When Bethesda announced that a remastered version of Skyrim would be released later this year, a lot of fans were probably thinking: why not Oblivion, too? After all, Oblivion made record sales figures just like Skyrim. Well, Pete Hines from the company has recently explained this decision in simple terms. Hines states that the work to remaster Oblivion wouldn’t be “impossible” but it would be “mountainous”.
Oblivion was a monumental RPG as well – a lot of Bethesda fans are even preferring the older game. But judging from the comments made by Hines on behalf of the company, it seems that remastering the older game is just too difficult, especially when they could focus on remastering the wonderfully crafted world of Skyrim. It’s worth remembering that Oblivion is also ten years old. It exists on a much more outdated engine.
Hines essentially poses the question: remaster Oblivion, which could take as long as developing an entire new game, or focus on remastering Skyrim and extend its graphical and gameplay potential? Of course, Bethesda went with the latter. The financial gain from a Skyrim remaster could also potentially allow the company to fund a new game in the future.
According to Hines, Bethesda has already ported Skyrim onto the Xbox One as a technical test so development of the game must be well ahead.
The remaster of Skyrim, including DLC already installed and with mod support on PC and consoles, will be available later this year on Xbox, PS4 and PC.