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Don't expect to see The Elder Scrolls VI any time soon. Bethesda's Todd Howard has confirmed that the antipcated follow-up to 2011's Skyrim is still in early planning stages, which would of course suggest that it's still a long old way away.
This probably won't come as a huge surprise to anyone. The Elder Scrolls 6 was first announced at E3 2018 alongside the confirmation that the RPG was in pre-production at Bethesda Game Studios. Howard has spent a lot of time since then trying to temper expectations and let people know it really is some distance from release. Perhaps they shouldn't have announced it three years ago, idk.
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Howard told The Telegraph in a recent interview: "It's good to think of The Elder Scrolls VI as still being in a design [phase]... but we're checking the tech: 'Is this going to handle the things we want to do in that game?' Every game will have some new suites of technology so Elder Scrolls VI will have some additions on to Creation Engine 2 that that game is going to require."
"It's after Starfield, which you pretty much know nothing about," he said at the time. "So if you're coming at me for details now and not years from now, I'm failing to properly manage your expectations."
The upcoming sci-fi RPG will also be the studio's first game using the new and improved Creation Engine 2, which has been repeatedly described by Bethesda as the constantly updated engine's biggest leap forward since Oblivion.
Starfield is coming to Xbox Series X/S and PC on November 11, 2022, exactly 11 years on from the original release of Skyrim. Another 11 years, and we might get a gameplay trailer for The Elder Scrolls VI. Joking aside, Bethesda should absolutely take all the time it needs to get this one right - there's a lot of expectation around the first new Elder Scrolls adventure in over a decade.