Despite the fact it feels like The Elder Scrolls 6 never coming, I promise you it is. One day, we'll be playing Elder Scrolls 6: Whatever It's Called and laughing to ourselves that we ever worried we wouldn't. Bethesda is still focused on things like The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, but there are rumblings and vague confirmations that a sequel to Skyrim is in the works - no matter how many times the studio tries to deny it’s happening. If you can't wait for the inevitable Elder Scrolls 6 announcement, why not see if Elder Scrolls Online is up your street by checking out our article on the right. Until then, here’s everything we know about Elder Scrolls 6.
Update: November 29, 2017 - Yes, Elder Scrolls 6 will be made, "eventually".
Pete Hines, VP of PR and marketing at Bethesda, has been doing the rounds again talking about DOOM and Skyrim on the Switch and in VR. But of course, the age old question of "What's happening with the Elder Scrolls 6?" just had to come up.
He confirmed yet again that the game will happen at some point to GameSpot, saying "The Elder Scrolls 6 will eventually be made. It is multiple big releases down the plan for [Bethesda Game Studios]."
In an interview with GamesRadar+, Hines said that he knows everyone wants to know about Elder Scrolls 6.
"I went to Todd [Howard, director of Bethesda Game Studios] a couple of E3s ago and said 'Everybody’s going to ask us about The Elder Scrolls 6. You have to help me, you have to help me come out and say what the studio’s path is, and when The Elder Scrolls 6 is coming, to try and manage expectations.'"
But more importantly, he stressed that Bethesda Game Studios doesn't want to be known as a team that just makes Fallout and Elder Scrolls games, pointing out Guerrilla's bravery with Horizon Zero Dawn
"[The development teams] aren't just a vending machine where you press for the soda and they just go back and forth - they want to be able to stretch their legs creatively, or try a new idea, or do something different and not just fall into the same pattern."
"I think you see a lot of developers do that, and quite honestly, if we didn’t have folks break from it then you don’t get . Like, how unbelievable is that game?"
Update: August 15, 2017 - Bethesda are hiring new roles. Like, a lot of them.
A grand total of are currently being advertised on Bethesda’s job website, all of them based in Rockville, Maryland. From Quest Designers to Concept Artists, Bethesda certainly seems to be ramping up for a big project. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus and The Evil Within 2 are due to be released in October 2017, so it seems unlikely that the company would be introducing new roles into those projects so late. Might these new jobs be for people who are about to start working on The Elder Scrolls 6? We can only hope...
Warning! Below are story spoilers for the finale of the Dark Brotherhood questline in Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. Read at your own risk!
Elder Scrolls 6 location is hopefully somewhere new
Details are so sparse that even vague rumours about where Elder Scrolls 6 will take place are difficult to come across. There’s certainly no shortage of locations, however. The last time the series took us somewhere completely new was when we visited Solstheim in the Dragonborn DLC, exploring an ash-covered Island populated by Dunmer. Both Oblivion and Skyrim took us to places inhabited dominantly by humans, so we’re guessing that a change is on the cards.
Within Tamriel there’s the elvish countries of Valenwood, lush woodland home to the Bosmer, or the Summerset Isles where the snobbish Altmer rule. Or the series could take a trip to Black Marsh where the Argonians live, a marshland rife with exotic poisons and guerrilla warfare. Last on the cards is Elsweyr. Hot, arid, and the home of moon sugar plantations, the Khajit hail from there and are often heard reminiscing about its beautiful landscape. Wherever we visit, it’s sure to be crammed full of quests and a whole new political climate - especially considering the civil war of Skyrim.
Perhaps the side you choose will even have an impact on the story - a victory for the Stormcloaks would mean a weaker Empire, but more racism towards the elves. Fighting for the Empire would further their suffocating bureaucracy and the lack of religious freedom - but let’s not forget that the Dark Brotherhood storyline had you assassinate the Emperor. What kind of state did that leave the Empire in? We’ll have to wait to find out...
Elder Scrolls 6 news is thin on the ground
Knowing how far Elder Scrolls 6 is into development is tricky. Very tricky. Back in 2016 Bethesda’s Todd Howard told “I think it's good to tell our fans in these moments, yes, of course we are making Elder Scrolls 6. It's something we love. But it is — I have to be careful what I say — it's a very long way off. I could sit here and explain the game to you, and you would say, 'That sounds like you don't even have the technology — how long is that going to take?' And so it's something that's going to take a lot of time, what we have in mind for that game”. Remaining enigmatic as ever, it sounds like Howard has some pretty ambitious plans for the series. Perhaps we could be seeing the inclusion of something that can’t quite be done with current tech. Fallout 4 included building your own settlements and managing their creation of resources, so perhaps Bethesda is looking to include a similar thing in Elder Scrolls 6. Either that, or it’s something completely new which we can’t wait to see.
Fast-forward to 2017 and Howard changed his tune. Speaking in an interview with , he said that the team “have at least two major titles that they are working on before we're gonna get to Elder Scrolls 6. TES 6 is not in dev while we work on [those]”.
Anyone can guess now that those two major titles Bethesda is working on are The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus - so hopefully Elder Scrolls 6 is next on the to-do list.
Elder Scrolls 6 release date is far, far away
Bethesda only tend to announce games once they’re almost ready for release - so it’s no surprise that we haven’t heard anything official about Elder Scrolls 6 yet. We’re betting that if (and that’s a colossal-sized if) development has already started we should get a teaser in 2018 for a release in 2019. Hopefully...
Elder Scrolls 6 races aren’t likely to be anything new
Seeing as Skyrim didn’t add any new races to the selection, it’s doubtful whether we’ll get the chance to play as anything other than elves, khajit, argonians, or humans. Sea elves are in the Elder Scrolls Online, however - meaning that they have the tiniest of chances of being included in Elder Scrolls 6. Don’t bet on it, though.
Elder Scrolls 6 platforms will let everyone play!
Safe to bet it’ll be PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Can’t imagine Bethesda would foray into it being a exclusive.