Lack of input does not equal the lack of output.

I know that this news is getting old now, but it’s something that I didn’t really want to hear, but Bethesda has announced that Skyrim will be getting no more DLC.

That’s it. No more new Skyrim DLC. Everybody go home.

As if you would, eh? We’ll all just continue playing Skyrim until the next Elder Scrolls game comes out. Even then we would still play, right? I’m sure that a large portion of us would jump on over to the new Elder Scrolls MMO when it’s released properly.

In a recent blog a Bethesda team member wrote that “for the last year and a half we’ve been working on new content for Skyrim; from the game updates, Creation Kit, Steam Workshop, Kinect support, to the DLCs. Parts of our team have also been in pre-production on our next major project, and that game is at the point where it requires the studio’s full attention to make it our biggest and best work yet.”

“Even though we’re moving on, we’ll still have minor updates to Skyrim as needed. We’ve invested so much of ourselves into Skyrim and will never truly say goodbye to it.”

It’s a lovely notion that they’ll never say goodbye to such an amazing video game that has taken up no small portion of my last year away from me. Yet the name of this new production is beyond our reach for now. It’s not the Elder Scrolls MMO since there’s another team working on that. It’s a safe bet to say that it’s the next Elder Scrolls game after that but I feel it an even safer bet to think it the next in the Fallout series since Bethesda did make it a leapfrogging turn based production once upon a time.

Or so it appeared, anyway.

It’s a little saddening that there’ll be no more Skyrim DLC. It’s not the biggest of game worlds but it was so vast and large with its content that it honestly does sometimes feel as if it could go on forever. The DLCs served to expand that feeling. It would have been amazing if they’d dedicated a team to add new questlines and stories onto the game every couple of months in order to make it an unending game (within reason).

I’ll not say goodbye to Skyrim just yet. There’s no point in it. We all play games that have since gone out of fashion. There are a vast amount of people out there who still play decade old games from Steam and download emulators for the early Final Fantasies, Chrono Trigger and the umpteen thousand games that just don’t rear their heads anywhere but at car boot sales/yard sales.

Skyrim certainly hasn’t become dated just because there are no DLCs to be released anymore, it’s just as amazing as it was when it came out.

So here’s to the next game, be it Fallout or Elder Scrolls! Maybe it’s neither, who knows?

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