Oculus contends that all of ZeniMax's claims of code theft are false
You don't have to tune into daytime soap operas to see drama unfold, just sit back and watch Oculus and ZeniMax argue over Rift technology. In short, virtual reality startup Oculus today issued a statement disputing claims made by Maryland-based game maker ZeniMax Media that it owns the intellectual property (IP) rights powering the Oculus Rift VR headset.
We suppose you really can't teach an Elder Scroll new tricks. We have no idea what we actually mean by that, but it sounds nice enough when you consider that Zenimax hobbled out of the court room with a mean shiner after its first legal tussle with Minecraft creator Mojang. The tooth-and-nail battle over another word for paper is far from over, but Notch and co can now breathe a fair bit easier.
Between all the blaring heavy metal music, impromptu Pat Benatar concerts, and five hour-long John Carmack manifestos, you could be forgiven for thinking that QuakeCon is not a place for serious business. And you'd be right. Well, mostly.
Fortunately, we were on hand in an effort to collect whatever scraps of news might fall from id's table, and we came away surprisingly sated. So, without further ado, here's what happened.
Doom 4 Nowhere to be Found, Check Back Next Year -- It was the perfect storm. John Carmack tweeted that he was working on a little something special for QuakeCon, and Todd Hollenshead – who is incapable of lying – said we'd see Doom 4 this year. One eternity in a room with John Carmack later (rumor has it that he's still talking), and here's what we've seen of Doom 4. See it? Right there? Oh, is that a blank space? Huh. Imagine that.
The cement’s settled, the paint’s dry, and the bomb has dropped and blown it all to pieces – Fallout 3’s finished. So, what’s next for Bethesda? Well, based on a comment made last year, we were kind of hoping for a new Elder Scrolls game. However, during a panel at QuakeCon, Bethesda’s Todd Howard revealed that Bethesda has other plans.
“Don't look for a new Elder Scrolls game in the near future,” Howard said when asked about Elder Scrolls V. "We are working on our next big game but we are not talking about it."
In a blog post clarifying Howard’s comments, Bethesda boss Pete Hines noted that ZeniMax Online (a branch of Bethesda’s parent company) is working on an MMO, as that’s its area of expertise. Thus, if the oft-rumored Elder Scrolls MMO is more than just wishful thinking, ZeniMax Online’s the one working the forge – not Bethesda.
So, what’s taking up so much of Bethesda’s time that the Elder Scrolls have been shelved until God-knows-when? Beats us. Do you have any guesses?