Bethesda has announced that Skyrim's time is coming to a close; they will be pulling resources from the team in order to work on their next major title.
The Bethesda Blog is the bearer of bad news, as an official post has declared that the studio is going to be turning their attention away from Skyrim to focus on their next project. Parts of the current Skyrim team will be pulled to make the developer’s “biggest and best work yet”. Bethesda says that no more DLC will be released for the game, but that minor updates will be implemented as needed. It isn’t the end of the road just yet, but we can see it from here.
Dovakhiin, fah hin kogaan mu draal!
In the post, Bethesda thanks their fans for their feedback ever since The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim first entered into the design phase in 2006. In many ways it has lifted the Elder Scrolls series into a pop cultural phenomenon that few media franchises ever see. Skyrim has sold 10 million copies so far, and during January of 2012 was the most played game on steam.
Below is an excerpt from the blog post:
For the last year and a half we’ve been working on new content for Skyrim; from the game updates, Creation Kit, Steam Workshop, Kinect support, to DLCs. Parts of our team have also been in pre-production on our next major project, and that game is at the point where it requires the studio’s full attention to make it our biggest and best work yet.
Even though we’re moving on, we’ll still have minor updates to Skyrim as needed. We’ve invested so much of ourselves into Skyrim and will never truly say goodbye to it.