Step #1: Find an already established series, like, say, Sea Dogs.
Step #2: Take a mostly finished sequel to said series and re-brand it.
Step #3: Claim that the new game was “inspired” by the “major motion picture” coming out many years later than the initial title.
Step #4: Ignore the fact that most comentators expect: a) That the game will be awesome b) that the film will suck ass.
I don’t know Bethesda, but this seems like a dumb move to me. Let me explain why.
If the movie sucks as much as predicted, then people might not buy the awesome game because they will think “Look, a game based on that asstastic movie! You better believe I’m not buying that!”
If the movie sucks more than predicted, then people will almost certainly not buy the game because they will think “Haha! Look at that! A game based on a shitty movie! PC Gamer always gives those titles a 4%!”
If the movie sucks WAY more than predicted, then people will not buy the game because they will think “HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! HA!”
So, basically, regardless and ir-regardless of the outcome, this was, in my comma infested opinion, a bad, move.