[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 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion tapering off, their eyes have turned to Fallout 3. 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 Pro-G, 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 like a natural evolutionary step for the series, and while Hines says that's already been bounced around, he doubts they would do it 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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