Bethesda presented The Elder Scrolls 6 in 2018 with a short teaser trailer, but information about the long-awaited sequel has been scarce since. Although little is known about the upcoming open world RPG program, we have gathered everything available from across the internet to prepare you for when Bethesda and Microsoft decide to reveal more about the game.
With E3 2021 and Microsoft-Bethesda holding a 90-minute joint presentation on June 13, there is always the possibility that The Elder Scrolls 6 will appear. Still, the game is reportedly years away from release. So with that in mind, here̵
Elder Scrolls 6 has a release date, and executive producer Todd Howard knows, but he said it would be “stupid” to announce. Whether it’s a release date or not, the game will not be out for a while. Following the initial revelation, ZeniMax Online Studios CEO Matt Firor suggested that it “not come anytime soon.” Firor also said the game maybe launch this console generation, further emphasizing how insecure the release really is.
What we know and expect at E3 2021
It is unknown what Bethesda will reveal during its joint E3 2021 presentation with Microsoft, although reports suggest that The Elder Scrolls 6 will not be at the center – if at all. One of the only concrete information we know about the game is that it marks the “biggest engine overhaul” Bethesda has made since Oblivion. The company even teased some of the features this new game engine should retain, including mod support. For more information on game insights, check out our feature that covers what we want to see from The Elder Scrolls 6 at E3 2021.
We know that The Elder Scrolls 6 will be released on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S, thanks to Microsoft’s $ 7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media earlier this year. And as part of this purchase, we also know that the game will hit the Xbox Game Pass the same day it is released worldwide, allowing players to jump into the long-awaited sequel in the open world without buying the game directly. (The same goes for all other first-class Bethesda titles, including Starfield.)
But whether The Elder Scrolls 6 will hit PS4 or PS5 remains a mystery. Rumors began to circulate that Microsoft, which buys ZeniMax Media, may indicate that all Bethesda games will be Xbox exclusive from now on. Microsoft has not yet counteracted this sentiment; however, Xbox CEO Phill Spencer has said the deal does not force any platform decisions.
Both Howard and Spencer have each said that their companies will consider releases and platforms on a “case-by-case basis”, possibly suggesting that at least the next oldest scrolling game could be multi-platform.
The Elder Scrolls 6 Reveal Teaser Trailer | Bethesda E3 2018
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Apart from the above teaser, Bethesda has not shared any other photos from The Elder Scrolls 6. The clip is short. It’s 36 seconds of a camera flying over a misty, mountainous region before reaching a clearing, and then the game’s title splashes across the center of the screen to immediately cut to black.
Sleuthing fans have suggested that The Elder Scrolls 6 may take place in Hammerfell, but neither the above teaser nor Bethesda confirm this.
Because The Elder Scrolls 6 does not have a public release date, the game is not available for pre-order anywhere. Furthermore, it seems that further details about the game will not be revealed in a few more years, as Bethesda senior vice president of communications Pete Hines said that The Elder Scrolls VI will come sometime after Starfield, a game that is also a mystery.
When pre-orders go live at the regular retailers – Best Buy, Target, Walmart, et al. – we will update this section to include details on available bonuses.
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