It’s now officially been eight years since The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim was released by Bethesda, and since then we haven’t had any new mainline Elder Scrolls games come out. While The Elder Scrolls Online came out in 2014, and Bethesda is promoting The Elder Scrolls: Blades, what about The Elder Scrolls 6?
While Fallout is in a bad place these days with Fallout 4’s divisive reception and Fallout 76’s highly controversial existence, The Elder Scrolls is still in good standing with many, as Skyrim’s sheer modability is keeping people playing it long after it released.
But at the same time, we’ve learned essentially nothing about Elder Scrolls 6, though it did get a teaser trailer at the Bethesda conferenced during E3 2018. However, that trailer, showing a region of Tamriel that has yet to be named, is all that we’ve gotten of the game so far.
Because of that, the internet has been abuzz with questions, such as where we’ll be going this time, what the plot will be, and most importantly, the game’s actual release date. Since we didn’t get any glimpse of Elder Scrolls 6 at Bethesda’s E3 2019 presentation, we still know nothing about the game.
Elder Scrolls 6 Release Date, Story Details, Setting, Trailer, And More
Bethesda is already focusing on a number of other games recently alongside The Elder Scrolls 6, such as its science fiction RPG “Starfield”, along with Fallout and a number of other games that they’ve announced over the past few years.
According to Todd Howard, however, who is serving as game director on Elder Scrolls 6, we won’t be getting a title for the game until after the release of Starfield, which itself has a very hazy release window of either 2020 or 2021, so we’re still a long way away from any concrete information.
Howard says that the reason for this was because the development teams were exhausted by switching from Fallout to Elder Scrolls and back again, so it’s likely that right now they’re focusing all of their resources on Starfield to reduce stress on developers and then go all-in on Elder Scrolls 6 afterwards.
While most of these are just the product of Bethesda-affiliated studios, such as Doom Eternal, Shinji Mikami’s upcoming game Ghostwire, Commander Keen, and more, we haven’t heard much about anything from Bethesda in regards to new stuff (especially since the studio appears to be focusing more on Fallout 76 than anything else at the moment).
We may have to wait until another E3, possibly in 2020, for Bethesda to actually give us more information about Elder Scrolls 6. There’s also the possibility we may get information about it from some other event, but again, we’ll have to wait.
What is The Elder Scrolls 6 Location?
One of the hallmarks of the Elder Scrolls games is that we’ve been sent to a new area of Tamriel with each installment. While the original Elder Scrolls game, Arena, let us travel all over Tamriel, we also went ot places like the kingdom of Daggerfall in High Rock, the region of Morrowind, the central region of Cyrodiil, and most recently, Skyrim.
There are a number of different areas in Tamriel, however, that we haven’t visited yet. This includes the Summerset Isles (home of the High Elves and hopefully in Elder Scrolls 6, NOT the Aldmeri Dominion), Black Marsh, the home of the Argonians, Hammerfell, the home of the Redguards (which, while we visited it in The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard, has never featured in a mainline Elder Scrolls game), and the rest of High Rock, outside of Daggerfall itself. Elsweyr and Valenwood, home to the Khajiit and Wood Elves, respectively, also haven’t been featured.
The region that we saw in the E3 2018 trailer has been noted by most to be either Hammerfell or High Rock, due to its rocky and mountainous terrain. While Hammerfell is a desert region, the northern part of it closer to High Rock has desert mountains, so even without a view of any sort of desert, it being Hammerfell is a strong possibility.
However, the Imperial province of High Rock is absolutely filled with mountains, and is a peninsula as well, and since we can see the ocean from wherever the trailer takes place, there’s an equally strong possibility that we’ll be going there, as well.
The Elder Scrolls 6 Story and Lore Details
Since we’ve only had one trailer of the game so far, with no narration or any sort of exposition, there’s nothing really to go on in terms of what the story will be for The Elder Scrolls 6. Unlike Skyrim’s teaser trailer, where Erebus talked about dragons and the Skyrim Civil War and the coming of the Dragonborn, we’ve got no idea of what the story for Elder Scrolls 6 will be.
Considering the state that the Empire is in during Skyrim, where the Aldmeri Dominion has conquered three provinces (The Summerset Isles, Valenwood, and Elsweyr) and Hammerfell, Black Marsh, and Morrowind have all split off from the Empire, leaving it with Cyrodiil, High Rock, and Skyrim, with the possibility of the Emperor being assassinated, as well. If players side with the Stormcloaks during the Civil War quest chain, the Empire could also lose Skyrim.
Enormous shifts of power have often happened in the gap between Elder Scrolls games, especially in the time between Oblivion and Skyrim, where the two games were separated by a period of 200 years, long enough for the Empire ruled by the Septim Dynasty to collapse and be reformed under the Mede Dynasty.
Exactly how long the period will be between Skyrim and 6 remains to be seen, and anything can happen between that time. There could be a new war between the Empire and the Aldmeri Dominion, the Empire could experience a resurgence and once again bring all of Tamriel back under its authority, or could utterly collapse and leave Tamriel scattered into various disparate kingdoms once again.
There’s also undoubtedly going to be a hero that rises to do great things wherever the story starts. But whether it’s an evil wizard attempting to gain absolute power, dragons attempting to rise again, or even a more localized plot threatening to throw the region into chaos, it will likely take us on a grand journey regardless of what happens.
The Elder Scrolls 6 Release Date
We still have absolutely no idea of when the game is actually supposed to come out. The trailer at E3 2018 didn’t give us any clues, and all Bethesda has said on the matter is that it’s supposed to be coming out sometime after Starfield, Bethesda’s science fiction space-faring game, which itself doesn’t actually have a release date yet.
There’s also the matter of a platform. With the Xbox One Scarlett and Playstation 5 both slated to be coming out in 2020, it’s likely that Elder Scrolls 6 won’t be getting any sort of release on current-gen consoles. This would mark an entire console generation without an Elder Scrolls game, as Skyrim originally released on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 (even if it was later re-released on current-gen consoles).
We can likely expect to see the game sometime after 2020, maybe even in 2021 or beyond, so we still have a very long time to wait, and that’s depending on if Bethesda actually brings out a release date sometime soon.
However you want to look at it, Bethesda has some pretty big shoes to fill if they want Elder Scrolls 6 to be a success, and with the various missteps the company’s made over the years since Skyrim, with Fallout 4’s divisive reputation and Fallout 76’s bad reception, alongside a significantly lowered tolerance to Bethesda’s trademark bugs, there’s no telling how the game will come out.