, mentioned. A bit.

“Potentially there’s a new Elder Scrolls title in 2010,” says Bethsoft exec Chris Oughton over at GI.biz. Woo!


Frankly, I’m going to go with reading that as “we’re definitely working on a new TES game, but we’re not quite sure about the release date yet” rather than “we’re only thinking about doing TES5.” It’s possible he wasn’t meant to let that slip, but let’s face it, it’s hardly a surprise. And with Fallout 3 scoring universally between Very Good and Really Bloody Very Good, riding that goodwill train seems a smart idea.

So, what do we want to see from TES 5? If you’d be so kind as to resist wholesale Oblivion-bashing that’d be nice (c’mon, we’ve done that to death already in other threads) – instead let’s nobly stick to constructive critique as to what can be improved, kept, removed, added, changed, funny-hatted, whatever. Let’s build TES5 right here, with the power of mere words. Strong, beautiful words.

Me, I want those bizarre insect taxi things from Morrowind to come back. Oh, and does anyone know the TES lore well enough to guess at what the setting/storyline could be? Again, I’m hoping for something closer to Morrowind’s weirdness (that ribcage city was extraordinary) rather than Oblivion’s somewhat vanilla Tolkieniess.

Edit – A helpful fellow named Luke drops me a line about the discovery that Bethesda’s owners Zenimax have apparently recently trademarked the following for clothing, video games, documentation and telecommunication respectively:

Serial Number Reg. Number
1 77051779 SKYRIM
2 77017500 SKYRIM
3 77044247 SKYRIM
4 77022291 SKYRIM

Which rather suggests TES5 will be set in Skyrim, chilly home of the fighty Nords. Which perhaps sounds a little plain, but hopefully a good opportunity for environments rather different to Oblivion’s lush forestry.

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115 Comments »

  1. mop45star says:

    OK first of all :

    I am a HUGE fan of oblivion so i thank bethsda for such a great game

    Although i have not finished playing oblivion but up until now i have logged to 320 hours of game play :) :)

    So you could see how much i love this game

    Now the one thing that i wish for in tes v is the story to still be in cyrodiil as i much like to know what will happen to it after martin because the left the story in a interesting level

    (spoiler)

    I mean when you talk to high council after the martin’s transformation

    Now if we are to talk about the in-game clues of tes v it is most likely summerset isle

    But i really hope that the story sties in cyrodiil and at the beginning of the game the ask about your your oblivion hero’s name and race and sex so that he will be mentioned in conversations in tes v that will be just awesome :o wow!

    I will not talk about anything else as I like it the way it is

    Ohh i can not wait till it is out

  2. simonkaye says:

    Someone should forward this thread to Bethesda.

    Keiron? Alec?

  3. XMadscottsmanX says:

    4th comment down, cyrenic

    He says, and I quote: “Lame, this just looks like it’ll be Fallout 3 with swords.”

    I’m insulted! The Elderscrolls games were the back bone of the Fallout 3 gameplay. Oblivion was as good as Fallout 3 if not better. To say a sequel to Oblivion is just “Fallout 3 with swords” is stupid. Fallout 3 was just Elderscrolls with guns.
    Has he even heard of Oblivion?

    Sorry if I’m ranting a bit. I just thought it was a stupid comment.

  4. jalf says:

    Oblivion was a terrible game. It was an impressive sandbox, for the time, but it is virtually unplayable without at least 3 mods installed.

    That’s why I was impressed by Fallout 3. It was the first indication I’d seen that Bethesda had actual game designers employed. (Next step: Prove that they also have animators)

    Apart from that, I strongly suspect cyrenic was making a joke, because Fallout 3 often gets branded “Oblivion with guns”. ;)

  5. XMadscottsmanX says:

    Fair enough. I’ll accept that.

  6. Zephyx says:

    @jalf: are you kidding me ? I played oblivion with 2 years without mods!!! 2 years!! And besides all the minor glitches and errors, it was a great game; not just an awesome sandbox, but exciting material that no other game has established before

  7. David says:

    I think at least two provinces with one of them being Cyrodiil warring, like Skyrim trying to secede from the Empire and you could choose to help Skyrim or the Empire, and if you choose to help Skyrim you could choose its political persuasion(Democracy, Monarch) a whole second life element, with economy and proper investment in shops for a stipend of gold every week or you could beat the shopkeeper into paying you protection money anhelping the criminal underworld, there should be more of a criminal underworld which would have warring gangs trying to control territory(kinda like the Camonna Tong and the Thieves Guild but more immersive)

  8. chowdmer says:

    everything in oblivion was generic. at first i was pretty excited cus i am a morrowind veteran and i wanted some new TES content to play with and oblivion was pretty nice. i was impressed. after 2 years of oblivion and an invincible armored mage charectar that cound kill a lich on hard i like 5 hits i started to notice that you could go very far in the wilderness without encountering anything but a rat or a goblin or nothing at all but in fallout 3 there were super mutants shooting at you and raiders attacking you from every direction. TES 5 should have more enemies and more action. and if you get overwhelmed you should be able use a V.A.T.S similar combat system to take on te group with ease.
    mounts in oblivion sucked eggs, i got my first horse and it actualy seemed to be slowing me down cus i could hardly control it’s crappy controls. armor rating in oblivion meant nothing. you could not actualy tell the difference from iron to deadric in an actual fight. hand to hand was underpowered and there were no spiked nuckles or anything cool to slap on your fists to pump up the DMG. stealth was ok. TES 5 should has destructable buildings and mounted combat. you should be able to actuay hear your charectar talk. see him/her climb up a ladder. open a chest or drink a potion/eat. WTF bethesda? are you to lazy to put some more effort into anamations? anyway TES 5 should be more immersive, put less time into graphics and more time into the actual content. add a quest where a master inventor discovers the secrets of flight and you can purchase a small private zepplin or whatever. add more variaty and less graphic work. lol, srry for my awful spelling

  9. chowdmer says:

    everything in oblivion was generic. at first i was pretty excited cus i am a morrowind veteran and i wanted some new TES content to play with and oblivion was pretty nice. i was impressed. after 2 years of oblivion and an invincible armored mage charectar that cound kill a lich on hard i like 5 hits i started to notice that you could go very far in the wilderness without encountering anything but a rat or a goblin or nothing at all but in fallout 3 there were super mutants shooting at you and raiders attacking you from every direction. TES 5 should have more enemies and more action. and if you get overwhelmed you should be able use a V.A.T.S similar combat system to take on te group with ease.

  10. chowdmer says:

    TES 5 should have lightning bolts that you can ride if you get a certain spell.

  11. rootbeer9000 says:

    Well Oblivion was fantastic but here are some improvements

    1. Bring back morrowind weapons like spears throwing knives, ninja stars etc.
    2. More gore, decapitation limb severing.
    3. Maybe add a race.

    4. CAPES AND CLOAKS THEY ARE BAD ASS

    5. Bring back morrowinds useless spells like levitate
    6. Better combat system more animations
    7. Put ridable flying creatures

  12. jon says:

    you idiot elder scrolls came out 1st so fallout is just an other elder scrolls

    • CrackerJackerHeader says:

      Dude, your more of an idiot than your friend is! fallout isn’t completely like Oblivion. There is one major difference. Fallout 3 is in modern times not midevil times. People in oblivion didn’t have guns dumbass!

  13. CrackerJackerHeader says:

    Fsha! Why would you want the new elder scrolls game to just be in summerset isles. I say they should make Tamriel instead. With a few tricks of my own put into it. Just add the sweet robes and weapons you get in assassin’s creed and feed dragons all through the mix and thats one badass game. Maybe even more badass than Fallout new vegas

    hBKy

  14. CrackerJackerHeader says:

    The names Mike by the way. Taint no business of yours maybe.