Hines: Remastering Games Takes Effort & Manpower, Bethesda Would Rather Create Something New


Pete Hines, VP of PR and Marketing at Bethesda, got featured in an interview with Xbox: The Official Magazine a while ago. GamesRadar published the interview on their site recently and there are at least a couple noteworthy tidbits, the first one being that you probably shouldn't expect a whole lot of remasters from Bethesda after Skyrim Special Edition.

Generally speaking, yeah. We did one for Dishonored but that was a unique case where it was a new IP at the very end of the last generation of consoles. So remastering it and bringing it to this gen wasn’t a ton of work and it made a lot of sense given the proximity of those two. Skyrim was more about the work that Bethesda Game Studios had done in the early days of getting ready for Fallout 4 on this generation of consoles – moving the Skyrim engine and doing some work to run it on this generation of consoles just to see how it worked, and so forth, before they started doing all their Fallout stuff. It’s the most recent thing they did.

Plus the mod support on consoles that we did for Fallout 4 – being able to bring that to Skyrim seemed like a pretty cool idea. But these things take time, it takes effort and manpower. Generally speaking, our approach has usually been that instead of spending all this time on a thing we’ve already made, why don’t we instead spend that effort on something new, or on the next version of that thing?

Hines also doesn't think Bethesda needs to go in a drastically different direction, rather than just keep improving their games.

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People are always like, “What are your future plans for Bethesda?” Honestly, my future plans are to do what we did last time, only better. It’s not like we have to go in some completely different direction, make pinball games or whatever. We make games; let’s make the next one better. Let’s figure our new and interesting ways to market it and connect with our fans.

Do you agree with Pete Hines or would you like to see more remasters from Bethesda? Let us know in the comments.