Bethesda Rumored to be Announcing Elder Scrolls V at E3

oblivion_boxesWithout question, one of the most beloved series of games ever made is Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls series. From 1994′s The Elder Scrolls: Arena to 2006′s The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, the series has seen both critical and retail success with every release.

Now, there’s a rumor floating around the net that Bethesda will announce the next title in the blockbuster series at E3 in a little less than two weeks. According to Abstract360.com, the latest issue of Famitsu magazine lists the ‘surprises’ that many companies will reveal at E3. However, Bethesda’s ‘surprise’ is listed as “secret.”

Now, this doesn’t necessarily signal another Elder Scrolls title, but there are some signs that would point to just that. First, back in 2008, GamesIndustry.biz reported that Paul Oughton, publishing executive for Bethesda, had indicated that the next Elder Scrolls game would release in 2010.

Further more, the development time between Morrowind and Oblivion was just about 4 years. Since Oblivion released in 2006, that would make late 2010 look just about right for another title in the series.

That all sounds good, but you should also keep in mind that a little less that a year ago at QuakeCon 2009, Bethesda’s Todd Howard (who was the Executive Producer for both Oblivion and Fallout 3) said, “Don’t look for a new Elder Scrolls game in the near future.”

As much as I would love to see another Elder Scrolls title, I would be more inclined to believe that this announcement is related to the oft-discussed Elder Scrolls MMO, previously confirmed by Pete Hines of Bethesda to be in production at Zenimax Online.

What do you think? Will we see another Elder Scrolls game, is it the Elder Scrolls MMO, or is Bethesda just messing with all of us?

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