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The in-development The Elder Scrolls 6 could include a handful of surprising features, according to a new report. An established leaker with a proven track record has claimed that the upcoming fantasy sequel will introduce survival mechanics and a new system for crafting spells and other magic abilities.
This leak comes from Twitter user HotGirlVideos69 (AKA Tiffany Treadmore and Dov Grey.). For those unfamiliar, Treadmore was the unlikely source that previously correctly predicted a number of key industry events last year, including the surprise March Nintendo Direct and the cancellation of E3 2020. Granted, I think we all saw that one coming, but she has proven herself as a fairly reliable leaker nonetheless.
It's unclear what exactly Treadmore means by survival mechanics, but we can probably safely assume it'll be things like managing thirst and hunger as well as gathering and crafting new resources and items. That's just what open-world video games have to do these days, by law.
The Elder Scrolls series has always featured this kind of thing to some degree, of course, and Fallout 4 really ramped up a lot of the survival/crafting aspects when it released in 2015. It's worth remembering that most of the survival elements of Fallout 4 were entirely optional, however, meaning it's likely that The Elder Scrolls VI will follow suit and allow players to make the experience as demanding or as laid back as they want it to be.
Treadmore's source also touches on an interesting-sounding feature called "Rune Drawing". It's described as a "new creative system that had been developed for implementing and crafting new magic spells/abilities that is unlike Skyrim and previous games." But while this is something that Bethesda is playing around with at the moment, it hasn't been decided whether or not it'll definitely make the game.
The Elder Scrolls VI is still very early in development, after all, so any features we hear about right now are far from guaranteed to make the final cut. Last we heard, The Elder Scrolls 6 wasn't launching until at least 2026. Better strap in for a long wait.