Bethesda Softwork's revealed Monday that it has ceased development on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to focus on its "next adventure." The publisher and studio that is also responsible for the Fallout and Dishonored series released what is likely a teaser for that next adventure today which Bethesda's Pete Hines says is not related to Fallout 4.
The official Bethesda Twitter account posted a Vine video that is extremely cryptic, vague and full of quickly flashed images. It opens up with barbed wire slowly spinning before the words "The Moonbeam Trio", "Johann Sebastian Bach" and "G-String" were all displayed quickly from two different records.
A quick analysis of the video with help from the brainiacs at NeoGAF revealed several interesting tidbits. The easiest two items to tie together is that Bach composed "Air on a G-String." NeoGAF Hamink helpfully reminded everyone that his music was also used in Fallout 3.
The "Moonbeam Trio" reference is a bit harder to nail down though it does sound like a 40s or 50s era musical group. However, the record that displayed the "Moonbeam Trio" also showed "470 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y." suggesting the possibility that the next Bethesda game will take place in the Big Apple.
However, all these clues that appear to point to Fallout 4 don't actually point to Fallout 4 according to Bethesda Softworks vice president of marketing Pete Hines. When Polygon editor Arthur Gies told Hines on Twitter that it was unfair to tease him with potential Fallout stuff, Hines said, "You talking about the Vine thing? Guess again."
So what could game could this video be teasing? Rage 2 is cancelled and Doom 4 and Prey 2 are in development hell. However, Bethesda does have the rights to the Wolfenstein franchise which would fit in with a music group from the early 1940s.
Hines recently stated on an OXM podcast that the publisher will be making "announcing new stuff and making some noise" in 2013. While there have been many suggestions that Fallout 4 could be in the works, it is very possible that the publisher could have an entirely new intellectual property planned as well.