Bethesda operates on a timeline closer to that of publishers like Valve, Blizzard, and Rockstar, releasing games when they’re good and ready, not a second sooner, and announcing them as close to the planned release as possible.
Even that knowledge isn’t enough to keep gamers from asking when the next game in the Elder Scrolls series is coming. Even though Fallout 4 only came last year and the team is still actively working on new downloadable content for the game, the demands are already coming breathlessly from eager fans.
During E3, director Todd Howard acknowledged that a sequel is coming at some point, saying that “I think it’s good to tell our fans in these moments, yes, of course we are.” What was unclear about that is whether they are going to make or are already making it.
Bethesda marketing boss Pete Hines confirmed via Twitter that the wait is going to be a pretty long one.
Hines said that Bethesda “isn’t working on [The Elder Scrolls VI] at the moment.”
Hines later clarified to PC Gamer that “[Howard] said we are going to make it,” not that it was in active development.
As I mentioned, though, Bethesda doesn’t tend to acknowledge their games even exist until they formally announce them, and they announce them mere months before release. When Hines says they’re not working on it, I really think that’s a big fat lie. While part of the team is continuing to pump out Fallout content and another part is polishing up the remaster of Skyrim, another part is very likely planning out The Elder Scrolls VI.
But we’re not going to hear a thing, even if someone leaks documents, until Bethesda is good and ready. So it’s time to strap in and wait. The Elder Scrolls VI hits PC, PlayStation, and Xbox… later.
@gabedn299 nope. Years and years.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) June 25, 2016