The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released back in 2011, but yet fast forward 7 years later, the game is still being talked about and still being released. Take for example how there was a port of the game that brought it onto the Nintendo Switch, and let’s not forget the “Special Edition” which basically introduced upgrade graphics to the game.
In fact just last month during E3, Bethesda announced an Alexa skill that allowed players to enjoy Skyrim using their voice. Based on all of this, it certainly sounds like there are no plans to stop releasing variants of the game, which is pretty much what Bethesda is going on. Speaking with Geoff Keighley at Gamelab 2018, Bethesda’s Todd Howard said the company will keep releasing Skyrim-related content as long as fans keep buying it.
According to Howard, “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.” As DualShockers points out, Bethesda is not alone in this and points at how Ubisoft used to approach the Assassin’s Creed franchise, where they would release a new game on an annual basis which the company claimed was due to the demand for it.
That being said, it’s not necessarily a bad thing either especially now that gamers know that The Elder Scrolls VI is being developed, so having variations of Skyrim to play while they wait for its sequel could help tide them over until the time comes.