Bethesda: No More Skyrim DLC or Major Updates
Skyrim has been a labor of love for us since we started designing it in 2006. We never imagined it would become the phenomenon it has. And that is because of you, the fans. It was all of you who made it a success. We can’t thank you enough for embracing the game, spreading the word, and making it your own.
For the last year and a half we’ve been working on new content for Skyrim; from the game updates, Creation Kit, Steam Workshop, Kinect support, to DLCs. Parts of our team have also been in pre-production on our next major project, and that game is at the point where it requires the studio’s full attention to make it our biggest and best work yet.
Even though we’re moving on, we’ll still have minor updates to Skyrim as needed. We’ve invested so much of ourselves into Skyrim and will never truly say goodbye to it.
We loved hearing your stories, your in-game triumphs, and your suggestions. One thing stuck out to us through those emails, letters, and postings. And that is – video games matter. They’re as important to you as they are to us. It’s not just about entertainment, it’s about your time. And you chose to spend it with our game.
Thank you again for all your support. We hope you stay engaged in the gaming community here and elsewhere. Keep spreading the word. Games are the world’s best entertainment because they can do what other forms cannot – fill you with the wonder of exploration and the pride of accomplishment. We look forward to sharing our next adventure with you.
Until next time,
Bethesda Game Studios
Although the announcement makes room for the possibility of minor game updates, it's clear that they no longer plan to fully support the game with additional content. Pete Hines, Vice President of Bethesda Softworks, later tweeted to reiterate this point.
For those asking, yes, today's thanks/farewell Skyrim post does mean there is no more DLC coming.
Many fans were disappointed by the announcement, feeling that they'd been misled by earlier statements thought to be hinting at future DLC. Some took to twitter to remind Hines about the registered "Redguard" trademark.
Redguard is an existing game and trademark that we renewed to protect. That's it.
Another common complaint was the promise of "additional content in 2013." Hines responded that this was intended to mean the 1.9 update and the DLC releases on the PS3.
We subsequently confirmed Dawnguard and Hearthfire for PS3, and we did 1.9 update that added Legendary feature.
With Skyrim now behind them, Bethesda is moving on to their next major project. Rumors point to Fallout 4.