The Elder Scrolls 6: launch date hypothesis, rumors, information, and extra

The Elder Scrolls 6 was first revealed over 5 years in the past with a 36-second announcement trailer. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been plenty of concrete information on the title since.

Now that Bethesda has launched Starfield — the developer’s first brand-new IP in 25 years — with great success regardless of loads of criticism on the game’s advertised scale versus its gameplay, it goes with out saying that the studio can be shifting to the following installment within the Elder Scrolls sequence. The new title can be constructing off the wild success of its predecessor Skyrim (which made the reduce for Digital Trends’ top 50 video games of all time) and MMO The Elder Scrolls Online.

The hype for The Elder Scrolls 6 is immense, to say the least. Not many different IPs can kickstart a years-long rumor cycle with a fast trailer of some rocky terrain and a title. And the anticipation has solely grown over time, particularly this yr with the huge success of fantasy titles like Diablo 4 and Baldur’s Gate 3.

We’ve acquired our fingers crossed with hopes of a brand new trailer quickly, nevertheless it appears like we’re nonetheless a number of years away from getting our palms on The Elder Scrolls 6. Here’s all the things we all know in regards to the recreation thus far. We’ll replace this text commonly each time information hits or rumors are circulating.

Release date hypothesis

The Elder Scrolls VI
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Every fan is on the lookout for a concrete launch date for The Elder Scrolls 6, however there’s been no official replace on the challenge because the announcement trailer and any important replace on its timeline is probably going nonetheless years away.

Since the announcement trailer launched in 2018, Bethesda executives have been adamant that The Elder Scrolls 6 wouldn’t remotely be a precedence for the studio till the launch of Starfield. And even that timeline has shifted — Starfield was initially slated for November 2022 earlier than it was pushed again to early 2023 after which lastly launched in September 2023.

In an interview with Spanish gaming information website Vandal (and translated by a ResetEra gaming forum user) in August 2023 about Starfield, Bethesda head of publishing Pete Hines confirmed that The Elder Scrolls 6 has moved out of pre-production and is now in early growth. “And yes, there are people working on The Elder Scrolls 6, but [Starfield] is what the studio has focused on. So no, you are not going to hear soon about The Elder Scrolls 6. Starfield is our focus for now, and it’s going to remain our priority for a while before we talk about anything else.”

Given what we learn about Bethesda’s growth timeline for Starfield — growth started within the latter half of 2017 on the earliest and the sport launched in late 2023 — it’s secure to say that The Elder Scrolls 6 received’t be nearing launch for an additional 4 or 5 years, on the earliest.


Soldiers about to fight with a giant in the background.
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Following Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda by way of its guardian firm ZeniMax Media in March 2021, there’s a powerful chance that The Elder Scrolls 6 may very well be unique to Xbox consoles and PC, leaving PS5 customers to both change platforms or miss out on the brand new RPG.

Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has been requested about exclusivity concerning a number of gaming IPs since Microsoft acquired Bethesda and Activision Blizzard and has mentioned that exclusivity with new titles can be checked out on a case-by-case foundation. Call of Duty was an enormous focus of early exclusivity talks and ultimately Microsoft made the general public name that the favored FPS would remain on Sony platforms, at least for the immediate future.

The Elder Scrolls 6 can be a detailed name. Technically it’s an present IP and there are many Sony avid gamers who’re nonetheless Bethesda followers. But it is going to even be the primary new Elder Scrolls title in over 10 years and has important hype round it — exclusivity may make some PlayStation homeowners make the bounce to Xbox or PC.

Of course, who is aware of when the sport will come out and what platforms can be energetic at the moment. Spencer himself has famous that the studio isn’t fully positive what technology of consoles the sport is being developed for.

Asked about Elder Scrolls VI platforms: "It’s thus far out it’s onerous to grasp what the platforms will even be…" … "We’re speaking a few recreation that’s five-plus years away"

Spencer fuzzy on whether or not he beforehand made a public assertion saying it'd be Xbox-only

— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) June 23, 2023


The Elder Scrolls VI – Official Announcement Teaser

The solely trailer — and that’s utilizing the time period as loosely as potential — now we have is the hardly 30-second announcement teaser proven method again at E3 2018. More of a glorified title drop, this teaser merely reveals us a panorama and the title backed by a thumping orchestral soundtrack considerably harking back to the one used to advertise Skyrim. Even with such a short glimpse on the land, probably the most hardcore Elder Scrolls followers have already picked it aside and theorized the place this future recreation can be set on this planet of Tamriel.

The teaser seems to indicate an elevated landmass full of massive rocks. Right out of the gate, we will fairly safely take away Morrowind, Skyrim, Cyrodiil, and the Summerset Isles from competition. Not as a result of the topography isn’t comparable in some circumstances, however as a result of it appears unlikely Bethesda would revisit closely coated lands in Tamriel from the latest mainline video games.

That leaves us with High Rock, Hammerfell, Valenwood, Elsweyr, and Black Marsh as potential Elder Scrolls VI areas. Black Marsh, Elsweyr, and Valenwood would seem to have too low of a sea degree to suit the trailer. There’s additionally a relative lack of huge mountain ranges within the teaser.

By technique of elimination, it might seem that Hammerfell or High Rock are the most probably settings for The Elder Scrolls VI.

High Rock has solely been talked about by identify in mainline Elder Scrolls video games since Morrowind. It has, nevertheless, appeared in Elder Scrolls Online. Likewise for Hammerfell, which has been a location within the Elder Scrolls Online however solely talked about by identify since Morrowind within the mainline sequence.

If it’s not set in High Rock or Hammerfell, maybe Bethesda will transfer out of Tamriel altogether for the Elder Scrolls VI‘s location. The continent located to the east of Tamriel, Akavir, could prove to be great fodder. Very little is known about Akavir’s topography, although.

Still, primarily based on the minimal data now we have, we expect that Hammerfell or High Rock are the most probably areas. But who is aware of, actually, as Howard has additionally mentioned some points of the trailer aren’t consistent with the area at massive. Bethesda most likely needs to maintain followers guessing till the complete reveal.


Warriors in the Elder Scrolls: Blades

Gameplay has remained largely the identical for the previous few iterations of The Elder Scrolls video games, and if that development stays true, then we will most likely guess the fundamentals of the way it will play. Odds are we’ll make our new character and management them from both a first- or third-person perspective with the power to alter between them and construct ourselves to make use of a wide variety of weapons and abilities, from fists and blades to bows and magic. Hopefully, Bethesda has some new concepts for the way to boost the number of fight, however the core they’re beginning with is not less than stable.

There will little question be a brand new model of the talents and leveling system to dive into as nicely. Again, we anticipate some new additions we will’t predict simply but, however issues like lock-picking, speech, and smithing will doubtless make a return. As far as any utterly new gameplay methods are involved, and that is pure hypothesis, we’d like to see a extra sturdy relationship system between your character and companions and different NPCs for extra life like and evolving interactions. Skyrim did have a wedding system in place, nevertheless it was extraordinarily barebones and restricted.


The solely Elder Scrolls recreation to have any form of multiplayer is the MMO Elder Scrolls Online. With that recreation going sturdy, we anticipate Bethesda to maintain the mainline, numbered entries within the sequence as devoted single-player RPG experiences. Considering Bethesda is without doubt one of the few firms nonetheless prepared to offer us these massive, solo experiences, we hope that stays true for VI.


You can wager this recreation may have loads of DLC to maintain you adventuring for a whole lot of hours in case you so select. Ever since Fallout 3, Bethesda has supported their single-player RPGs with bigger and extra quite a few DLC packs that add new areas, abilities, courses, enemies, tales, facet quests, and mainly all the things else you possibly can need in case you favored the bottom recreation. Again, with out even understanding a lot concrete data in regards to the recreation itself, it’s not possible to take a position on what to anticipate from any DLC aside from the truth that it is going to exist.

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