Despite delivering Game of the Year winning titles, Bethesda has been criticized for its inability to deliver a gamer that isn’t also riddled with bugs and glitches. Furthermore, the developer has also been targeted by fanboys complaining that Oblivion lacked a lot of the key elements that made Morrowind so “special.” As a fan of the franchise itself, I’d have to agree as Oblivion put me off entirely.
This year, Bethesda is preparing to release the next iteration of the Elder Scrolls saga with Skyrim. Not only is the game being developed on a brand new engine (that looks great thus far), but it’s also looking to put that “special” touch into the game like it achieved with Morrowind. Thankfully, Bethesda realizes that it screwed up when it came to Oblivion and they’re sorry about that — they’re doing what they can to make sure it doesn’t happen with Skyrim as well.
“With Oblivion, we’re dealing with the capital province, and we wanted to get back to the more classic Arena and Daggerfall feel of a fantasy world that felt more refined and welcoming,” says Bethesda’s Todd Howard. “A place that you instantly understood.
“But in that, we sacrificed some of what made Morrowind special; the wonder of discovery.
“With Skyrim, we’re trying to bring some of that back and walk the line between Morrowind and Oblivion. Where it’s at first familiar looking, but has its own unique culture and spin on it.”
As someone who was let down by Oblivion, this is the type of attitude and PR that gets me excited again for the series. I know a lot of you guys as readers have been anticipating this one and I think you all now have even more reason to do so. It looks as though Skyrim is going to finally bring Elder Scrolls back to its roots where it belongs.