Bethesda: Skyrim Remastered is a One-Off for Elder Scrolls

Following the re-release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim with upgraded visuals on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, many fans have been hoping Bethesda would give its predecessor, Oblivion, the same treatment. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be happening, according to Bethesda.

Speaking to the Official Xbox Magazine UK (posted online by GamesRadar), Bethesda vice president Pete Hines said that a smaller amount of work needed on both titles led to both Dishonored’s Definitive Edition and Skyrim’s Special Edition.

He stressed that Skyrim remastered happened because they adapted its engine to build Fallout 4 on modern hardware, and that this was basically a one-off.

“We did [a remaster] for Dishonored but that was a unique case where it was a new IP at the very end of the last generation of consoles,” Hines said to OXM. “So remastering it and bringing it to this gen wasn’t a ton of work and it made a lot of sense given the proximity of those two.

“Skyrim was more about the work that Bethesda Game Studios had done in the early days of getting ready for Fallout 4 on this generation of consoles—moving the Skyrim engine and doing some work to run it on this generation of consoles just to see how it worked, and so forth, before they started doing all their Fallout stuff. It’s the most recent thing they did.”

Finally, Hines explained that mods for Skyrim on consoles “seemed like a pretty cool idea,” when talking up Fallout 4’s console mod support. “But these things take time, it takes effort and manpower,” Hines said. “Generally speaking, our approach has usually been that instead of spending all this time on a thing we’ve already made, why don’t we instead spend that effort on something new, or on the next version of that thing?”

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  1. CrabCombat
    January 12, 2017 at 11:24 am

    What would they even do for a remastered Oblivion? Turn the bloom up until it’s just a white screen?

  2. Mr0303
    January 12, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Translation they don’t want to put the extra work to remake any other games in the series.

  3. BlueLight
    January 12, 2017 at 11:51 am

    no duh.Honestly, i wouldn’t if i were them. Lets assume switching the graphics and physics engine was as simple as changing some files (Never is), then the script engine would require someone to go in by hand and reprogram each and every script. The script for Skyrim and Oblivion are vastly different.

    But okay, lets ignore the script engine. That can stay the same. Some captain obvious would say “…They don’t want to put the extra work to remake any other game…”

  4. Mr0303
    January 12, 2017 at 11:55 am

    So your point is that it takes more work to remaster older games? Talk about captain obvious…

  5. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 12, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Bethesda needs to #MakeTheSwitch

  6. Neojames82
    January 12, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    The fan made mods already out for Oblivion would out pace anything Bethesda could do anyway.

  7. BlueLight
    January 12, 2017 at 12:42 pm


  8. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    January 12, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    FF7 remake in a nutshell

  9. DrearierSpider
    January 12, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    The only remaster I want from them is Fallout: New Vegas. It’d be great to see how modders could overhaul The Strip without that 4GB limitation of its current 32 bit engine.

  10. Donwel
    January 12, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    The fan made mods for Skyrim outpace anything Bethesda HAVE done.

  11. Fenrir007
    January 12, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Why remake Morrowind and Oblivion when fans are doing it for free, and will likely continue working on improving those 2 games for decades? They know this.

  12. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    January 12, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I’d rather they just focus on making a proper RPG, but I’m pretty sure even that is going to be a tall order for them.

  13. Leandro Teixeira
    Leandro Teixeira
    January 12, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    The only good thing about a remastered Oblivion would be if they did it for consoles and it included all the PC exclusive DLC for all releases. KInd of BS the 5th Anniversary edition only had 2 DLCs while the PC has a dozen.

  14. Psichaos
    January 12, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Bethesda is the champion of releasing a game held together with duct tape and having modders work out the kinks. Of course they don’t want to put in extra effort. Its why Bethesda was the biggest pushers for charging money for mods and getting a piece of the pie off the backs of their biggest fans who go through the effort to fix their shit for them.

  15. Seveok112
    January 12, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I like playing skyrim

  16. Random Dude
    Random Dude
    January 12, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    That’s technically not bethesda’s work so I doubt they’ll do that.

  17. Phasmatis75
    January 13, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Can’t wait for that to fail and everyone that supported it to get livid when parts 2 through whatever don’t come out.

  18. Phasmatis75
    January 13, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Fan made projects for New Vegas and 4 are better than they have done as well. Sad when modders are better at the lore of the universe than the actual developers.

  19. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    January 13, 2017 at 1:11 am

    Judging by people’s reaction to 15’s narrative and story structure, I can see 7’s being butchered

    I guess Ill just stick to my original 1997 copy