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Work on the long-awaited sequel to Skyrim could finally have kicked up a gear. Fans believe that The Elder Scrolls VI has finally headed into full production at Bethesda Game Studios, as the developer appears to have embarked on something of a hiring spree in recent days.
Numerous freshly-discovered job listings shared on the developer's website makes it look like the studio has finished up work on the upcoming sci-fi RPG Starfield, and is ready to ramp up development on the next chapter of its beloved fantasy series in earnest. Is your body ready?
As spotted by a diligent user on Reddit, Bethesda is after a number of programmers to work on the "bleeding-edge of RPG development for PC and consoles" as well as assist in the "implementation of new gameplay features: player and characters' behaviors, combat and powers mechanics, user interface, etc".
The studio is also currently hiring for a Video Editor to put together trailers for its upcoming games. This could mean that we're set to get a fresh look at The Elder Scrolls VI, but given that we're realistically years away from that game releasing, the safer bet is that Bethesda is gearing up to show off Starfield for the first time.
It's important to note that there's nothing to specify which games each job listing pertains to. There's every chance that Starfield isn't quite as far along as we thought, and that the recent spate of hires could be to finish up work on the sci-fi RPG. Bethesda has told us virtually nothing about Starfield since 2018, to the point that you'd be forgiven for having forgotten about it. Certainly, we can't say for sure how close it is to be being finished.
While I'd absolutely love to be able to say for sure that work on The Elder Scrolls VI has finally started properly, we simply don't know yet. An educated guess would suggest that the recent hires are for the fantasy RPG while the video editor is for Starfield... but an educated guess is all it would be.
With the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X coming at the end of this year, and E3 2020 looming on the horizon, hopefully this is the year Bethesda shares a few more details on its two massively-anticipated next-gen titles. We know Starfield is coming first with The Elder Scrolls VI to follow some time after that, but we won't really have an idea of when to expect Skyrim's successor until we know when Starfield is expected to release.
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