The highly anticipated sixth installment in the long-running role-playing franchise, dubbed simply as the Elder Scrolls 6 for now, has finally been made official.
While taking the stage for Bethesda Softworks at E3 2018 earlier today, director Todd Howard noted how everyone has been asking about the sequel for years. Unfortunately, the incredibly short teaser trailer just panned across an expansive environment with mountains and wilderness before flashing the title in the end.
There is almost nothing known about the upcoming installment at this point. However, what can be scrapped together makes it unlikely that the Elder Scrolls 6 will be releasing anytime soon.
Bethesda Game Studios has confirmed that the Elder Scrolls 6 is currently in pre-production. What this means is that the next chapter in the epic franchise is still in the design phase and could fairly be months away from churning out assets before undergoing full production. In other words, it will be a couple of years at the most before gameplay footage starts surfacing online.
It should also be noted that the Elder Scrolls 6 is slated to release after Starfield, a wholly original science-fiction role-playing franchise that similarly appears to be in early development. Bethesda Softworks has promised to release more details at QuakeCon 2018 in August but it is only natural that most resources are going to be dedicated to Starfield until its release. This puts the developer a few years away before fully devoting itself to the Elder Scrolls 6.
In the current scenario, there is little hope in seeing the Elder Scrolls 6 release before 2020. The upcoming sequel will undoubtedly take up the next three years but there could be further delays in light of development woes that come with projects of such magnitude.
There is one more thing that needs to be pointed out. Bethesda Softworks has a history of announcing projects when they are near completion. Both the Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim and Fallout 4 were shown for the first time less than a year before their respective release dates. The publisher may have decided to announce the Elder Scrolls 6 this early in order to involve the community with ongoing development. It should also help placate fans for what is probably a next-generation product.