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‘Elder Scrolls 6’ release date, trailer and location for epic Skyrim sequel

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At E3 2018, Bethesda Softworks chief software engineer Todd Howard teased that the hotly anticipated Elder Scrolls VI had entered “pre-production.” Bethesda has been fairly mum on the game in the time since.

How has production been faring in the years since? And how might Microsoft’s September 2020 purchase of Bethesda change the game’s schedule and release?

Here’s everything we know about Elder Scrolls 6.

While the game itself might be a few years away, we can piece together hints from Bethesda and online chatter to estimate when fans will be able to once again roam the craggy mountains of Tamriel, the main continent where all of the Elder Scrolls games take place.

‘Elder Scrolls’ fans could soon be returning to Tamriel.Bethesda Softworks

When is the Elder Scrolls 6 release date?

Bethesda has not announced an exact release date or even a release window for Elder Scrolls 6 yet. But Howard has stated that its development and release is completely reliant on the company getting another one of its projects out the door: Starfield.

“We had done so many things, we were going Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and you have this Starfield game in your head and you sorta say, well, when?” he told IGN in July 2019. “We are creatives, and we have to make this game and this is the time, and so Elder Scrolls VI is gonna have to wait a little bit.”

The science fiction title has been stuck in a development rut for over a decade at this point, and it has yet to receive its own release date. Howard teased that Starfield could be released on both current-generation and next-generation consoles back in 2018, but that seems very unlikely now.

‘Elder Scrolls’ fans praying that ‘Starfield’ gets released already.Bethesda Softworks

We probably won’t hear much more about the next Elder Scrolls until after Starfield‘s release date is announced. But it’s looking like the follow-up to Skyrim won’t launch until a few years into the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X’s lifespan.

A recent batch of allegedly leaked information that was later said to be false claimed that Bethesda was aiming for “Q4 2024,” which means no earlier than October 2024. While that info dump is now widely considered to have been faked, a release date four to five years from now doesn’t seem so far fetched especially since Bethesda began pre-production in 2018.

Is there an Elder Scrolls 6 trailer?

Not really. Bethesda did release a short announcement teaster to rile up fans at E3 2018. The video was mostly just a bird’s eye view of a sea-side city with. But fans might receive another teaser this year.

What the teaser trailer below:

Will Elder Scrolls 6 be on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, or the PC?

Since Elder Scrolls VI won’t arrive until after Starfield is released. While that game may launch cross-generation on current- and next-gen consoles, it’s looking likely that Elder Scrolls 6 will be a next-gen title. What’s more is that with Microsoft acquiring Bethesda in September 2020, it may be the case that Elder Scrolls 6 is a Microsoft exclusive for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC.

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.

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