Todd Howard Prefers Not to Remaster Morrowind, Fallout 1

Todd Howard Prefers Not to Remaster Morrowind, Fallout 1

Bethesda is also big enough that it doesn't have to outsource development.

You all know the meme, what system isn't Bethesda's Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim available on? First appearing on PS3, PC, and Xbox 360 consoles Skyrim has since been remastered and re-released on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and VR. But Bethesda's Todd Howard says that you shouldn't expect to see older Elder Scrolls games like Morrowind receive the same treatment.

In an interview with The Guardian Bethesda director Todd Howard says that he'd rather you play Morrowind in its original form. "I'm happy that you can play Morrowind now on an Xbox One, as it's backwards compatible. I'm really happy that Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and others are making it easier for people to play [older games] as they were played at the time. I actually prefer that over remasters," said Howard.

The closest you'll get is Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind apparently.

Howard goes into some specifics about why a Morrowind remaster isn't in the cards and it sounds like it comes down to just how the development cycle went for Skyrim compared to Morrowind. "For Skyrim remastered, we had done some work on it but it was already pretty visually close. But for something like Morrowind, my personal preference is not to remaster it." Howard cites that he feels similarly for requests asking for remasters of Fallout 1, saying that players can just play the original on PC the way it was meant to be played.

The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind first came out on PC and Xbox in 2002. Directed by Todd Howard, Morrowind was a popular western RPG that set the stage for Elder Scrolls on consoles. It was followed by Elders Scrolls 4: Oblivion on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, and of course Skyrim.

The Guardian interview touches on other development tidbits from Howard and Bethesda. For instance, even though Fallout: New Vegas proved to be a big success after Bethesda outsourced the game to an external development team at Obsidian, it's unlikely future Bethesda games will outsource big games in the future. This is because Bethesda has grown so much that such a move is unnecessary.

Skyrim continues to be one of the most popular PC RPGs. You can find our complete Skyrim guide with walkthroughs, tips, and secrets. Or you can find our list of best Skyrim mods in case you want to spice up your adventure with some creator content.

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