Heh, since we’re the ES nutjobs around here, I thought I’d go a head and post, Jharek.
Beth is targeting the new ES game for 2010, unsurprisingly to those of us who keep and eye on them - but they just trademarked “Skyrim.” Whaaaat? This makes no sense in the geopolitical flow of canonical ES history - after all, Solstheim, that Daedra forsaken hole, is just Skyrim Jr, yeah? Okay, I can see how it might be interesting, especially if there are some ancient, nearly untouched Giant/Dwemer co-op ruins up there, and maybe a little more teasing evidence of the Falmer…but there is just nothing THERE. I saw enough snow in Solsthein to last me forever…snow, snow, snow - oo and dorky isolationist drunken blond dude with stupid horns on his hat, snow, snow, snow…whoopdedoo.
And I can’t see what in that world any of that would have to do with the obviously growing partisanship, and potential Civil War, etc.
I am hoping they’re just flinging a red herring there, since from what I can tell, the REAL action for you or me, that nameless savior, should be set in Elsweyr, a land of varied terrain, at least two unique and important cultures, not even mentioning their complex relations with their neighbors (getting the nomads to work with the Redguard nomads would be fun right there) and incredible, decadent port cities, a unique spiritual system, coke plantations (and crack factories, alas) though moonsugar is part of their sacrament, and now that the theocracy and slavery practice has fallen in Morrowind, and there’s a real contender for the Throne (yes I checked, and I am a total nerd, he;s legit) who just happens to be a quiet,but long-standing ally of the Elweyr bunch - THAT is the way to go if they want a real challenge.
Not to mention, that’d make a possible excursion to Summerset (perhaps as an expansion) far more likely.
Okay, rant mode concluded.
But still…SKYRIM? Nah, they gotta be fooling around.