The Elder Scrolls universe has always shelved tomes upon tomes of in-game literature. Largely informative, few of the pieces of writing found throughout Oblivion
, et al, are ambitious on a short story scale, though some of the books ran in a series, egging on patient readers hungry for everything the Elder Scrolls had to offer.
Developer Bethesda, however, is calling on Greg Keyes to pen a two-book deal for the series. The first of which, The Infernal City
, is set after the events of Oblivion
, which "find the citizens of Tamriel once again facing an uncertain future." A city is floating above the land, casting its ominous shadow. The city falls, and then raises wakes of undead when it rises again. Weird. A seventeen-year-old girl (see that, Japan? We know how to create jailbait protagonists, too) and the Emperor's young son set off to rescue the kingdom from a most certain doom.
"We've been big fans of Greg's work for a long time," said Pete Hines, Bethesda's VP of Marketing, "and we're thrilled he agreed to bring his talents to The Elder Scrolls." Hines further discusses the project in an interview
with ShackNews. Greg Keyes' previous work includes the Babylon 5 Psi Corps trilogy, the Age of Unreason tetralogy (which won a French literary award for speculative fiction), and three New Jedi Order series Star Wars novels which were New York Times bestsellers.
It's not certain whether this upcoming duology will ultimately serve as a prequel to an (as yet unannounced) Elder Scrolls V, but it would be a waste on Bethesda's part not to make it so. The Infernal City
is dropping this fall.
BETHESDA SOFTWORKS AND DEL REY BOOKS ANNOUNCE NOVELS
BASED ON THE ELDER SCROLLS VIDEO GAME SERIES
Rockville, MD – April 27, 2009 – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, and Del Rey, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, are pleased to announce that Del Rey Books will publish two novels based on Bethesda Softworks’ award-winning, high-fantasy video game series, The Elder Scrolls®. The best-selling game series is known for giving the player the ability to choose how their story will play out and unfold, and for the incredible amount of lore and depth found in these rich game worlds.
Penned by New York Times bestselling author Greg Keyes, the novels will be all-new, original stories based in The Elder Scrolls universe. The first novel – The Infernal City – is set to be published in Fall 2009. Among Keyes’ prior works are the Age of Unreason tetrology (for which he won the prestigious "Le Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire" award), and three New York Times bestselling Star Wars novels in the New Jedi Order series.
“We’ve been big fans of Greg’s work for a long time, and we’re thrilled he agreed to bring his talents to The Elder Scrolls,” said Pete Hines, vice president of public relations and marketing for Bethesda Softworks. “We see these books as a natural extension of the franchise and think fans will love the stories and characters Greg has created.”
The Infernal City is set after the events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, the latest game in the video game series, and finds the citizens of Tamriel once again facing an uncertain future. Floating high above the land is a strange and mysterious city that is casting a horrifying shadow – wherever it falls, people die and rise again as undead. It is up to an unlikely duo – a seventeen-year-old girl named Annaig and the Emperor’s young son, Prince Attrebus – to rescue the kingdom from doom. Annaig and Attrebus’ quest will take them through the Elder Scrolls universe and their adventure is sure to add to the series’ already magnificent mythology.
For more information on Bethesda Softworks, visit www.bethsoft.com.
ABOUT THE ELDER SCROLLS:
The fourth installment in the series, Oblivion, was released in March 2006 for PC and Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and in March 2007 for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. Oblivion earned countless awards from publications around the world and won numerous Game of the Year and RPG of the Year awards. For more information on Oblivion or The Elder Scrolls, visit www.elderscrolls.com.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born in Meridian, MS, in 1963, Greg Keyes spent his early years roaming the forests of his native state and the red rock cliffs of the Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona. He earned his B.A. in anthropology from Mississippi State University and a master's degree from the University of Georgia, where he did course work for a Ph.D. He lives in Savannah, GA, where, in addition to full-time writing, he practices ethnic cooking--particularly Central American, Szechuan, Malaysian, and Turkish cuisines--and Kapucha Toli, a Choctaw game involving heavy sticks and no rules. While researching "The Age of Unreason," he took up fencing, and now competes nationally. Greg is the author of THE WATERBORN, THE BLACKGOD, the Babylon 5 Psi Corps trilogy, the Age of Unreason tetrology (for which he won the prestigious "Le Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire" award), and three New York Times bestselling Star Wars novels in the New Jedi Order series.
ABOUT BETHESDA SOFTWORKS:
Bethesda Softworks, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a premier developer and worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software and has produced numerous award-winning titles, most recently with 2008 Game of the Year winner Fallout® 3, as well as 2006 PC and Xbox 360™ Game of the Year and RPG of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, and the 2002 PC and Xbox® Game of the Year and RPG of the Year, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind®. Among Bethesda’s more popular franchises are The Elder Scrolls® series and Fallout®. Its product line spans the sports, racing, RPG, strategy, and action genres. For more information on Bethesda Softworks’ products, visit www.bethsoft.com.
ABOUT DEL REY:
Del Rey Books (http://www.delreybooks.com) was founded in 1977 as an imprint of Ballantine Books, a division of the Random House Publishing Group, under the guidance of the renowned Judy-Lynn del Rey and her husband, Lester del Rey. Del Rey publishes the best of modern fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history. In 2004 it expanded by launching Del Rey Manga, which has grown to be a major force in the U.S. graphic-novel field.