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Elder Scrolls Online developer ZeniMax working on new engine and AAA IP

Elder Scrolls Online developer ZeniMax Online Studios working on new engine and AAA IP
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ZeniMax Online Studios is currently working on an entirely new engine for an upcoming AAA IP it's developing.

ZeniMax Online Studios is best known for creating the ongoing MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online. As much as I would love an ESO 2 with a completely overhauled engine, it doesn't sound like that's what we'll be getting.

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ZeniMax Online Studios lead graphics engineer Alex Tardif stated on Twitter that there's "Not much to say about this yet, but it's been so much fun creating a brand new engine. With how rare this kind of thing is nowadays, I feel fortunate to be at this studio while we invest heavily in our own technology."

Tardif was quote-tweeting the confirmation announced by Xbox, but funnily enough, this information was already revealed back in 2019. An interview with Official Xbox Magazine (June 2019, issue 177) uncovered by Fextralife already revealed the studio's plans to create a new engine and IP. 

The Elder Scrolls Online game director Matt Firor stated, "Yeah. Not a lot of people have picked up on this, but if you look on our job site you'll see that we are accepting applications for people to work on a new engine for a new triple-A game. So yes, we have ideas, but we're committed to ESO for as long as it takes."

It's good to hear that ESO will be serviced until the company is done developing its new engine, but how long will ESO last? Hopefully, ZeniMax keeps the servers around at the very least. I suspect it has a few more years considering the developers are porting the game over to next-gen consoles.