New footage of the unreleased Elder Scrolls PSP game, Elder Scrolls Travels: Oblivion, has come online, providing a new look at a game you will likely never play.
Posted on the PtoPOnline YouTube channel, two gameplay videos show off footage that dates back to June 2006 and January 2007. Reddit user Morderax is apparently the source of the footage, explaining that they recently “came across a few rare discs” for the unreleased game. Take a look:
Go to the PtoPOnline YouTube page to see more Travels videos.
What happened to Travels? According to the super-sleuths at Unseen64, the game was planned to launch in spring 2007, but was scrapped reportedly due to not enough funding and time.
Due to the limitations of the PSP hardware, Travels was designed as more of a linear game.
“There was a hub world which contained various vendors, NPCs, and story characters, and players would have used a teleportation crystal to go to each of the explorable areas of the game,” Unseen64 said. “The hub world would change and react to the events that went on in each area.”
Be sure to read the full Unseen64 story for a deeper dive into Travels.
In a 2006 interview with IGN, Bethesda’s Todd Howard talked about the differences between the console/PC version of Oblivion and the PSP edition.
“When you play the game it’s very similar in the things you can do with your character,” he said at the time about Travels. “You have most of the skills, but you lose some like speechcraft. So the game really focuses on the ‘dungeon exploration’ parts as opposed to the ‘walk around town’ parts.”
If Bethesda is to provide more details on the future of the Elder Scrolls franchise, that information could come during the company’s E3 2016 briefing in June.