The Elder Scrolls 6 gets surprising update from Bethesda

The Elder Scrolls 6 gets surprising update from Bethesda
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Tom Chapman

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30th Aug 2023 13:35

What are you more excited for, The Elder Scrolls 6 or GTA 6? There's plenty of connective tissue between Bethesda and Rockstar's much-hyped sixth mainline outings in their series, as both titles are poised to be some of the biggest to grace the gaming world. 

If you haven't noticed, Bethesda has been pretty busy working on a little game called Starfield. While Starfield is heading into a new territory of sci-fi, there are many who can't wait to return to the swords and dragons of The Elder Scrolls. 

The Elder Scrolls 6 gets positive progress report

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Even as Bethesda finds new ways to churn out Special, Definitive, and Collector's Editions of Skyrim, we're excitedly looking to the (distant) future of The Elder Scrolls 6. With Starfield on the brink of release, the conversation is already turning to The Elder Scrolls 6.

Speaking to Spanish site Vandal, Bethesda Softworks' Head of Publishing Pete Hines gave us an exciting update on the state of The Elder Scrolls 6 and confirmed it's finally entered full production. 

Hines said there are teams actively working on TES 6 but added, "Starfield is our focus for now, and it's going to remain our priority for a while before we talk about anything else." When grilled on whether this means The Elder Scrolls 6 is still in pre-production, Hines reiterated, "No. It's in development, but it's in early development."

Todd Howard thinks The Elder Scrolls 6 was announced too early

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The Elder Scrolls 6 was announced at E3 2018, making it five years since it was confirmed to be in pre-production. Putting things into context, the same announcement already had Starfield in a playable state.

If you think Bethesda jumped the gun by announcing The Elder Scrolls 6 too early, you aren't alone. The big man himself agrees with you, and in an interview with GQ, Todd Howard admitted it. 

When asked if he regrets announcing The Elder Scrolls 6 the way it was, Howard explained, "I have asked myself that a lot. I don’t know. I probably would’ve announced it more casually."

GQ notes that Howard will likely be 60 when The Elder Scrolls 6 comes out, which would put the release in about another seven years. You also have to bear in mind the focus will be on keeping Starfield fresh instead of suddenly sticking everyone on The Elder Scrolls 6. 

There were recent rumours that The Elder Scrolls 6 was launching in 2026, but we just don't see that happening. We've always been told the next chapter is "years" away, and even as the years tick on, that still seems to be the case. Oh well, an update is still and update... however small.

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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