Should The Elder Scrolls 6 or Skyrim 2 Approach A Horror Type Fantasy Story Telling?

Someplace like Black Marsh could be an interesting setting.

Posted By | On 13th, Sep. 2015 Under News

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While it’s true that it’s going to be a while before we see another Skyrim or Elder Scrolls 6, there’s no harm in trying to figure out what Bethesda might eventually have in the works when it comes to the plot and theme of a game that it seems likely will eventually be made. We’ve already talked about the fact that the game should have a better story than we’ve seen in the last couple of iterations in this series. What about if that story went a different direction entirely and embraced the popularity of the horror video game genre.

Bethesda has obviously borrowed from existing fantasy tropes in order to put out its Skyrim and Elder Scrolls games before. There are plenty of horror fantasy stories out there that the company could lean on. How about something like Black Marsh to be a model for this new game? The land is inhabited by a reptilian race known as the Argonians. While this part of the world has another name, “The Garbage Heap,” there is enough there that something rather spooky and frightening could be built using that part of the world.

This would also allow Bethesda to put out a new game that goes along with the series they’ve created but with a brand new feel. That could be the silver bullet that would make the first Elder Scrolls or Skyrim on the current generation of consoles stand out from the pack. Of course, this is all conjecture but Bethesda would be smart to listen.

This article is part of our weekly series on Bethesda’s next big entry into the world of The Elder Scrolls. Through this series we take a look at the possible new features that Bethesda can add into the next The Elder Scrolls game, based on what they implemented in the previous entries and player feedback.

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  • Shayneedward

    Do they need to do anything different? Skyrim was wildly popular, as will be ES6, virtually whatever storyline they choose.

  • Heidi

    I love survival horror, but I love Skyrim because it’s completely… different. I wouldn’t feel as if I had free will in a survival horror game version.

  • Jacob Dunman

    You are wanting a completely different game. The next Elder Scrolls game (never say Skyrim 2 if you want to be taken seriously) will not be in a different type. It will be open sandbox sword and sorcery in a different area of the Elder Scrolls world. If you want Survival Horror, go play a survival horror game. Or go find a good Skyrim Mod that does it. They are out there.

  • SteveInCali

    Skyrim already has zombies. It’s got a bit of everything. I like it for the most part, but the Dark Brotherhood is just random murder. And it has nothing to do with the story line. It’s like they tried to graft a different game on there. My issue is that it runs like molasses on my Win7 laptop, and switching between magic and combat takes too many clicks. Whatever happened to F1-F10?

    • Matt Deckman

      “My issue is that it runs like molasses on my Win7 laptop, and switching
      between magic and combat takes too many clicks. Whatever happened to
      F1-F10?” then you apparently have never tuned your machine. My 8 year old laptop can run it fine with mods. There are also function keys in the skyrim navigation system.

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  • Scott Johnson

    Skyrim 2. Just… no.

  • No horror, horror is boring. Military fantasy.

  • Digital Cleaner

    As a mod author for Skyrim I disagree about going to lizard land. Personally I would find both the Khajiit and Argonian races boring if the whole world I was exploring had no humans in it. I would hope they would go with a story with more excitement. Some kind of apocalypse that only the hero main character could survive. In case people haven’t noticed, apocalypse and post apocalyptic worlds are the most exciting and leave the most for surprises. Throw magic, lore and side stories such as vampires into it and you’ve got the winning combination that made their previous games so addicting and fun. Maybe having a DLC that went to say Black Marsh or Elsweyr yeah, but the whole story? Boring. I hope they grow the landscape into High Rock, Cyrodiil or with the Orcs in Wrothgarian, Dragontail an Orsinium.

    Best story I can think of would be with a powerful warlock like the king of worms or an all powerful Lich that is raising an army of the dead. A story like that could force all the kingdom’s to unite against such a powerful foe. This would take the player on a journey to all those lands behind enemy lines to try to unite them, collect up all the information from the worlds best mages needed to defeat said enemy, then to procure the magical artifacts needed to send that Lich back to Oblivion.


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    • LAMBDA471

      if you played the elder scrolls online, there are plenty of humans in the argonian zone, but mostly argonians, but the dark elf and argonian storylines in the respective zones were the most interesting to me

      when i went into the skyshit zones i started thinking, should i even bother with that northern snowy crap, or should i just do dungeons for leveling?

  • odubya23

    Since when was there a difference between Skyrim and the rest of the Elder Scrolls games? I’m reading increasing instances where the writer will write both Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls in a sentence like it’s discussing two different games. Did I miss something?

    • LAMBDA471

      The writer is too fascinated with skyrim and probably never played the previous games. Skyrim is just another TES game, but it’s really different from the previous ones, especially from Morrowind – half of the skills are gone for no particular reason, maybe not to make kids confused when they just want to be epic badasses fighting dragons and stealing their souls.

    • odubya23

      Kids suck, and they’re no reason to dumb down perfectly good games.

  • schurch

    Yeah, let’s take the longest running RPG franchise and make the next one a horror game. That makes sense. Also, the black marsh would make for a horrible setting no playable races can live there other than the Argonians thanks to a sickness at the end of the oblivion crisis. If you are going to be writing a series on a game, you should probably know a thing or to about it.

  • btao

    I personally would like to see the game go back. Waaaay back. There’s always lore about the ancients and you go through every game in the ruins and use the old runes and ancient powers in your “modern” quest.

    How about we delve deep into an ancient storyline where the foundations of ancient society play a pseudo time driven role where ancient meets modern based on how the ancient lore unfolds. Instead of ruins, you’re immersed in the development of the ancients. Pick the role of a disgruntled but exceedingly powerful: underground society, single magical banished leader, bloodline looking for revenge, or another atypical power source of influence. I would rather face complex decision making with far reaching implications, that could be as far reaching as in a flash forward 4,000 years. When developing the ancient world, you’d be discovering unknown sources of power, then conspiring to make them useful. You would create the spaces that have been seen in the TES series so far, and you just created the opportunity to establish a new thread for future series. By following the banished or oppressed, you could create a new “Australia” world with no history and free for all to come to order. Or, a new world like North America/South America with new indigenous species/races to face.

    Anyone else have any further expansion ideas on this? Agree/Disagree?

    • LAMBDA471

      I totally agree with you, and it would be amazing if they made the zone the game world is situated in really huge, like not just 400 hours of gameplay, but 800 hours. That will be a massive game. What I don’t like about the Witcher series is that the combat is retarded and you can’t choose how your character looks, what race it belongs to, etc. That’s why TES series is superior, it has replay value.

  • Tim

    What, like add zombies, werewolves, vampires, and ghosts to the game?

    • LAMBDA471

      there are already zombies, werewolves, vampires and ghosts in the game… its just that they are part of the whole, not the main focus

    • Tim

      I was being sarcastic. I know those elements are there.

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