Jeremy Soule, known for his astonishing compositions in almost every (The) Elder Scrolls title, hasn't (yet) been hired for the series' upcoming instalment, The Elder Scrolls VI.
This revelation was discovered following several fan requests directed towards Jeremy's social media channels, to which the talented musician replied:
As so many of my fans have asked... While I've not said much about this out of courtesy to Bethesda, I would never turn my back on TES, and I believe that my involvement would hinge on a creative decision on their part and where they want to take the franchise.To confirm, I am currently not involved with TES VI.
Bethesda unveiled The Elder Scrolls VI (currently without its inevitable geographical suffix) during E3 2018, via a short teaser clip of a cliff-y landscape, believed to be Hammerfell.
Further details about the anticipated RPG, especially those surrounding its release, are unknown. Equally unclear is why the studio no longer requires Soule, whose impressive CV boasts credits on Star Wars, Harry Potter, and World of Warcraft titles. But you would've thought keeping together a successful Game of the Year team to produce another blockbuster would be a top priority.
Still, there's time. And Soule's admiration for Bethesda, and love for the series, is clear for anyone to see.
I normally mark comments I've read with a like, but I don't want to appear to be taking sides in this. As Bethesda has said, TES VI is still a long ways out. My non-involvement at this stage isn't necessarily an indicator of anything foreboding. But, whatever happens, it's been a privilege for me to have made music for you with this series for all of these years! It's been a joy to create these musical emotions and custom fit them into the world of The Elder Scrolls. I'm proud of the work that I've done and of all the artists who have made their own beautiful variations of my work such as Malukah. And most of all, I'm honoured to have seen how this music has served in ways I could never have imagined. The heartfelt stories of this music accompanying people in hospitals, weddings and even funerals, as well as the stories of how people reached to this music in times of depression or anxiety... All of this is humbling for me. Thank you and Wind Guide You!
He also notes how he's sure Bethesda "can still deliver a great game with or without [his] involvement". His fans were quick to reply, however, claiming the absolute opposite.
One reason for his apparent exclusion could be thanks to his comments regarding Bethesda's live Skyrim concerts of 2016. At the time, the composer noted how "this concert has nothing to do with me, nor are they are using any of my original scores".
"They had to transcribe whatever notation they are performing by ear from the recordings. This is a flawed process as transcriptions are always fraught with errors," he explained. "To be sure, I don't know who these people are and I don't endorse a concert that is trading on my name and music that has absolutely no oversight or involvement on my part. For my fans, I just want you to know what you're getting if you pay to attend this concert. Be wary."
What do you think about this news? Would you like to see him return? Who else could do the job? Are you looking forward to The Elder Scrolls VI? Let us know.
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