If you’re tired of Bethesda constantly rereleasing Skyrim on any new device that ever comes out, Todd Howard has some solid advice for you, stop buying them. The joke was part of an interview that Todd Howard had with Geoff Keighley at Gamelab Barcelona. When Keighley brought up the point of making games persistent and allowing the player to continuously come back to older games, Todd Howard responded by saying “Even now, the amount of people who play Skyrim seven years later; millions of people every month are playing that game, that’s why we keep releasing it. If you want us to stop releasing it, stop buying it.”
Obviously the last part on stop buying Skyrim is just another cheeky Todd Howard joke, but he does make a solid point as to why they keep rereleasing the game for new systems. When millions of players around the world are still actively playing the game Bethesda has literally no reason to not release it for new systems. It brings in tons of cash which means that they can take their sweet time to perfect other projects instead of rushing them due to financial burdens.
Howard has also stated that he wants the games to be sustainable. They design the games in such a way that players can play them for a long time. He said that there will be times that they have a new idea or new technology that they can’t use in the games as it’s simply not sustainable. He already knows that there will be a moment in time where he can’t continue making games at Bethesda, however, before that moment he wants to make sure that players know who they are, what their worlds are like, and how their games are. For him, making his games sustainable is a way of doing so.
As of right now, Bethesda has teased an Elder Scrolls 6 at the last E3, which means that Elder Scrolls fans have something to be excited about other than a new Skyrim re-release. Before The Elder Scrolls 6 however, we will see a brand new IP from Bethesda called Starfield which will be set in space. Although hardly any information is known about the projects, it’s certainly good to know we won’t just be getting new Skyrim versions for another 7 years.