The next Skyrim DLC, Redguard, won't actually be a new expansion for the popular RPG at all. Bethesda recently broke the news that they're moving on to new adventures. So what's next? The Elder Scrolls 6 release date is likely years away, but we have a feeling it may be connected to recent Hammerfell rumors.
The Next Skyrim DLC was supposed to be Redguard, an expansion likely set in the region of Hammerfell where the Redguard warrior tribe resides. However, despite months of speculation the rumors proved to be false when Bethesda posted a note on their official blog revealing that there would be no new adventures in the Skyrim world (though there's no mention of what those Redguard rumors were all about):
Skyrim has been a labor of love for us since we started designing it in 2006. We never imagined it would become the phenomenon it has. And that is because of you, the fans. It was all of you who made it a success. We can't thank you enough for embracing the game, spreading the word, and making it your own.
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. 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.
Thank you again for all your support. We hope you stay engaged in the gaming community here and elsewhere. Keep spreading the word. Games are the world's best entertainment because they can do what other forms cannot - fill you with the wonder of exploration and the pride of accomplishment. We look forward to sharing our next adventure with you.
Until next time,
Bethesda Game Studios
The news that there would be no new Skyrim DLC was a bitter pill for many gamers to swallow.
"I just wish that you guys would AT LEAST allow consoles to have mods and creation kit just like the PC does," wrote Mitchell, one commenter. "This announcement is like a terrible breakup. I loved Skyrim so much and I have put in so many hours into this game as if it was my job."
"Not cool, Bethesda, not cool at all," wrote Kevin, another commenter. "Total slap in the face if you ask me kind of disingenuous on your guy's part. Well say goodbye to my money cause you guys ain't getting it anymore. Can't treat fans like this and expect them to stay not cool."
"No more DLC?" added Robin. "The only thing that's been keeping me going every day is the hope for the rumored Redguard DLC or something huge."
"I was honestly expecting more DL," wrote Sypron. "You guys said that you were going to be doing something on the scale of Fallout 3. Dawnguard and Dragonborn barely make up half of that amount. Were there really no other ideas? No one wanted to make another project?"
No next Skyrim DLC, so what's next for fans of the medieval-themed RPG series? Well there's always the upcoming Elder Scrolls Online MMO, but the big news is that the Elder Scrolls 6 release date is now finally in sight, though it will probably be years before anything materializes.
Then again, Bethesda may have a head start if the next Skyrim DLC Redguard rumors were true. The Elder Scrolls 6 release date may already be in the works if the game developing company has decided to take the work it's already put towards a Hammerfell expansion and expanded it into an entirely new game.
A new game rather than just the next Skyrim DLC means a lot more room for improvement and innovation when the Elder Scrolls 6 release date arrives. Here's another Bethesda fan, Beakie Helmet, with suggestions for how to improve the franchise:
Make it so dungeons don't funnel you to the bottom and then spit you out the top every time. Let players explore, put neat items in odd locations, encourage discovery over achievements. Going to the bottom of a dungeon and fighting a levelled boss over and over is unfulfilling, take notes on what Oscuro did to Oblivion and what Obsidian did to New Vegas.
Actually, on the note of New Vegas: More Dialogue. Let players select topics to talk to NPC's about from a wide list like back in Morrowind. Actually, just look at what Morrowind and New Vegas did better, and remember to make maps and options varied, not funnels.
Discovery is the backbone of TES. It's not missing in Skyrim, but it could be better, and hopefully whatever evolves from Skyrim has the higher quality of level design, Item Placement and NPC Interaction that Morrowind and New Vegas have. Hand placed will beat levelled and procedurally generated, every time.
Are you disappointed that there won't be a next Skyrim DLC? Are you excited for the Elder Scrolls 6 release date even though it's still a long ways away? Share your thoughts on Bethesda's latest announcement in the comments below.