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Interview Todd Howard: 15 years of screwing up Elder Scrolls

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by DarkUnderlord, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. DarkUnderlord Bringing that old Raptor magic. Dumbfuck

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    Tags: Bethesda Softworks; Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

    <a href="http://planetelderscrolls.gamespy.com/fullstory.php?id=159095">Planet Elder Scrolls has an exclusive interview</a> with Todd Howard. After getting through the history lesson at the start, you get to the meat:
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    <blockquote><b>What is your name?</b>
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    Todd Howard</blockquote>
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    Deep. Moving on:
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    <blockquote><b>Have previous Elder Scrolls games had an effect on the development of later Elder Scrolls games? And if so, what are some examples?</b>
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    Of course. So much of what we do is a reaction to the last game. Just listening to people’s experiences with the previous game flavors what we do with the next one. If you look at Oblivion, the big new things, like the AI or the combat, were a reaction to the key criticisms of Morrowind. At the same time, we really try to do something new in each game. We want to keep the series fresh and usually start a game by trying to make the ‘end-all-be-all RPG’, regardless of what came before. I stay away from +1 sequels. Meaning, ‘it’s just like that game – plus this.’ I think that’s a good way to burn out your franchise. Most fans will usually ask for more skills or more races, things like that. But I don’t see those kinds of things adding to the experience. I wouldn’t add a race, I would ask ‘how can playing an Orc be even more unique?’ It’s about meaningful choice, not more choice.
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    [...]
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    <b>What has been Bethesda’s goal(s) when developing The Elder Scrolls games over the last 15 years?</b>
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    Each time out, we want to give people the biggest craziest game they’ve ever seen. A game where you can fantasize about who you would be and what you would do, and this is the one game that will let you do that.
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    [...]
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    <b>What is your favorite story from working at Bethesda over the years?</b>
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    Pete Hines won’t let me tell it. But it’s awesome. So awesome.</blockquote>
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    Todd Howard and Pete Hines: The Untold Love Story.
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    Thanks <b>luzur</b>!
     
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  2. Double Ogre Scholar

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    BTW, Todd Howard announced at his QuakeCon speech that they have no plans for Elder Scrolls 5.
    link
     
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  3. Ausir Arcane

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    I can't help replying to angry Elder Scrolls fans:

     
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  4. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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    Even though I would like to see how Elder Scrolls 5 would improve upon the horrible Oblivion (FO3 was better than OB, and I wonder if they would include some of FO3's elements into a new TES game) I'm quite glad that they don't plan on further rape of the Elder Scrolls setting right now. It's one of my favourite fantasy settings, loved all the lore from Morrowind, and I don't want them to destroy any more of it like they did in Oblivion.

    Also, fuck the "We don't make sequels that are like the previous games" mentality. It's just a retarded excuse for removing things hardcore fans liked and replacing them with more "accessible" dumbed down shit. If you make a sequel, make it like the previous game +++, if you want to make something different be creative and create a new franchise, or a spinoff like Battlespire and Redguard were.
     
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  5. Luzur Prestigious Gentleman Good Sir

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    hah, gotta milk that new cow for all its worth.

    we are going to see more Fallout degradation in the years to come i guess.

    [/quote]

    TES isnt your grandpa's game anymore.
     
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  6. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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  7. Luzur Prestigious Gentleman Good Sir

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    Ausir, are you trolling those poor chaps or are you serious with the whole online TES?

    and as usual princess_stomper comes rushing in to save the day with
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  8. Ausir Arcane

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    ZeniMax has set up ZeniMax Online Studios recently, and registered the following domains:

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  9. PlanHex Arcane Patron

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    Who messed with Ausir's programming and turned him into a baiting machine?
    Well done.
     
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    I bow before Ausir's trolling prowess.
     
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  11. Luzur Prestigious Gentleman Good Sir

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    wat :|

    huh, so they finally did it?

    well i will torrent it and use a free server as usual when it is released.
     
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  14. Ladonna Prophet

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    Everyone needs to get on over there and support the move to MMO. :lol:
     
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  15. Ausir Arcane

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    I'm not trolling. I'm genuinely excited about The Elder Scrolls finally going with the times, instead of catering to a vocal minority still clinging to obsolete notions like single-player.
     
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  16. WhiskeyWolf RPG Codex Polish Car Thief Patron

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    Srały muszki, będzie wisona.
     
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    So, the Risen translation bores you or what? :D Still, nice job, quite amusing.
     
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  19. RK47 will not happy agian Patron

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    It's like a monkey going apeshit over a mirror or something. Nice work.
     
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  20. Ausir Arcane

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    Hah, I was banned from TES forum:

     
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