Last updated on May 10th, 2019
With the latest chapter Elsweyr fast approaching its launch for Elder Scrolls Online, according to an interview with Zenimax Online Studios’ boss this isn’t the only title that the developer has been working on.
Elder Scrolls Online Developer Zenimax Boss Confirms Working on a New Game
In an interview with for Official Xbox Magazine (June 2019, issue 177) which was cited by an article on wccftech, Zenimax Online boss Matt Firor went into detail about the journey that has been Elder Scrolls Online. With a rough beginning but striving to the success it has now met, building a community that continues to grow:
It took a while to sink in that we’re killing it right now, because we went through the whole phase where we were responding to the PC-launch Elder Scrolls criticism, and then console was huge, but it was so huge that it broke a bunch of stuff at the beginning. Like, we weren’t expecting it to be so big, which is a great problem to have, but it was a problem. And then after that it was like, ‘We have this huge audience, how do we make enough content to keep everyone engaged?’ And that led to the realisation that you can’t, and that led to the One Tamriel [update] which opened up the world so anyone can play with anyone and can do anything at any time. And that led to, ‘Okay, now we have to do this chapter thing every year to kind of give out a message to the community that this is what to expect from us.’ Like every June, check out what we’re doing because it’s going to be big. Now it’s, ‘Check out what we’re doing, and, oh, by the way, the rest of the year is telling the same story.’ You know, we’re constantly evolving. I think it probably wasn’t until after the Morrowind launch that we were like, ‘Yeah, wow, we’ve had three good years,’ you know? Because we’re working on everything behind the scenes not getting out of the office a whole lot. And it takes a while to sink in some times.
However, ESO has not been the only game in the works, Firor hints that a new title is being worked on that uses an entirely new engine. While some may worry that this could mean less attention paid to ESO, Zeni assure that they are still “committed”:
Yeah. Not a lot of people have picked up on this, but if you look on our job site you’ll see that we are accepting applications for people to work on a new engine for a new triple-A game. So yes, we have ideas, but we’re committed to ESO for as long as it takes.
In the official ESO forums there has been talk of the job listings that have popped up on Zenimax last year which point to the “next AAA project” and “major new IP”. One job post for an Animation Engineer specified “technical knowledge of Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC”. Another job listing for Senior Systems Designer outlines “progression systems, weapon and gear design, roleplaying systems, puzzles and mini games” as well as “experience developing Open World games”. These post suggests that it will be another online RPG type game, with an open world design. Its too soon to tell what kind of title will follow up ESO and whether it will be for the next generation of consoles.
For more Zenimax news be sure to read next Elder Scrolls Online Gets Its Own Free Printable Tabletop RPG and Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr Trailer Features Necromancer Class. You should also check out State Of Play Announced For May 9th Featuring MediEvil And More.