Two different shops owned by the same company, ZeniMax Media, and thus under the same financial blance sheet. But no tangible relation! I mean, what does money have to do with video game companies? As if!
And they told us, very clearly, that this game called ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE is not, in no way, the next ELDER SCROLLS game! They are set in the same fantasy world exactly but COMPLETELY UNRELATED. As if ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE was targeted at the audience of ELDER SCROLLS! Please!
Elder Scrolls VI will in NO WAY be hindered in delivering another quality Elder Scrolls game if the parent company, ZeniMax, goes bankrupt from Elder Scrolls Online failing. Not a chance, buddy!
PR campaigns are my main source of information, as it happens.
Take your sarcasm and stick it.
I just wanted to make sure that any TES fans reading this thread didn't assume that this WAS the next TES game. There has been plenty of wrong complaints around the internet that the TES franchise was moving into the MMO world as its next stage instead of to another TES single player gem. That's not happening and I wanted to make sure it was said somewhere in this thread so that no one read this and came away thinking a true TES VI was never going to be.
I really wish I had your insight into Zenimax's books. I'm sure they bet the future of their company, whose success is almost entirely based on outstanding single player games, on an MMO. That makes perfect sense. TESO goes badly and the studio will be bankrupt. Because they've shown themselves to be so bad at running a game company in the past. I mean, the didn't even have the foresight to buy the Fallout franchise when it was languishing dead, bring it back to popularity and make millions off of it. Right? Right?
By the way, the development on TESO started before the development on Skyrim according to the Wikipedia articles for each (TESO started during Fallout 3 development). So the windfall they made off of Skyrim wasn't even a consideration when they embarked on an MMO. That's gravy on top of it. TESO could probably have no subscribers after the first month and Zenimax would survive in some fashion. It's worth remembering that Skyrim alone saw $1.3 billion in revenue.
Obviously it will be made, but imagine if so much money hadn't been spent making the superfluous game :/
Some large chunk of gamers consider TBS games superfluous, so why would we need yet another one in GalCiv3? Maybe we shouldn't pretend we can decide what's superfluous for everyone else huh?
I have no idea if this game will succeed or not. I haven't had time for an MMO hardly at all since WoW WotLK time frame. But let's not pretend we can make assumptions about the failure of one game being the end of TES games. The history and success of Zenimax tells quite the opposite story. Several hugely successful games under their belt and a history of smart business decisions both tell me that they're not going to bet their entire portfolio of studios on one game's success or failure.