One might assume that, after finishing up Fallout 4 and all of its downloadable content, Bethesda Game Studios will move to the next big thing, whether that be The Elder Scrolls VI or something else. After all, they have been a single-game studio since 2002. But it sounds like they have far grander plans. Bethesda Game Studios, of course, is the Maryland-based studio responsible for games like Skyrim and Fallout 4. Though they share a name with their publisher, Bethesda Softworks, BGS is a development house that works separately from sister companies like Arkane (Dishonored) and id (Doom).
Today at DICE in Las Vegas, comedian Pete Holmes asked Fallout 4 director Todd Howard what he and his team at BGS are doing next. Howard answered that first they have to finish up Fallout 4's DLC — including updates like "survival mode" and presumably the mod creation kit — and then...
We actually have three kinda longer-term projects we're doing that are all — we'll talk about them at a much future date, but they're different than anything we've done before, while also being a Bethesda-style game, big and crazy — in many ways different than things we've done before.
Three projects makes for an interesting shift for the studio, which most observers had assumed would be switching off between Fallout and Elder Scrolls games for the foreseeable future. Howard also added that Bethesda's new Montreal-based studio — also part of BGS — will be helping out with their mobile projects like Fallout Shelter and the still-unreleased card game based on The Elder Scrolls. Presumably Howard and crew are working on a new Elder Scrolls game, but it sounds like they have more ambitious plans in the works as well.