The Elder Scrolls Online developer Zenimax Online Studios is also working on a new engine and a new AAA IP

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What you need to know

  • ZeniMax Online Studios is part of the Bethesda Softworks family of studios.
  • ZeniMax Online Studios currently managed The Elder Scrolls Online but is also working on a new engine and a new IP.
  • This project is still early in development.

ZeniMax Online Studios is best known for developing the ongoing MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) The Elder Scrolls Online. While this expansion is continuing to grow with expansions such as Greymoor, ZeniMax Online Studios is also working on a new engine and a new AAA IP.

In an interview with Official Xbox Magazine (June 2019, issue 177), as spotted by Fextralife, Matt Firor, Game Director for The Elder Scrolls Online, confirmed that the studio is working on a new engine and a new project, saying "Yeah. Not a lot of people have picked up on this, but if you look on our job site you'll see that we are accepting applications for people to work on a new engine for a new triple-A game. So yes, we have ideas, but we're committed to ESO for as long as it takes."

Alex Tardif, Lead Graphics Engineer at ZeniMax Online Studios, recently stated on Twitter that "Not much to say about this yet, but it's been so much fun creating a brand new engine. With how rare this kind of thing is nowadays, I feel fortunate to be at this studio while we invest heavily in our own technology."

It'll be interesting to see what form this project takes now that Bethesda Softworks is part of Xbox. Bethesda has confirmed that The Elder Scrolls Online will get a free upgrade on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PS5.

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