The Elder Scrolls series has a devoted fan base, some of which have been engaged with this fantasy world since its first instalment in 1994 with The Elder Scrolls: Arena. Bethesda have evolved with the series, and by proxy, have become one of the most respected developers in the video game industry with over 30 million sales within the Elder Scrolls series alone.
Naturally, the Scrolls games have an enormous following especially now with Skyrim being the most successful title in the franchise's history. But does that mean that Elder Scrolls 6 should follow in Skyrim's footsteps on its release date? Should Bethesda look to the series' roots for inspiration? Perhaps Morrowind or Oblivion are closer to what fans of the Elder Scrolls series are longing for following the release date of Fallout 4?
Should Bethesda's Elder Scrolls 6 Follow Morrowind or Skyrim?
Skyrim has already been labelled as one of the greatest games ever developed. It's a remarkable world to explore, rich with lore, teaming with exploration, coupled with an extraordinary soundtrack and some great voice acting (looking at you Christopher Plummer). That being said, I didn't feel as engaged with its world as I have with the likes of Morrowind or Oblivion.
The major complaint that pervaded the industry in terms of Skyrim's gameplay was its lack of immersion. I certainly fell victim to this difficulty as the campaign's plot-line often failed to engage me in ways previous Elder Scrolls games had. Skyrim didn't feel like a game that was designed to have players solely engaging with its missions - it's almost a whole new life. You can get a job, join a guild, wander the countryside, and so much more (as you can with all the other Elder Scrolls games) - perhaps I didn't do enough of these things to truly love Skyrim. But I like a game's story to inspire me to explore beyond the boundaries of its narrative. I didn't have that desire very often with Skyrim.
I still feel like Skyrim failed to make me want to explore every cave and dungeon it had in store. Obviously this was a serious shame, especially due to how much I loved Morrowind. I mean, Skyrim is enormous - though for all of its enormity as a player that likes to feel engaged by a captivating story, it just didn't cut it for me. Therefore, I'd love to see a lot more focus placed on the campaign section of Elder Scrolls 6, with something on par with Morrowind for its release date.
But what about you guys - did you adore Skyrim and all that it had to offer? Did you prefer aspects of Morrowind or Oblivion over Bethesda's latest game? Be sure to let us know what you'd like to see changed for the release date of Elder Scrolls 6!