With the buzz of E3 just around the corner, it’s difficult not to look into all of the rumors and leaked information that will most likely be unveiled at the conference. That being said, two of the biggest titles in the rumor mill are Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption and their remasters. While they are both well respected games as well as well respected developers, remastering the two and releasing them for newer generation consoles seems a little bit like a cop-out in a time where remasters are everywhere.
Of course, no one expects Bethesda to pump something out like a sixth Elder Scrolls game only a year after the release of Fallout 4, but fans of the franchise want something new, I know that I do. In the four, almost five, years since its release, Skyrim is still one of the most heavily downloaded and heavily modded games to ever have been released on PC, giving even casual gamers something to be excited about. The only problem with that is that since its release, Elder Scrolls Online was released and took a litle bit of a dive on the Elder Scrolls series, allowing room for a new installment to take the reigns on the series. Why not talk more about the Khajit? Why not talk more about the Dwemer? There are plenty of routes that Bethesda can take and although Skyrim would sell/be pre-ordered faster than the Final Fantay XV collector’s edition, it still doesn’t make up for what could have been.
On that note, Rockstar might go down that same path with Red Dead Redemption. Grand Theft Auto V also happens to be one of those heavily downloaded and heavily modded games and while people are still very happy with that, no one can say that they wouldn’t be excited for a second Red Dead Redemption. *SPOILER* John Marston is dead, so there is room for a whole new protagonist in an even bigger world with even more quests and missions to go on. But, the real honest truth is that this has been teased for so long that it would be disappointing if Rockstar doesn’t deliver it this year. I mean, if YS Net was able to announce Shenmue 3 last year, a game that had been set to be announced sometime within the last 15 years since the last installment, Rockstar can do the same. There isn’t any real pressure on them, really. Rockstar might take their time with their releases but they always end up being top notch, (still waiting for Bully 2).
While none of this has anything to do with either Bethesda or Rockstar’s inability to deliver great games, because EVERYONE knows that isn’t true, it would be sad not to see them do more than just remasters. We will just have to wait and see this coming week for more information on what both of these developers will be announcing.