The Elder Scrolls 6 was perhaps announced a bit too soon considering how long it’s been since we’ve heard anything from the game. We know this is going to be a huge release for Bethesda, but are we finally getting any closer? details on the next adventure?
Recent updates have suggested that the game isn’t even in pre-production yet, and the leaked videos of the game are just very early tests to see what features might be possible. Elder Scrolls 6 could now be set to make a shock reappearance at the next major Xbox and Bethesda games showcase.
Despite the fact that E3 is dead – at least for this year – Xbox and Bethesda still hold their annual Games Showcase around the same date (June 12) and at the same time.
We’re expecting a ton of information on games already in development and games we haven’t even heard of yet. The Elder Scrolls 6 is one of those games that would need to appear. However, only time will tell if this is the case.
Elder Scrolls 6 is not yet in pre-production
This isn’t news Elder Scrolls fans will want to hear, but it comes from the horse’s mouth. The Elder Scrolls VI, first revealed in 2018, is still in “pre-production”.
This fact came to light thanks to the LinkedIn profile of a Bethesda employee, who also claimed that the only game in development at the studio, at the moment, is the highly anticipated space RPG, Starfield.
This title was also revealed in 2018, but unlike Elder Scrolls 6, we’ve seen a lot more about this game, which is due out later this year.
So when can we see Elder Scrolls 6? At the earliest – and this is to be optimistic – 2024.
Skyrim Anniversary Announced, Elder Scrolls 6 Still Years Away
Just when you thought you had your fill of Skyrm action, Bethesda announced Skyrim Anniversary Edition which will bring an enhanced version of the game to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
Fishing will be added to the game and if you already own the special edition of the game, you can upgrade at no additional cost. This announcement seems to further bolster claims that Elder Scrolls 6 won’t be released until at least 2023.
Todd Howard comments on the development of Elder Scrolls 6
After only being mentioned in passing at E3 2021, Todd Howard talked a bit more about the current state of The Elder Scroll 6, but fans might not be happy.
In an interview with The telegraph, Todd explains how fans should consider Elder Scrolls 6 to be still in the “design phase”. He expands further to explain how it’s about verifying that their new Creation Engine 2 can handle everything they want to accomplish in the game.
This will be hard to hear for fans of the franchise who thought a new game could be expected as early as 18 months. Recent comments seem instead to give more credence to the proposed release window for 2024-25.
Hammerfell confirmed via Starfield?
The cinematic trailer for Starfield Reveal was, by all accounts, a wonderful clip. A few details were a little fuzzy, but that set the scene nicely. There was also a stain/mark on a surface that supposedly looks like West Tamriel.
We know, we know… It’s the Chicken Nugget among us again, but there’s slight credence to the suggestion.
Hammerfell and the surrounding regions have been a longtime setting for Elder Scrolls 6, and we doubt Bethesda is opposed to releasing teasers and hints in their communications. The fact that many fans think the unusually bright spot in an otherwise blurry trailer looks like the map of Hammerfell could mean it’s actually a teaser…
Not convinced, you can check out the Xbox exclusive trailer for yourself below:
Elder Scrolls 6 was mentioned, but not shown at E3 2021
Fans of The Elder Scroll series will have to wait a little longer to get a glimpse of the next game.
We once learned that the game’s supposed subtitle, Redfall, is actually a brand new Arkane Austin IP. This will be disappointing for fans but shows that the leaks contained real information, just misinterpreted.
It could also mean that the belief that Q4 2024 is the release window is also accurate.
Elder Scrolls 6 Release Date
We don’t yet know a release date or window for Elder Scrolls 6. We had our tease a few years ago and nothing since. The slightly concerning thing for fans of the series is that Starfield may have come out first, which means the wait could be a few more years.
Knowing how Bethesda tends to operate, it’s incredibly rare for them to release two major self-developed titles in one year. A leak from earlier this year that we’ll get to later suggests the release could be as far away as 2024.
Elder Scrolls 6 Leaks
We’ve seen leaked Elder Scrolls 6 footage. It’s not the most exciting clip and it’s very short. It’s been confirmed to a few sources that the gameplay is real but is from a very early version of the game. Since nothing interesting happens in the clip, there’s nothing to defend.
The video above is from YouTuber Cranezi TV where he shows the clip and gives his opinion. If it was a fight clip that went wrong or was buggy, that would naturally be concerning. However, a short snippet of the player character running through a field, in first-person view, is quite tame.
Elder Scrolls 6 Setting
Again, no confirmation has been made for the Elder Scrolls 6 subtitle or setting. We did, however, see another leak suggesting that the subtitle will be Redfall. According to this leak, the game setting should be in the Hammerfell and High Rock areas.
The leak also suggests that the timeline will place Elder Scrolls 6 five years after the events of Skyrim. Finally, to lend credence to these leaks, the user hinted that Starfield would be released next year. This is contrary to several sources believing it could be released in 2021.