The Elder Scrolls 6 release date, news, location, races, trailer, story - everything we know

Where is The Elder Scrolls 6? It is a question we cannot help but ask as we see Skyrim ported to device after device. But we should not let our eagerness get the better of us: while The Elder Scrolls 6 will happen in some form we have got plenty of waiting to do yet.

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The thing is, we have already been twiddling our thumbs like good little Dovahkiins since we ventured into the world of Skyrim for hundreds of hours in 2011. We might have been spoilt by excellent games in the series already, but, frankly, we deserve The Elder Scrolls 6. Considered by some as one of the best RPGs ever made, Skyrim’s mountainous world begs to be explored, down to the last babbling brook and adventurer forced into premature retirement. We are sorely hoping that The Elder Scrolls 6 will be just as enthralling.

Given the success of Skyrim, the likelihood of The Elder Scrolls 6 existing in some form is a given. In fact, we know the game has been given plenty of thought from Bethesda already, but all indications are that the wait will be as long and arduous as a jaunt to the snowy summit of High Hrothgar. At least it will be less frostbitten. Below you will find everything we know about The Elder Scrolls 6.

The Elder Scrolls 6 release date

Ok, here is something we know: numbered releases in the series tend to release in four to five year gaps. Which means The Elder Scrolls 6 is somewhat overdue. That said, we have had MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online and the card game The Elder Scrolls: Legends to get our Scrolls fix since 2011.

In terms of a concrete The Elder Scrolls 6 release date, well, there isn’t one yet. But that has not stopped hype around The Elder Scrolls 6 getting the better of some. Analyst Michael Pachter, in 2016, optimistically predicted that The Elder Scrolls 6 would release in 2017. This, of course, we now know to be wrong. On Twitter, Bethesda vice president Pete Hines debunked this theory saying: “Sorry @michealpachter but you totally punted this one. You should listen to me (and Todd) more often.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sorry <a href="">@michaelpachter</a> but you totally punted this one. You should listen to me (and Todd) more often. :-) <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) <a href="">December 27, 2016</a></blockquote>

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You could say that we are similarly not learning the lesson Hines dishes out, but we still hope to see at least some form of teaser for The Elder Scrolls 6 by the end of 2018. That said, series director Todd Howard likes to give only a small number of months between reveal and release - and given that our prediction skills are about as useful as Lydia in combat - it is likely our hopes for an impending The Elder Scrolls 6 reveal to be dashed.

The Elder Scrolls 6 news

There has not been much in the name of ‘new’ The Elder Scrolls 6 news for some time, but here is what we know so far. On YouTube’s Live at E3 stream, Howard confirmed that The Elder Scrolls 6 is one of three projects being developed internally at the company, IGN reported in June 2016. We do not know what these two other mysterious projects are yet. Rumour has it the last of these three games will be announced at E3 2018.

“[The Elder Scrolls 6 is] kind of like the elephant in the room, always, when we talk about anything,” Howard says. “And, you know, I think it's good in these moments to tell our fans yes, of course we are [working on it] - it's something we love - but it is... you know, I have to be careful what I say, it's a very long way off.”

Unfortunately, both Hines and Howard have confirmed that The Elder Scrolls 6 will likely be the last of the three projects to appear. Hines also appeared on YouTube’s E3 show which you can watch in full below, with the relevant stuff at around nine minutes in. In it, he says that Bethesda Game Studios "have at least two major titles that they are working on before we're gonna get to Elder Scrolls 6… TES 6 is not in development while we work on [those]. It's a very long way off.”

In the meantime, Howard has suggested that The Elder Scrolls 6 will be an ambitious leap for the series and that lots of thought has already gone into what the game will be.

“I could sit here and explain the game to you, and you would say, 'That sounds like you don't even have the technology. How long is that going to take?,” Howard says. “So it is something that's going to take a lot of time, what he have in mind for that game, and we actually have two other large projects we're also doing that are bigger than everything we've done. People will probably hear about those even before Elder Scrolls 6. That'll make sense many years from now.”

On the other hand, 20 positions at Bethesda are being advertised, all based in Rockville, Maryland. Meanwhile, in March 2018, the publisher opened a studio replete with a brand new team in Austin. Perhaps these developments will see these new hires working on The Elder Scrolls 6. Equally, they could be beavering away at the other two unknown Bethesda projects.

The Elder Scrolls 6 location

We do not know what the The Elder Scrolls 6 location will be yet, but we have plenty of ideas for places we would like to see the game visit. The past few numbered entries to the series have mostly stuck to one region. But given the ambitious ideas going into the game, The Elder Scrolls 6 might see us travel to multiple regions - we might even see an entire continent, The Elder Scrolls Online-style.

Whilst discovering the aftermath of our decisions in Skyrim would make a return to Tamriel’s mountainous north interesting, we have our fingers crossed for a trip to a place and time that is completely new to the series in The Elder Scrolls 6. 

How about Akavir? This continent to the east of Tamriel is home to the Snow Demons of Kamal, the serpent-men of Tsaesci, the monkey people of Tang Mo, and the Tiger Dragons of Ka Po’ Tun, collectively known as the ‘Akaviri’. Little is known about this enigmatic land, making it a tasty prospect as an Elder Scrolls 6 location. 

Legend has it that the few humans that dared to travel to Akavir were eaten by the Tsaesci (we did say it was tasty). Tamriel and Akavir have shared a tumultuous relationship, shaping each other’s history in times of peace and war. Perhaps, in The Elder Scrolls 6, we could smuggle ourselves into the new region, trying to cope with living in a hostile land that very much does not want us. Akavir and Tamriel have long had a tumultuous relationship, and we would love to be a part of that in The Elder Scrolls 6.

Moving closer to the places we know well, we are itching to pack our bags for Valenwood in The Elder Scrolls 6, homeland of the wood elves (Bosmer). Located to the south-west of Tamriel and opposite the Summerset Isles, Valenwood is an untamed land, dominated by uninhabited forest wilderness. Or how about Argonia? Otherwise known as Black Marsh or - less kindly - the Garbage Heap of Tamriel, it is the home of the reptilian Argonians and is full of onerous swamps and great inland waterways. 

The Elder Scrolls 6 races

If The Elder Scrolls 6 does go somewhere completely new, perhaps we will see a few new races added to the formula, with all new lore and gameplay styles to get to grips with.

However, no new races were added to Skyrim, so it is less likely we will some some new species or races if The Elder Scrolls 6 sticks to Tamriel. That said, Sea Elves - also known as Moarmer - do feature in The Elder Scrolls Online, so perhaps they could return in a numbered main entry to the series.

The Elder Scrolls 6 story

One of the things that sets Skyrim apart from the rest of the series is its complex narrative full of political intrigue. Your role in the game’s civil war decides the fate of a troubled kingdom only nominally part of the Empire. Here’s hoping that The Elder Scrolls 6 story takes things to a new level.

Whilst the Elder Scrolls 6 story would, to an extent, depend on the setting and its history, hopefully the narrative of the game will match the ambition going into the game in its early stages. 

The Elder Scrolls 6 trailer

There is, sadly, no The Elder Scrolls 6 trailer yet. But we are praying every night to the Nine Divines that we get some sort of announcement teaser to feast our eyes upon by the end of 2018.

And that is everything we know about The Elder Scrolls 6. Let us know where you would like to see the series go next in the comments.


4 Months ago

You know, if you read the Pocket Guide to the Empire from Oblivion, it mentions that the Nerevarine, the player character from Morrowind, which takes place roughly months before Oblivion, is rumored to be on some mission to Akavir.

4 Months ago

ESO is fairly good if you like MMORPGs but what I want to know is if there will ever be another single-player Elder Scrolls RPG game.

2 Weeks ago

Bethesda Needs to get it's priorities straight. There's no useful information about either a fallout sequel or an elder scrolls one. Now all indications are they are working on some unrelated project before either. Possibly two more projects. If they were releasing the content we came to them for, I would be all for new stuff as well, but you don't ignore your golden geese to play in the sandbox...And especially after that horrible Elder Scrolls Online tragedy. I'm very concerned about Bethesda's hope for the future. And my hope of ever getting a sequel :p

2 Weeks ago

"In terms of a concrete The Elder Scrolls 6 release date, well, there isn’t one yet"

Great, that's all that really needed to be said. The rest is just filler.

Btw, "spoilt" ? (paragraph 2, line 3)

oh my

The written word of the English language is decomposing faster than I thought.

spoilt. lol

5 Days ago

Spoilt, past tense of spoil. Chiefly British, but common in the US, as well. So, while the author's use of "spoilt" doesn't indicate the decline in English usage you mentioned, your lack of knowledge on the topic and the zeal with with you attacked the writer are certainly symptoms of the problem you described.

The Dragonborn
1 Month ago

I am now going to work on the Invasion of Akavir. I finished the trials of Ysgramor and later working on the rediscovery of Yokuda and then I will work on The Harrowing of the Hunting grounds when Shor summons you to sovengarde to free the lost souls trapped in Hircine's realm.

The Dragonborn
2 Months ago

I think that Elder Scrolls 6 should be when the dragonborn helped the stormcloaks and begin to create a new empire. I am writing an idea for the next elder scrolls. Even though I don't work for Bethesda I have a really great idea and many people said the Bethesda should use my idea. It is when you are the dragonborn from skyrim and helped the stormcloaks win. You end up uniting Tamriel again and thr rebirth of the dragonborn emperors. You the conqueuer every land including Akavir, Roscrea, Atmora, Aldmeris, and more. And a I already made a few DLC Ideas, The return of the Mythic Dawn, Return of the Knights of the Nine, Return of the Akaviri Dragonguard, The Second Akaviri Invasion, and now working on the Trials of Ysgramor. In the Trials of Ysgramor you get a blessinf to summon the ancient 500 companions. and later working on the invasion of Akavir.

1 Month ago

Honestly though I can't say i agree with the people who have told you that would be a great idea. I feel like ES6 should take place in another continent like Aldmeris and leave tamriel out. We have been there for a while and it would give them the opportunity to give us a whole new continent to explore instead of just new provinces.

1 Month ago

That and rebuilding an empire has been done in other games.

4 Months ago

Also, I vaguely remember some senior Bethesda rep saying last year that "there is no guarantee that ES 6 will take place in Tamriel" during an interview.

The Dragonborn
1 Month ago

My idea is better trust me, the elder scrolls idea i am making will be the best of the best in the elder scrolls franchise. If bethesda accepts it their elder scrolls franchise will be extremely high.

3 Weeks ago

@The You don't even know Bethesda's idea. No offense, but "your" idea is lackluster and something I've seen plenty-a-time. It is predictable and has been done several times, from theories to even fanfiction.

A location outside of Tamriel is new and refreshing, giving the studio more room to be creative and give us new characters, designs, scenery, story arch, lore, and such. Soooo. Yeah.