Bethesda revealed several great games at their E3 showcase earlier this week, but none of them were The Elder Scrolls 6. Fear not though, Tamriel enthusiasts: the game is being made and has been confirmed by Bethesda’s own Todd Howard. However, we won’t be seeing it for a very long time.
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Talking on YouTube’s Live at E3 stream, the Bethesda Game Studios boss confirmed that Elder Scrolls 6 was one of three new projects being developed, but it will likely be the last of those games to be released.
“[Elder Scrolls 6 is] kind of like the elephant in the room, always, when we talk about anything," said Howard of the fantasy RPG. "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.”
What tidbits Howard revealed does make the game sound an ambitious leap for the series. “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?'” said Howard. “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.”
Bethesda don’t rush their games, and Howard emphasised that during the interview. He hinted that all three of the secret projects in development will receive the Fallout 4 treatment of being announced just months ahead of release, rather than building years of hype. “People should know by now that the gap between hearing about it and it coming out, I like that to be really short,” he said.
While you wait the years for Elder Scrolls 6, you can feed your Tamriel needs with Skyrim Special Edition or The Elder Scrolls Online. Or should your tastes be simply just Bethesda flavoured, Fallout 4 is receiving lots of support for the foreseeable future.