Future Bethesda titles to “take advantage” of Skyrim engine, says Hines

Tuesday, 25th January 2011 08:04 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Bethesda PR boss Pete Hines has confirmed to VG247 that other Bethesda Game Studios projects will “take advantage” of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’s new Creation Engine.

Skyrim marks the first time a new engine has been used in the series since Gamebryo in Oblivion. Bethesda retained the engine, which was heavily criticised by gamers, for Fallout 3 and Obsidian’s Fallout: New Vegas.

But Hines told us that the Skyrim tech will be used for whatever Todd Howard and his team make next after Skyrim, meaning the chances of it being used for Fallout 4 are pretty high.

“Yeah, I mean obviously, whatever Bethesda Game Studios works on after Skyrim will take advantage of the tech that they have developed,” he said to us in a phone interview last week.

Hines continued: “But what that next product is or what it’s going to be? Everybody’s gonna have to wait and see.

“Right now, it’s been used for Skyrim and that’s what our focus is on. We aren’t saying what they’re going to work on next.”

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim releases on November 11 worldwide for PS3, 360 and PC.

Our full interview with Pete Hines goes live later this week.



  1. SimonMason

    can’t wait for this game

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    I hope new IP in the future and Fallout 4 with new engine for Obsidian entertainment.

    Then i’m happy.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. klewd

    Fallout 4 = skyrim with guns.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    If I’m being brutally honest, I’m far more interested in seeing more Fallout than Elder Scrolls. Sorry, guys. :-)

    #4 4 years ago
  5. 2plus2equals5

    I’m sure that we’ll see this title on psp2 :D

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Anders

    @5 Wait, are you serious?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. StolenGlory


    I think I know what he means :) If you recall, a conversion of the original Oblivion called The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Journeys was due to come out on the original PSP back in the day.

    News and details on the title went quiet after the original announcement and predictably the game was quietly canned.

    I guess 2plus2equals5 is trying to be ironic; suggesting that a similar thing may happen with the next Elder Scrolls title in relation to the next iteration of PSP hardware.

    Either that, or I am giving him far too much credit. :/

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Elven_Star

    Why not? PSP2 is ‘apparently’ as powerful as a PS3.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Stardog

    I’m calling it right now on VG247. Bethesda will get the Star Wars license at some point.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Crysis

    @9, Their basic engine would work well with a Star Wars RPG like the old republic, as long as it’s not fucking turn baased.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Blerk

    I’d buy that!

    #11 4 years ago
  12. StolenGlory

    For a dollar!

    #12 4 years ago
  13. 2plus2equals5

    a)as eleven said the psp2 is described “as powerful as the ps3″
    b)As stolen said there were plans for a psp version of oblivion, cancelled due to tecnical difficulties(if i’m not wrong)
    c)skyrim will use a new engine(i remember that time ago itagaki said that his team is working to make scalable the engine of devil third to make the game run on an “unannounced hardware”)

    so i see a psp2 version coming ;)

    #13 4 years ago
  14. TheWulf

    @13: The terminology is more ‘visually as powerful as the PS3′, this means that it can produce PS3 visuals, but that other elements may be lacking behind (such as raw processing power). It’s unreasonable to expect that that won’t be the case.


    I’m not at all saying you’re wrong. Gamebryo is a very scalable engine, and I suspect that their new Creation engine will be just as scalable. All they’ll do is tone down certain elements that the PSP2 cannot handle. So it’ll look likely damn near as good as the PS3 version, but you may not be able to see as far into the distance, and you may see more ‘low detail’ mobs if you end up with a crowd of critters attacking you.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. vault2281

    Hope you can kill kids again like the old Fallouts and not like the sissy game Fallout 3 which made Fallout New Vegas less enjoyable and also not on the east coast again.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Fin

    Ladies and gentleman, a new record for the longest gap between comments!
    Eight months and four days!

    Round of applause please!

    #16 3 years ago

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