Fans might actually be able to guess where The Elder Scrolls VI is taking place.
Bethesda revealed the first teaser for The Elder Scrolls VI at this year’s E3, though we didn’t see anything more than an aerial shot of a coastline and some text confirming that the game is in development. Notably, though, we didn’t get the game’s full title, which normally tells fans where in Tamriel each game takes place (e.g. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim or The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind). The landscape shown was also just generic enough that it could have been a placeholder.
Now, however, Bethesda’s Todd Howard has confirmed that the dev team does know where the game takes place—and that the landscape in the teaser should officially provide a few clues.
“I obviously would say yes, [it’s possible to figure out where the game takes place from the trailer],” Howard said in a meeting with Eurogamer. “But you can’t—it’s intentionally… You can rule some things out. And you can rule some things in. The first thing we do is the world so we’ve known for a while where it’s set.”
The trailer showed high, rocky cliffs and mountains along a coastline, so there are a few places Elder Scrolls fans can rule out immediately. The landscape isn’t dotted with the tall alien mushroom trees of Morrowind, for example, and it doesn’t resemble the swamps of Black Marsh, a location that hasn’t shown up in a main game yet.
When the trailer first debuted, fans pored over every detail for clues, ultimately predicting that the game would take place in High Rock or Hammerfell. Now that we know the landscape shown at E3 will be true to the final game, those predictions seem all the more likely.
The Elder Scrolls VI is currently in development.