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[IMGW]http://www.1up.com/media?id=2239945[/IMGW]The next Elder Scrolls game is a long ways off, folks. Bethesda Softworks has a tendency to focus one game at a time, and with work on every version of [Register or Login to view links] tapering off, their eyes have turned to [Register or Login to view links]. Of course, they have teams experimenting with upcoming projects simultaneously, so discussion on the follow-up to Oblivion have already started within their ranks. Speaking to [Register or Login to view links], the studio's VP of PR and marketing Pete Hines speculated a bit.

"Well, I can tell you that since Oblivion has been such a smashing success that I'm sure we will do it [Elder Scrolls V], but there are no immediate plans right now," said Hines. As for what form Elder Scrolls V would take, that's still up in the air. An MMO seems a natural, evolutionary step for the series, but while Hines doesn't suggest that's a direction for Elder Scrolls V, the possibility of a new game has been bounced around. He doubts, however, they would go forward unless they had a "fresh idea" for the genre.

Needless to say, don't expect to hear much about Elder Scrolls V for a couple years -- nearing the end of this generation's life cycle seems fairly likely.

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