02 Aug 2021 7:16 PM +00:00

Elder Scrolls Creators Announce New Fantasy Game The Wayward Realms

Julian LeFey and Ted Peterson, dubbed by fans as the "fathers of the Elder Scrolls" announced their new joint project The Wayward Realms (thanks GameInformer).

It's a fantasy epic built on Unreal Engine 5, the first project from new studio OnceLost Games, and a rather ambitious-sounding debut.

The Wayward Realms promises it's the biggest game you've ever seen, with 100 "realistically scaled" islands to explore in the world's archipelago, cities with hundreds or thousands of NPCs, and a dynamic, reactive world controlled by a virtual Game Master.

It also aims to create an authentic roleplaying experience with customized skills and abilities in a world teeming with rich lore at every turn.

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Elder Scrolls Creators Announce New Fantasy Game The Wayward Realms

Here's the game's official description via Steam:

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Under the direction of Ted Peterson and Julian LeFay — lead developers of the team behind the Elder Scrolls Arena and Daggerfall—Once Lost Games is creating a new open-world fantasy RPG where choice, consequence, scope and role-playing will be experienced like never before in a realistically-scaled open world in a new class of game: The Grand RPG.

The Wayward Realms is set on a group of over one hundred, realistically scaled, islands, known collectively as the Archipelago, where scores of factions vie for influence and power. Kingdoms strive to maintain their dominance, upstarts seek to earn a place at the top, and dynasties set generational plots into motion. Should the player earn a position of prominence, they may change the course of history. However, they must first prove their worth battling rivals, mercenaries, monsters, spirits, and demons. On their quest for fame and fortune, players will venture through strange lands, delve into foreboding dungeons, and traverse kingdoms full of humans, elves, orks, dwarves and a few other unusual races.
Image showing combat in The Wayward Realms from Elder Scrolls creators Ted Peterson and Julian LeFay
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OnceLost emphasized the game's Steam page in no way indicates it's close to launch, so don't expect to see The Wayward Realms anytime soon.

Peterson helped create Elder Scrolls Arena and TES 2: Daggerfell and served as a writer for Morrowind and Oblivion. LeFey was one of Bethesda's earliest workers and helped create and program TES games up through and including Morrowind.

Neither works with Bethesda anymore, but The Elder Scrolls still lives on. Elder Scrolls Online just launched its latest expansion in May, and The Elder Scrolls 6 is in development.