Ah yes, 2016, remember that year? Because we don’t. All we remember was that Pokemon Go swept the world and Todd Howard gave us the first, albeit unofficial, mention of the next Elder Scrolls game during an interview with Geoff Keighley on YouTube’s Live at E3 stream.
The Elder Scrolls 6 confirmed!?
“[Elder Scrolls is] something we love. But it is — I have to be careful what I say — it’s a very long way off. 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?’ And so it’s something that’s going to take a lot of time, what we have in mind for that game.”
Fast-forward to Bethesda’s E3 conference in 2018 and we finally get an official look at The Elder Scrolls 6. Well, maybe ‘look’ is a strong word. We saw some terrain, the font and the title (which still might very well change), so not much. But We’ll take it! It serves as official proof that Todd wasn’t having us on and confirms all the rumours and murmurs that TES6 was in the works.
Where’s the game, Todd?
That was three years ago and the last we heard. For some people, that’s “a lot of time”, so where’s the game, Todd? Well this year, at the all-virtual edition of the conference, Microsoft and Bethesda released a teaser trailer and launch date for Starfield, their first totally original universe that’s been “25 years in the making”. Slated for an 11 November 2022 release it’s safe to say we won’t be getting The Elder Scrolls 6 before then as Todd himself has said that Bethesda is focused entirely on the for now. But when then, Todd?
We’re waiting, Todd
In a new interview with The Telegraph, Todd reassured fans that it is still coming but that Bethesda is still working on the technology that the game will require.
“It’s good to think of The Elder Scrolls 6 as still being in a design [phase],” he said. “But we’re checking the tech: ‘Is this going to handle the things we want to do in that game?’ Every game will have some new suites of technology so Elder Scrolls 6 will have some additions on to Creation Engine 2 that that game is going to require.”
So it seems we’ve still got a long time to wait, whole years in fact. Pete Hines, Senior Vice President of marketing and communications at Bethesda, said as much in a tweet last year.
It’s after Starfield, which you pretty much know nothing about. So if you’re coming at me for details now and not years from now, I’m failing to properly manage your expectations.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) May 10, 2020