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When Bethesda boss and Elder Scrolls producer Todd Howard told us that we'd be waiting a while for The Elder Scrolls 6, we kind of assumed 2023, maybe 2024. It turns out we might just have to strap in for another five years, as a new report suggests that the follow-up to 2011's Skyrim won't be dropping until 2026.
Over on Twitter industry insider Tyler McVicker, formerly of Valve News Network and the chap who correctly predicted the existence of a Half-Life prequel months before Half-Life: Alyx was announced, shared his expectations of when some of Bethesda's big single-player RPGs will drop.
According to him, The Elder Scrolls VI is unlikely to arrive before 2026. That's another half a decade, which means we will have waited around 15 years in between mainline Elder Scrolls games. McVicker also suggests we won't see anything resembling Fallout 5 until the 2030s, but notes that the much-rumoured Fallout: New Vegas 2 will most likely release this decade.
The closest large-scale project from Bethesda, it seems, is the mysterious Starfield, which apparently "needs another year or two".
This all lines up with a leak from last year that suggested The Elder Scrolls VI was targeting a 2025 release date. Given the scale of the project, as well as the global pandemic we're currently living through, it's not completely unfeasible that this target could have shifted back a year.
While the prospect of waiting another half a decade for the next Elder Scrolls is a little disappointing, this does suggest that whatever Bethesda is working on is going to be truly, properly special. I mean, just imagine the sequel to Skyrim releasing after years of careful development, straight onto next-gen consoles that are well into their lifecycles and likely capable of conjuring up some amazing things... yeah, I can hang around for as long as it takes.