I'm sure Todd Howard thinks himself as god's child for being top developer of Skyrim. ›››
Fallout 4 is likely to be announced soon. Inevitably, a Game Informer exclusive feature will follow, with its batch of short interviews, one of which will have Todd Howard admitting to Skyrim's genericness.
TES V was a failed game, that's how I see it, anyway. But Howard has always struck me as candid and humble. So is that take just a hunch of yours or do you have something substantial to back it up?
Problem with that is I doubt W3 will sell half as good in terms of units as Skyrim. Elder Scrolls will just keep getting dumbed down. And I'm not saying it's a bad game neither. Skyrim appeals to cores and casuals alike. The everyman's game. I remember when it first released all the younger people at work who are not the fantasy type being excited beyond hell about it. Witcher should and hopefully will continue to appeal moreso to the core gamers.
@Aditya: Judging by all the reheated talks of Skyrim, I'm guessing they slipped an "arrow in the knee" joke into the pre-alpha. Haven't watched it myself, yet. ›››
The following is not specifically directed at you, but rather meant as a broad stroke remark.
These categories - casual, hardcore - have always sounded skewed and self-serving to me. I guess they amount to a subdued variant of the apparently wide-spread belief that RPGs are the modern day equivalent of Classical Greek literature, whose depth and breath only the high-cultured connoisseur could ever aspire to savour, while the illiterate mobs all gallop to the nearest mall for their weekly fix of mindless index finger reflex test, known as the FPS.