While fans of The Elder Scrolls have been eagerly waiting to hear when the series’ next installment will potentially launch, Bethesda has been relatively quiet since its E3 reveal. However, according to gaming analyst Michael Pachter, it could be arriving much sooner than we thought.
As part of GamesIndustry’s 2019 analyst predictions, the Wedbush Securities analyst claimed that The Elder Scrolls VI will launch this year. This contradicts Bethesda’s most recent comments on the game’s potential launch. In October, Elder Scrolls Online designer Matt Firor teased that fans won’t see Elder Scrolls VI “anytime soon” and that there will likely be “a different console generation” available by the time the RPG does launch.
While Firor’s comments should debunk Pachter’s theory, they were made before the arrival and swift downfall of Fallout 76. According to Pachter, the critical and commercial failure of Fallout 76 “makes a hit more essential for Bethesda, and I expect them to accelerate development of ESVI.”
While it would make sense for Bethesda to return to a series that pleases fans as soon as possible, Pachter’s prediction shouldn’t be taken as gospel. Not long after The Elder Scrolls VI was revealed at E3 last year, Bethesda’s VP of marketing, Pete Hines, clarified that the decision to announce the next Elder Scrolls so early was to reassure fans that the game is on the horizon. However, he added that it wouldn’t be arriving until after two other big titles. While Fallout 76 has launched since E3, Bethesda’s other major game, Starfield, is still in production, which means we’re more than likely a ways off from the next Elder Scrolls.
To add more doubt to a 2019 release window, Bethesda Games director Todd Howard revealed in June of last year that The Elder Scrolls VI wasn’t in a playable state yet. Even if the team rushed development on the game, Elder Scrolls titles are massive projects that take years of work to finish.
The Elder Scrolls IV is currently in development.