As we said in our John Carmack story earlier today, Pete Hines hinted last month that we’d be getting (in April) some interesting news about both Skyrim and RAGE. Although there hasn’t been anything for RAGE, Bethesda revealed this month that Skyrim would be getting Kinect support for X360. Naturally, Skyrim fans have been waiting to hear something about the rumored DLC of Bethesda’s RPG and we are happy to report that we might get new info – and perhaps footage from it – next week.
That was revealed by Pete Hines himself. Hines tweeted that he’s currently working on getting a little more info out on Skyrim/DLC. Hines said that we might get new information about it next week, though nothing is certain at this point.
“I am working on getting a little more info out on Skyrim/DLC. Maybe next week? We’ll see. Also trying to confirm Kinect release date.”
In other news, there was a rumor yesterday that Bethesda has acquired the rights for the STALKER franchise. STALKER’s Facebook page was quick to react and stated that Sergei Grigorovich has not sold them to anyone. The story started by Kotaku, but keep reading because there is definitely something going on in the background.
Today, Hines tweeted that they had no comment about this rumor. According to Hines, Bethesda does not confirm or deny rumors. Well, that’s inaccurate as Bethesda was the first ones to deny the Doom 4 rumored cancellation. And they denied those rumors twice. In other words, Bethesda responded on that rumor back then, so they might have indeed acquired those rights.
In case you don’t remember, back in February Pete Hines tweeted – and told Joystiq – that Doom 4 was not cancelled and that they’ll show it off when they are ready. If Bethesda’s policy was not to comment on rumors, Pete Hines would not be making those public statements back then. And it seems that Bethesda commented back then because those rumors were not true.
Let’s also not forget that Bethesda did not comment on the Prey 2 cancellation rumors. Although the company stated – later on – that the game has not been cancelled and that it won’t hit the 2012 release date, we do know that Human Head has not worked on it since November and that the publisher might need to replace them with another developer. Sure, the game is not ‘dead’ but it was put on hold. Which makes it ‘dead’ for the time being.
There is definitely something going on in the background with STALKER’s IP rights and in our opinion, that’s why Bethesda is not commenting on those rumors. After all, Bethesda might be waiting for the proper time to reveal it. As they say… wherever there is smoke, there is fire.