If the idea of a Skyrim remaster started to get your hopes up for an official remaster of some of Bethesda’s earlier Elder Scrolls titles, then it’s my job to disappoint you.

Speaking to Finder, Bethesda’s marketing VP Pete Hines talked about what led to a remaster of Skyrim versus one of the older games.

“An Oblivion remaster is an interesting idea, but it’s a ten year old game,” he said, and Morrowind is 14. With Oblivion you are talking about several engines ago. So gamers were like, ‘why didn’t you do Oblivion HD instead of Skyrim HD?’ It wasn’t like those two processes were exactly the same.”

Elder Scrolls VI, a follow-up to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, is a more likely scenario.

Oblivion HD would be a significantly larger undertaking to get to work and Morrowind… that’s even worse. So the question becomes, ‘should we work on a Morrowind or Oblivion remaster, or should we work on Elder Scrolls VI?’ Because that’s the volume of work we’re talking about.”

When deciding whether to remaster or to create new stuff, Hines said, “in most cases, the answer is that we want to forge ahead with new stuff.” In other words, they’re not interested in staffing up to make those remasters happen, and would rather focus their efforts on the future. Elder Scrolls VI hasn’t been announced or confirmed, and it likely won’t be for another two or three years at least. But at least we know where Bethesda’s focus is.

If we’re not getting a Morrowind remaster, then, I’ll put my hopes on Elder Scrolls VI heading somewhere more exotic than Oblivion or Skyrim.