The Elder Scrolls Online Team Making New Game With New Engine
ZeniMax Online Studios, the developer behind The Elder Scrolls Online, is working on a new game. The studio has also confirmed that this new game will not be using HeroEngine, the licensed engine used for The Elder Scrolls Online and games like Star Wars: The Old Republic.
In the June 2019 issue of the Official Xbox Magazine (Issue #177), ZeniMax Online boss Matt Firor spilled some information about the team’s next game. Firor confirmed that the team is “accepting applications for people to work on a new engine for a new triple-A game.” Some job listings on the ZeniMax Online website are for positions such as lead technical artist, lead gameplay camera designer, senior live services manager, and senior graphics engineer.
Firor didn’t reveal much about the game, however, the job listings do confirm that this is for a “major new IP.” So, fans shouldn’t expect to see The Elder Scrolls Online 2, or another Fallout multiplayer game like Fallout 76. That also means that the developer isn’t making an MMORPG out of series like Dishonored, Rage, or Prey, which are three other franchises also published by (The Elder Scrolls Online) publisher Bethesda.
The job descriptions do suggest that the game will be a multiplayer game, though. There are two job listings for live services managers who have experience in supporting online games with content after they have launched. The Elder Scrolls Online has had many post-launch expansions and DLC such as the Wolfhunter DLC and the Summerset DLC.
With a name like “ZeniMax Online” it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the next game will be about online gameplay too, but those who have enjoyed the developer’s approach to post-launch content will be satisfied.
It also sounds as though the next game from The Elder Scrolls Online developer will not only be released on PS4 and Xbox One. The job listings confirm that this game is still in “pre-production.” Making a game in a new IP with a new game engine is a massive task and it seems unlikely that the ZeniMax Online team will release the game before the rumored next Xbox and PS5 release date of 2020.
The ZeniMax Online team would also be inline with Bethesda Game Studios, which is making The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield for next-generation consoles. If the new game is aiming to next-gen then it could be some time until it is officially announced.