Could the ‘Elder Scrolls 6’ introduce even more epic battles to the franchise?Bethesda Softworks
Where in Tamriel is Elder Scrolls 6 set?
The aforementioned leak also claimed that Elder Scrolls 6 will take place in both High Rock and Hammerfell, which are the two neighboring regions to the west of Skyrim.
Players will allegedly be thrown into a period of regional unrest and take part in large-scale battles involving some of the biggest power-players in Tamriel. So think Skyrim, but instead of factions within a single region, players will be dealing with continental politics on a much wider scale.
The leaker states that Bethesda is waiting until the PS5 and Series X are a few years into their life cycle. The publisher wants to make the most use out of the consoles’ next-generation hardware to render sprawling environments and battles with potentially hundreds of warriors, archers, and mages on screen at once.
“Most of these regions will be warring against each other,” wrote the anonymous leaker. “This is because Bethesda wants to use this generation’s hardware to create some huge, epic battle scenes with dozens, if not hundreds of characters battling on-screen in real-time.”
Again, all of this was allegedly proven as false by Redditors but it does seem like a natural progression of Skyrim, which had its own big battle scenes that could seriously be elevated with next-gen console hardware.
Will Elder Scrolls 6 be Xbox exclusive?
With the console wars in full swing as the next-generation is right about to begin, the big question is what exactly Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda means for Elder Scrolls VI. Will the game be Xbox exclusive? Skyrim has been ported to essentially every console released in the last decade, but could the Elder Scrolls VI exist on just one?
The short answer is that we don’t know just yet.
When Microsoft acquires companies, they don’t often reduce the platforms major games are available on. For example, when they bought out Mojang, the studio behind Minecraft, Microsoft placed minimal limits on the developer, even allowing them to continue support of the game’s PlayStation ports.
We could see something similar for Elder Scrolls VI.
Bethesda confirmed in September 2020 that the franchise’s MMO spin-off, Elder Scrolls Online, will remain active on PlayStation consoles despite the acquisition. Speaking to Bloomberg, Xbox head Phil Spencer promised that already PlayStation exclusives like Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo would remain timed-exclusive for PlayStation consoles. He further said that all future Bethesda releases will be natively available on Xbox, PC, and Game Pass. “We’ll take other consoles on a case-by-case basis,” Spencer said.
That makes it sound as though multiplatform releases are still possible depending on the surrounding circumstances. If Elder Scrolls 6 is multiplatform, there might still be some exclusivity with the release. Elder Scrolls 6 could be a timed exclusive for Xbox or the presumed post-release expansions could be timed exclusives for Xbox. A similar deal was in place for Skyrim. The expansions Dawnguard and Dragonborn both arrived on Xbox months in advance of a PlayStation release. If Microsoft protected exclusivity for Elder Scrolls 6, it might be a huge boon for Xbox — particularly if you could only play the game on Xbox consoles.
Elder Scrolls VI is in development.