Beginning in 1994, the Elder Scrolls: Arena, released for the PC under the DOS operating system, made waves in the gaming community. Arena received praise for allowing the player to do anything they wanted and shape their character any way they see fit. In 1996, Daggerfall for the PC expanded the series further, with the first console release being Morrowind in 2002 on the Xbox. It wasn't until 2006 that the Elder Scrolls series graced the PlayStation 3 with Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, the first year that also saw the series transform from a success to one of this generation's best-selling franchises. The latest release, the 2011 Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, took the gaming community by storm, selling millions of copies and receiving praise as not only the best role-playing game of the year but as game of the year period. However, with the PlayStation 4 looming ever closer, let's look at what a PS4-powered Elder Scrolls entry would look like.
The obvious improvement is in the realm of graphics. As the PlayStation 4 has better hardware, so too will the graphics look better on a next-generation Elder Scrolls entry. However, now is the time Bethesda, the developers behind Elder Scrolls, can focus on their one problem area: faces. Historically, the Elder Scrolls series has never done a good job modeling faces or entire bodies, for that matter. With stronger hardware, this should no longer be an issue, allowing Bethesda to craft realistic looking faces and bodies to match the rest of the game's beauty.
The Elder Scrolls games have always received praise for being large in both scope and size; with the power of the PlayStation 4, the next Elder Scrolls entry can put all previous entries to shame. Typically, an Elder Scrolls game takes place on one landmass, such as Skyrim or Morrowind, with only tales of other continents being told to you by strangers and books. However, imagine an Elder Scrolls game that spanned the entire world; instead of just travelling from town to town, you could travel from continent to continent. Imagine an Elder Scrolls game where the murky swamps of Morrowind and the frigid lands of Skyrim were all open to exploration; it is every Elder Scrolls' fan dream come true.
To go along with the size of the land would be an increase in the size of the quests and factions. Imagine having every faction in the past five games open to you, each with their own quests spanning the globe. Skyrim received much praise for the amount of content it packed into it; on the PlayStation 4, the next Elder Scrolls game could easily double or triple Skyrim in not only the size of the world, but in the size of the quests.
An increase in size isn't confined to just continents and quests; by utilizing the power of the PlayStation 4, the next Elder Scrolls games can provide larger and more ferocious beasts to fight. Gamers familiar with Skyrim can all agree that the dragons and giants, both of which towered over your character, were some of the most awe-inspiring opponents in the game. With the technology of the PlayStation 4, this could be only the beginning, as opponents the size of cities would take arms against you. In addition to larger opponents, the next Elder Scrolls game could use the new technology in providing a more varied and diverse set of enemies to fight.
However, there are some things Bethesda needs to fix in the next Elder Scrolls game. Historically, Bethesda games, including Oblivion, Skyrim and even Fallout 3, have been worse than their Xbox 360 counterparts in terms of bugs and glitches. With the PlayStation 4, it's time for Bethesda to treat the system as an equal, making sure PS4 fans get the same experience as any other gamer. In addition, it is time for DLC exclusivity to end. Why should gamers be punished for the system they chose?
The next Elder Scrolls is most likely not even on Bethesda's radar on the moment; however, when the time is right, there is no doubt they will use the power of PlayStation 4 to blow every gamer away with a masterpiece.
Will Elder Scrolls hit the PS4? -- March 9th, 2013
According to a recent job listing, Bethesda seems to be preparing to make the jump to the PlayStation 4. The listing states the following:
"Bethesda Game Studios is looking for experienced programmers to work on cutting-edge technology for an unannounced game on future-generation consoles."
Bethesda only has two major franchises that they actively develop: Elder Scrolls and Fallout. While the article could refer to either one, rumors of Fallout 4 have circulated for awhile and, with Skyrim the last major release from the company, Bethesda may want to take a break from Elder Scrolls.
However, it's a safe bet that the engine powering the two games will be similar, and that following Fallout we will definitely see an Elder Scrolls title. Chances are very high both systems will be gracing the PlayStation 4 due to their huge sales and popularity in the previous generation. As soon as any news becomes available, we'll have it covered on PS4 Experts so check this page often!
February 2015 Update
Bethesda has announced that they are bringing something "huge" to E3, and all signs are pointing towards either a new Elder Scrolls game or Fallout 4. Information is scarce at this time, but we'll keep you updated!
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