It’s easy to understand why Bethesda are confident about the holiday season; The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, their latest open-world RPG, is one of the year’s most anticipated, even when stacked up to the competition. But with so many enticing games on the horizon, the developer knows that not every title can sell as well as hoped.
At least that’s what vice president Pete Hines has told to Eurogamer. Whilst attending this year’s QuakeCon, he revealed that: “It’s probably healthy for the industry because the industry gets a lot of attention when there’s all these things happening, just like the movie industry gets a lot of buzz when there’s a bunch of really big things at the movies and everyone’s talking about them all.
“It’s probably not healthy for everyone who has one of those titles, because as you rightly pointed out usually someone gets the short end of the stick. Someone ends up falling short and not doing quite what they expected to do.”
In recent years some top titles have backed away from the holiday season and out into the open air of January – March. Hines noted this stating: “This is also fairly unique – it’s not like it happens every year, it’s a bit cyclical. And it’s not even specific to when we’re out in early November – starting in September all the way through to November, stepping out of my job and looking at the period of time as a gamer, it’s amazing.
“How long do I have in order to play and finish this game before that one comes out?”
Aside from Skyrim, Bethesda are also publishing id Software’s Rage later this year. How does Hines think these two titles will perform? “We’re feeling very good about both Rage and Skyrim and very good about our line-up for this holiday season.”
Looks for both titles on PC, PS3 and 360 as the holiday season approaches.