The Elder Scrolls 6 or Skyrim 2: Should Bethesda Consider Boss Battles?

It would almost certainly make the game better.

Posted By | On 01st, Nov. 2015 Under News


Despite the fact that Bethesda has never confirmed it is even working on an Elder Scrolls 6 or a Skyrim 2, we would be pretty naive if we thought the game wasn’t going to be made at some point. the series and Skyrim in particular has simply been too popular to think the company would come anywhere close to leaving it in the dust. This is still the case despite the fact Elder Scrolls Online didn’t meet with the commercial success the firm hoped.

That’s why we’ve been busy over the last couple of months trying to guess at what we think is in the game, what should be in the game and what we definitely don’t want to see. One thing we would definitely like to see added to the game would be an immersive and fun to play gameplay mechanics like intriguing boss battles. It’s not like this kind of feature is unheard of in games like this. There are plenty of adventure, open world games that are made that much better when people are able to fight against a daunting boss.

This becomes even more fun when you can do it with a buddy by your side. It doesn’t matter whether or not this is couch co-op or online, this a feature that should be in the game. If Bethesda chose to offer boss battles with co-op support, it could turn out into something unique. We’ll just have to wait and see if the company will eventually agree.

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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  • Richard Boulanger

    Elder Scrolls needs to go back to its roots and offer enormous play space, far far more complexity that we’ve seen of late. Striving to reach a common denominator at the sake of quality and plot line and voice acting has resulted in mediocre games. Leave the mediocrity to the online version. Yes, I would love to see a cooperative version for this, but again, the plot line tends to be the unknown hero’s quest. Again, I would argue that the online version offers that very well. I’d love to see a game that offered more of Tamriel on the scale and complexity of Morrowind.

  • XbotMK1

    Skyrim 2 please. Make it bigger. Skyrim didn’t seem to be accurate in scale.

  • Nerilldp

    Skyrim is a single player game – that’s why I like it. Making it so the only way to complete the game is to co-op would drive me (and many others, I suspect) away. If you want multi-player games to take down bosses play Warcraft. Don’t mess up a perfect game.

    • Todd

      I agree. I know that I would definitely NOT being willing to play such a game and I have own and played ALL the Elder Scrolls games since the beginning.

    • Jim Valley

      I’m with you. The reason I play video games is to meet a personal challenge ON MY OWN. It’s between me and the game designer. The LAST thing I want is to deal with other people when I’m trying to play a video game. I know many people love this mode, but it’s just not for me.

  • Michael Howard

    Lay off the “Skyrim 2”. Instead of being “busy over the last couple of months trying to guess at what we think is in the game”, spend some time getting reacquainted with the Elder Scrolls series and realize there wasn’t an Arena 2, Daggerfall 2, Morrowind 2, or Oblivion 2. Also realize co-op play is what the MMORPG Elder Scrolls Online is for, while the single-player offline games are (duh) intended to be a rich single-player experience.

    When a game tries to be all things to all people, it is watered-down and over-simplified. I long for an old-school RPG that makes you WORK for your rewards instead of catering to casual, part-time, “I only have a few minutes to play” gamers that expect to be led around by the nose.

  • Mr Cat

    No, defineately not a sequel. There are other regions of Tamriel to explore so there isn’t a need to revisit past areas yet.

  • Todd

    I think “boss battles” would be a TERRIBLE idea. Judging by this article and your other article about what you don’t want to see in the next Elder Scrolls game I would say two things seem pretty likely. 1. You seem to be one of the younger generation of console gamers that only likes the watered down stuff. and 2. You just don’t get it. To those of us that have been with them from the beginning, everything you are saying you want is the opposite of what made Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls series the great games that they are .

    • schurch

      Replaying BG and NWN right now. Reminds me of what a role playing video game should be 🙂

    • Nerilldp

      Yes! Yes x infinity + 1

    • The Dude

      How about you explain how including boss battles or large hardcore enemies would undermine the game?
      You haven’t presented anything here other than your opinion which is simply contrary to the one held by the article’s author.

      What makes TES games great games is not ‘absence of multiplayer and boss battles’ (i.e. the opposite of what you claim the authors opinion is)
      It’s the breadth of the games, the attention to detail and consistency with the lore, the world design and the characters within them. Small things that add up to a greater sum of the parts which make you feel like you are a part of the world, that you are experiencing it through the player character.

      This is the essence of the open world roleplaying that defines the game.

      I don’t think this is mutually exclusive from what is proposed by the author in this article.

      Since you show at least a little contempt for the ‘younger generation’ I
      suspect that you imagine that straight pandering clones of the multiplayer models found in the games of their demographic would be the models Bethesda would cash in on and tarnish the series.

      All of that last bit is just my speculation, but if that was the case I would trust Bethesda to be tactful about the process and include it only when it worked with the vision of the series as a whole.

  • Observations99

    Boss battle?!? Why that will make it just like every other sword and sorcery mmo out there….. Why make something unique wen you can just clone everyone else. Dumbest idea ever.

  • schurch

    Can gamingbolt please hire someone who plays and likes roleplaying games? I know you need to keep the buzz going on the ES series but whoever is writing this is clearly a adventure or fps gamer who has no clue how to write about RPGs. Pro tip: Ask a potential writer what they play in pen and paper. If they don’t have an answer, they probably shouldn’t be writing about RPGs.

    • Jim Valley

      “Pro tip”! How arrogant you are. Where is YOUR article published?

    • Drakulus

      What he wrote didn’t come across as arrogant. These articles are pretty bad imo. Every Elder Scrolls fan should already know there won’t be a Skyrim 2…

      I love Skyrim to death, but honestly I’m ready to move on to another game in another setting. Here’s to hoping the next Elder Scrolls game comes sooner rather then later.

  • Ocelotty1

    Just don’t stick microtransactions into the mix (shudder)

  • Ninja4848

    my 3 points:
    1) i think boss battles would add to the game, but dont force us to do them for everything. the occasional one would be fun, one for every quest would ruin the game
    2)DONT MAKE IT CO-OP. you cant make a coop game fun for solo ppl, visa versa
    3) dont call it skyrim 2. even if its in skyrim again, i would call it tes 6.

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