I have played an embarrassing amount of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. And I mean that literally: I’m so embarrassed at the amount of time that I’ve spent playing this game, time that would probably have been better put towards improving myself in some way, that I’m not actually going to tell you what that amount is. And even having said that, I’m still finding tiny bits of story, little unexplored bits of the massive Skyrim game map, little twists in technique and strategy, that keep the game fresh… and that’s even without touching the massive and game-changing world of player-created mods for the PC version.
A lot of gamers like me are going to be spending this week engrossed in Fallout 4, and they’ll enjoy it for a lot of the same reasons. However, I’ve never been all that interested in Bethesda’s other sprawling RPG series, because I find the post-apocalyptic world off-putting. The setting just sucks all of the life out of me. I know I’m in the minority here, and that’s OK. Similarly, the MMO structure of Elder Scrolls Online turns me off – aside from the significant amount of money needed to actually play the game when it first launched, the go-anywhere, do-anything, conquer the world feeling I get from the single-player games doesn’t interest me if I need to share it with others, and indeed, rely on them for my own success. I’ve not tried ESO, it may be brilliant, but based on my experiences with MMOs in the past, I’m just not interested.
So here I sit, patiently waiting for the next true entry in the Elder Scrolls series. Since Bethesda is just wrapping up production on the core of Fallout 4 and will likely spend the next year or so on support and DLC, I think it’s the perfect time to throw my wishes for the next fantasy RPG out into the ether. Of course no one at Bethesda is obligated to grant them; hell, they’re rather long-winded and specific, so I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t even read them. But I’ll vainly hope that my requests, gently critical as they may be, could win over some hearts and minds.