Bethesda's Next Game May Be Released Sooner Than You Think

by Phil Kollar on Aug 16, 2010 at 09:39 AM

You need look no further than the recent guesses people have had about our unannounced cover stories to know that gamers are eager for whatever the next game is from Bethesda, the team that brought us Fallout 3 and the Elder Scrolls series. Luckily, according to a new interview with executive producer Todd Howard, that mystery game will not have a terribly long wait between its reveal and its release.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Howard said they're not ready to reveal their next game but gave away some exciting info about how far along it is:

"One thing I can say is that from when you first hear about it to when it's out will be the shortest it's been for us. It's pretty far along. When we show it, we want to show a lot, because there's a lot of game there to play right now."

Howard went on to say that the jump this game makes from Fallout 3 is an even bigger technical jump than Fallout 3 was compared to Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Even though it will be released on existing platforms, Howard says gamers will "almost feel like you have a new console when you see the game."

One other interesting tidbit? The game probably won't have a level cap:

"The sense of accomplishment every time you do something to get some XP [makes the game more fun]. So I think we'll make efforts in the future to not have [a level cap]."

Howard also noted that in addition to this mystery project that's "pretty far along," Bethesda's next next game is currently in pre-production. That means a healthy future of RPG awesomeness to get excited about.