Bethesda Softworks has said that the Elder Scrolls series "definitely will continue" despite reports to the contrary during QuakeCon.
"An article came out where Todd was quoted as saying we had no plans for [The Elder Scrolls V]. He did not say that. That was not a direct quote from him. That was someone's interpretation of what he said. I know, I was there," the developer's Pete Hines wrote in a post on its blog.
"At his QuakeCon talk he was asked when TESV is coming out and Todd replied, 'Don't look for a new Elder Scrolls game in the near future.' He also went on to say how much the franchise means to us and that it definitely will continue. He just wasn't going to provide any timeframe on 'when'.
"This should not be news to anyone that has been paying attention. Both Todd and I have said repeatedly that, of course, we're going to do another Elder Scrolls game," Hines wrote.
He added that neither of them, nor anyone else at Bethesda, was going to comment on speculation or hint at a possible future, and went on to further distance the developer from reports about URLs related to an Elder Scrolls MMO and a joke Howard made during his QuakeCon talk on the subject.
The last Elder Scrolls, Oblivion, came out in 2006 and was a minor success among people with sentience. Bethesda followed it up with Fallout 3 last year, but has kept quiet since about its next big game, although it admits there is one in development.
Perhaps it's a new Elder Scrolls game! We're surprised nobody is considering this.