Elder Scrolls 6, the next iteration of Bethesda’s long-standing epic RPG series, was announced some time ago, but little information has come out of the developer ever since.
Since then, Bethesda's properties have been bought by Microsoft and Xbox creating a new dynamic for the popular RPG.
The franchise has birthed some of the most popular games in its genre and has sold more than 50 million copies since it came into being with the 1994 release of The Elder Scrolls: Arena.
The latest title, Skyrim, came out in 2011 to rave reviews and is still selling well to this day; so much so it's still being implemented onto new devices even now.
With the game confirmed to be in development, we’ll be collating any and all information about the title so be sure to bookmark this article to stay up to date!
Here's what we know about Elder Scrolls 6.
2026 Release Date??? - 31st January
A new tweet by Tyler_McV, who is known throughout the games community as an industry insider. Has noted that he does not expect Elder Scrolls 6 to release until 2026-2027!
I expect FNV2 in the latter half of this decade. I expect TES6 in 2026-7. I expect anything close to a Fallout 5 in the 2030s. Starfield is next, and even that needs another year or two.
Indiana Jones Affecting Elder Scrolls 6? - 13th January
The Indiana Jones game Bethesda announced today won't have an impact on the development of The Elder Scrolls 6, Bethesda marketing boss Pete Hines has confirmed.
Bethesda's Todd Howard will continue to focus primarily on directing Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6, despite being attached to the Indiana Jones game as Executive Producer.
Elder Scrolls Teases Elder Scrolls 6? - 8th January
Bethesda has recently teased a map as part of a new year greeting.
The map is of the region of Skyrim and features three lights.
One is by “Province of Skyrim” caption for the map, also in the unmapped area of Hammerfell.
Another is by the location of Solitude, the capital of Skyrim.
The final light is by a pile of coins, which were featured in the collector's edition of 2020’s Greymoor expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online.
It seems like whatever is coming, it may not be long before we hear about it and its linked heavily to Skyrim.
Microsoft Want Future Bethesda Games To Be 'First Or Best' On Xbox - 17th November 2020
“What we’ll do in the long run is we don’t have intentions of just pulling all of Bethesda content out of Sony or Nintendo or otherwise,” Tim Stuart, Xbox's Chief Financial Officer said.
“But what we want is we want that content, in the long run, to be either first or better or best or pick your differentiated experience, on our platforms. We will want Bethesda content to show up the best as — on our platforms."
Could this be the case for Elder Scrolls 6?
Elder Scrolls 6 Is A Very Long Time Away - 11th May 2020
Just a friendly reminder that ES6 is years away!
Replying to a fan who asked for details on TES6, Hines said, “It’s after Starfield, which you pretty much know nothing about. So if you’re coming at me for details now and not years from now, I’m failing to properly manage your expectations.”
March 2020 Leaks - 25th March 2020
A series of rumours have surfaced regarding the potential setting, as well as its primary quest and release date.
A Reddit user under the name 'ToddIsMyMom' jumped on the Bethesda subreddit and claimed they had classified information about the upcoming game.
“I’m not going to say where exactly I work or who I might know, because I like job security and leaking information is the first huge step to losing that job security, suffice it to say, I’m close with Bethesda Game Studios, and I understand what it’s like to itch for news on a favourite game.”
Supposedly, the game takes place in Hammerfell and High Rock, but the area seen in the announcement trailer (according to ToddIsMyMom) is actually Yokuda.
The leaker also added that “High Rock hasn’t been really explored since Daggerfall," and “Hammerfell has a ton of interesting lore that’s really shaping quests and plot lines.”
They then began to explain details about the game's main quest and how it revolves around Direnni Tower. As well as claiming that The Thalmor (being as evil as ever) are involved and are taking advantage of the tensions between Hammerfell and High Rock... Pesky Thalmor.
ToddIsMyMum then went on to describe various features, such as a revamped magic system with bulkier spells, a new crafting system, the potential for some "pretty cool" DLC, and a possible return of the Vampire Guild, which we haven't seen since Morrowind.
Possibly the most notable part of the leak was the supposed release date. The leaker suggested that a November 2025 release, meaning (if this is true, of course) we still have a long way to go before we can hold a copy of The Elder Scrolls 6 in our hands
When Is Elder Scrolls 6 Released?
Elder Scrolls 6 won’t be releasing anytime soon. Back in 2018, Todd Howard stood up on stage at E3, announced that development was in progress and released a short, undescriptive trailer.
Even though the game is in development, Howard previously announced Starfield, a new IP intended to be the next title released by Bethesda. He explained in an interview with IGN that we won’t see Elder Scrolls 6 before this new IP is out on shelves.
“We had done so many things, we were going Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Fallout… You have this Starfield game in your head, you sort of say, well, when? It can never be, you could say never. But look, we’re creatives, and it’s like we have to make this game, and this is the time. So Elder Scrolls 6 is going to have to wait a little bit. And plus, again, Elder Scrolls Online is doing so well, it’s so vibrant, that this is the time, both for us creatively and our audience”.
Where Will The Elder Scrolls 6 Be Set?
The game's location is a very important topic. Tamriel, also known as The Arena, the continent on which the Elder Scrolls is set in, is made up of several nations each with their own cultures, customs and lore so deep you start questioning your own reality.
Fans have tried to guess the location based on the small teaser trailer which showed high mountain peaks, a medieval-looking castle and a coastline.
This has led people to believe we’ll be heading back to High Rock and potentially Hammerfell. There was also a suggestion the land looked like it was flattened by a giant tidal wave, hinting it could be the lost island of Yokuda.
Black Marsh is out of the question as it’s considered uninhabitable for most of the races on the continent however locations can be retconned as Oblivion has shown us when it went from being described as a jungle in previous games to a more temperate climate in game.
Todd Howard confirmed the location has been decided by the team however so far none of that information has gone public.