Todd Howard, Head of Bethesda Game Studios, has confirmed that Elder Scrolls 6 is deep in development and that he hopes fans will play the game for ‘a decade’.
Elder Scrolls 6 was announced at E3 2018 via a short clip revealing the title card of the game, some pretty scenery and not much else. Regardless, fans were incredibly excited.
So far, there hasn’t been a new trailer showing off gameplay, or even a hint at the game’s release date, but Todd Howard (director of Bethesda game studios) has revealed some new snippets of information in a new video.
During the video interview with IGN Howard was asked about the gap between the previous Elder Scrolls game and Elder Scrolls 6. Howard responded:
‘The gap in between is obviously going to be long, it already is. […] And I think when [fans]eventually see the game and what we have in mind, they’ll understand the gap more in terms of technology and what we want it to do.’
Indeed, the excitement that comes along with the announcement of a new Elder Scrolls game is partly thanks to the long wait since the last game. Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim was released in 2011, eight years ago.
Howard’s comments suggest that Elder Scrolls 6 is going to be significantly advanced relative to this previous instalment. Specifically, does he mean that the game will take advantage of the new features next-gen PS5 and Xbox Scarlett boast?
Or perhaps it’s more about development tools – the exact tech the Elder Scrolls team are using to build the game. Maybe we’ll see features never before witnessed in a fantasy RPG.
One thing that Howard hopes will carry over from Elder Scrolls 5 into Elder Scrolls 6 is the longevity of the game. In the same interview, Howard told IGN:
‘We’re eight years post-Skyrim. It lets us know going into Elder Scrolls 6 that this is a game we need to design for people to play for a decade at least.’
Impressively, Elder Scrolls 5 has continued to hold the attention of audiences for years. For example, the port of Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch is one of the best-selling games on that console. And then there’s all the Elder Scrolls DLC, plus enhanced editions and mods to consider.
However, some fans are increasingly worried about the ‘games as a service update’. With Howard saying he wants gamers to play Elder Scrolls 6 ‘for a decade at least’, there are concerns that the game might include too much costly post-launch content, trickled out over ten years.
Recently, another Bethesda game, Fallout 76, released in an almost unplayable form, feeling like an unfinished product. It’s taken numerous updates to get the game to an acceptable level, but many fans have already given up on it.
It would be a real shame for Elder Scrolls to follow this same model, for it to abandon the polished world-building, lore and characterisation available at launch that made the series famous. Hopefully, though, Bethesda have learned from Fallout 76.
If Bethesda adds as much attention to detail to Elder Scrolls 6 as they did to Skyrim, then it is entirely possible that fans will continue to play this role-playing game long after its release just as Howard hopes.
Bethesda has already announced that Elder Scrolls 6 (along with new IP Starfield) will both be next-generation games. It’ll likely be a few more months until more concrete details emerge, but Daily Star Gaming will keep you informed of any and all Elder Scrolls 6 announcements as they happen.