One of the hottest industry rumours pre-E3 was that Bethesda would reveal its next game at the show, surprisingly early given it’s only just put the cherry on Skyrim. This clearly didn’t happen, but vice president Pete Hines told OXM that the core team at Bethesda Game Studios led by Skyrim director Todd Howard is indeed working on something, and it is “100% unrelated” to Zenimax Online’s current title, The Elder Scrolls Online.
“Todd Howard, at this point, has earned the right to do what the hell he wants; nobody gets to tell him different and nobody gets to dictate to him what he gets to do. Do you think that even I would go to Todd and say ‘listen, I know you want to do this, but these other guys…?’ He gets to do whatever he wants. Him and his team are moving forward with the stuff that they want to work on and where they want to go next in making games,” Hines said.
“I get to see it and it’s already really awesome, but it’s probably helpful to note that anyone who thinks that what he’s working on next is going to be talked about soon doesn’t understand game development. They just announced that they’re moving the whole team onto something else. Give these guys time and space, expect it never and be surprised if it’s any time before then.”
Hines said that Bethesda doesn’t want to announce the new project yet because it’s not interested in reveals with “no substance”, which would be quite likely so early in development.
Fans are, of course, expecting the new project to be Fallout 4 or The Elder Scrolls VI – but you never know.