Bethesda revealed that The Elder Scrolls VI is in development at this year’s E3, but the game is still very early on in development. There’s so little show that we really only saw a title card, and don’t even have the full title of the game, though some fans have taken a guess. So, why announce it early?
As Bethesda’s VP of marketing, Pete Hines, has now explained, there were two major reasons why this was the right time to announce The Elder Scrolls VI.
“A couple of years ago I talked to Todd [Howard] about clarifying with everybody that [The Elder Scrolls VI] was not going to be our next game, and we had two other big games that we wanted to do first,” Hines explained in an interview with FZ.se. “So we had already put that out there several years ago… so it was just in conversations with him [and] folks on my team to say, look, why don’t we consider putting out a little bit more of a roadmap for the studio.”
One of those two big games was Starfield, which Bethesda revealed during its E3 conference. Now that development on other projects has progressed, Bethesda is more comfortable moving forward with Elder Scrolls games—and in reassuring fans that The Elder Scrolls VI is on the way.
The other reason, it turns out, was because of Fallout 76. The Fallout series has been built around single-player games, while Fallout 76 is exclusively multiplayer. With the exception of games like The Elder Scrolls Online, mainline Elder Scrolls games have also always been single-player, and Bethesda wanted to show that the series wasn’t abandoning its core.
“[Announcing Elder Scrolls VI] also helps convince folks, like, look, [the multiplayer in Fallout 76] is not forever-more what we’re doing,” Hines explained. “We are going to do a game that’s just single-player next time around, and yes, we are going to get to Elder Scrolls VI.”
However, we may not hear any more details on Elder Scrolls VI for quite a while.
“We want the time between when we start to talk abut it and [when] it comes out to not be two years long or three years long,” Hines said. “But it just gives folks a better idea of where we’re headed and understanding what the studio is working on and trying to do.”
The Elder Scrolls VI is currently in development, with no estimated release window. We likely won’t see it for at least another two or three years, based on Hines’ statement and the timing of other big releases like Starfield.