Recently a speech at QuakeCon led to a snowballing assumption that Bethesda won't be doing another Elder Scrolls, but that "was not a direct quote" says Pete Hines.
Bethesda are "going to do another Elder Scrolls", given how "enormously popular" the last one was. As for the Elder Scrolls MMO talk, Todd Howard and team "do not make MMOs".
"Apparently some folks got a bit upset by reports based on Todd’s talk at QuakeCon last week," Hines, referring to Todd Howard's speech at QuakeCon.
"An article came out where Todd was quoted as saying we had no plans for a TES V. He did not say that. That was not a direct quote from him. That was someone’s interpretation of what he said. I know, I was there."
"At his QuakeCon talk he was asked when TESV is coming out and Todd replied, “Don’t look for a new Elder Scrolls game in the near future.” He also went on to say how much the franchise means to us and that it definitely will continue."
"He just wasn’t going to provide any timeframe on “when.” This should not be news to anyone that has been paying attention. Both Todd and I have said repeatedly that, of course, we’re going to do another Elder Scrolls game. The last one was enormously popular."
Further down in his blog post, Hines clears up another matter that is sure to dig them in the side for a while longer yet; the MMO.
"In regards to the MMO comment, he was asked if there was “any chance of an Elder Scrolls MMO” and he replied — in a joking fashion — by saying “I guess there’s a chance.” To be clear, Todd and his team do not make MMOs, for any franchise, at all."
He points to ZeniMax Online Studios as their MMO centric team, and when they're ready to spill the beans they will. "When ZeniMax Online is ready to show what they are up to, we’ll let everyone know. Until then we aren’t going to provide hints or speculate on what they’re doing either," he said, adding, "Hope that helps clear things up." Do The Elder Scrolls count among your top games?