UPDATE: Bethesda’s Pete Hines has cleared up the mystery surrounding the recent Australian listing for The Elder Scrolls: Arena, stating “There is no new version of the game coming,” and that the rumour was incited by a “clerical mix-up” by the Australian Classifications Board.
“It apparently was never formally in their system because the release of Arena pre-dated [the Australian Classification Board’s] existence,” he revealed to Joystiq.
“This is simply an error on [the classification board’s] part. It should just say PC, not multiplatform. We’ve notified them and they’re going to fix. There is no new version of the game coming. Just a clerical mix-up.”
While this may be a crushing blow to many Elder Scrolls fans out there, some consolation can be found in the form of the original game, which is currently available from Bethesda’s official site for free.
Now that it’s clear that the Skyrim team isn’t working on a new version of The Elder Scrolls: Arena, what would you like to see as their next project? We’ve got our fingers crossed for Fallout 4 here at Analog Addiction but be sure to let us know what you think down in the comments below.
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ORIGINAL STORY: Recently a listing for The Elder Scrolls: Arena has come to light in Australia’s Classification Database, leading many to speculate whether a re-imagining of the 1994 DOS adventure could currently be on Bethesda’s crafting table.
According to Game.On, the title was issued an M rating on April 9th due to the inclusion of “moderate violence”. The article also highlights the game as being “multi platform”, although specifics have yet been revealed.
So, what in Tamriel’s name could this new title be? A direct reboot? An HD remake perhaps? Or possibly even a portable title for mobile or handhelds?
As of yet there’s been no mention of a release date and Bethesda is unlikely to start Fus Ro Dah-ing about it from the rooftops any time soon. So while we wait, let us know what you think it could be in the comments down below, and for all your questing needs be sure to fast-travel back to Analog Addiction.org!
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