Update: Bethesda says Skyrim next-gen listings 'an error'

Marketing exec also shoots down rumours of a special announcement on January 12

Update: Bethesda PR and marketing vice president Pete Hines has implied the company has no plans to release The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Xbox One and PS4.

He took to Twitter on Thursday to explain why next-gen listings for the game briefly appeared on Bethesda's website earlier this week, calling them an error.

"We have been working on the CMS that runs our sites," Hines said. "A bug caused platforms that don't exist to show up for some games Sorry for confusion."

He also labelled an email reportedly sent to Bethesda community members teasing a special announcement on January 12 a "fan hoax".

Original story: Bethesda may be planning to release The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Xbox One and PS4.

OnlySP captured a screenshot of Bethesda's Skyrim website showing next-gen versions of the game listed alongside the existing Xbox 360, PS3 and PC editions.

It's unclear if the listing, which has since been removed, was an error or an inadvertent early reveal, but we've contacted Bethesda for clarification.

Adding fuel to the fire, a number of European Reddit users have reported receiving an email from Bethesda teasing a "very special announcement" this Sunday, January 12.

Skyrim launched in November 2011 and went on to win multiple Game of the Year awards. In June 2013, Bethesda released The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition. The product features the main game as well as DLC packs Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn.

Two months prior to the release of Legendary Edition, Bethesda said the Skyrim development had moved on to its next project after more than 16 months of post-release support for the title.