Bethesda has shared a release date on The Elder Scrolls 6 and the update is, more or less, that the game is still quite far away from releasing. When it releases, we still don't know what platforms it will be for. PC, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X are the safe bets, but the longer the game takes to release the chances of it coming to Xbox One begin to plummet. Meanwhile, there's no reason to expect it to come to PS5. That said, according to Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard, fans don't need to worry about any of this right now because the game isn't releasing anytime soon.
During a recent interview, Howard addressed the game and how long fans have been waiting to see the follow-up to Skyrim. To this end, Howard admits the gap has been less than ideal.
"Would you plan to have the kind of gap we're having between Skyrim and the follow-up? I can't say that's a good thing," said Howard to IGN. "Do I wish I could wave a wand and the game we wanted to make [...] just came out? Absolutely."
Building upon this, Howard revealed that Starfield was prioritized over The Elder Scrolls VI because the team felt like if the game wasn't made "now," it may "never" be made.
"We felt doing something like Starfield... we'd been wanting to do something else for a long time and play in a new universe, so if not now - I'm going back in time, we started right after Fallout 4, so 2015 - if not now, when? It felt like, if we didn't do it then, the 'when' could be 'never," said Howard.
While Howard doesn't mention a release date or a release window for The Elder Scrolls VI, what this does confirm is that the bulk of Bethesda Game Studios is working on Starfield and will be until it releases. What does this mean for the next Elder Scrolls game? It likely means it's still in pre-production, and thus, at the very least, still several years away.
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