The Elder Scrolls 6 - everything we know so far (2024)

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The Elder Scrolls 6's release date has still not been revealed. In fact, we've not heard much of anything since it was revealed over five years ago. Aside from a teaser trailer, and some leaks here and there, much of the game remains a mystery.

What we can tell you for certain is that The Elder Scrolls 6 is indeed in development, and that it will be the next release for Bethesda Game Studios, now that Starfield is out. Even so, it's clear that the game is quite a ways out, especially following recent comments from Xbox head Phil Spencer. A shame, given it's easily one of the most highly anticipated upcoming games out there.

Here's what we know about The Elder Scrolls 6 so far, including a look at platforms we can expect it to launch on. Hopefully, we will hear more about the game by the end of 2024, now that Starfield is in the rear view mirror. When details do emerge, this page will be updated.

  • What is it? The long-awaited successor to Skyrim
  • When does it come out? TBC
  • What can I play it on? TBC - but evidence points to it being only on PC and Xbox Series X|S

The Elder Scrolls 6 platforms: is it an Xbox exclusive?

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Platforms for The Elder Scrolls 6 haven't been confirmed yet but, given Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda's parent company ZeniMax Media, releases on PC, and Xbox Series S|X are almost a certainty. A PS5 release has now been ruled out, according to documents revealed as part of the FTC vs Microsoft court case. Similarly, releases on Xbox One seems extremely unlikely, as Starfield shows Bethesda's moving on from last-gen hardware.

Will The Elder Scrolls 6 release on Xbox Game Pass?

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The Elder Scrolls 6 will be available on Xbox Game Pass on day one. This means that subscribers will be able to pick up the game at no extra costal the same day it releases for everyone else.

The Elder Scrolls 6 trailer

The only footage we have of The Elder Scrolls 6 is a very short clip of the game's logo. Other than that, you might be waiting a while to see more.Here's the announcement trailer:

Elder Scrolls 6 setting and story

We’re willing to bet that like all the other games in the series, The Elder Scrolls 6 will take place on the continent of Tamriel. Previous games have taken us to High Rock, Hammerfell, Morrowind, Cyrodil, and Skyrim. Valenwood, Elsweyr, and Black Marsh are the biggest places left to explore. However, even though these areas are prime spots for exploration, that's not to say that Bethesda won't return to areas from previous games.

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There were rumors that The Elder Scrolls 6 could be set in Valenwood, the home of the Bosmer. It’s an area of Tamriel that Bethesda hasn’t explored much and that's based on a reported internal Bethesda memo from all the way back in 2014. In this memo, Bethesda employees were reportedly warned against using the terms Fallout: Nuka World, Elder Scrolls VI or Project Greenheart.

It's hard to tell from the short E3 clip we have of the game. However, since it was shown, general opinion has moved towards the idea that The Elder Scrolls 6 will be set in either Hammerfell or High Rock.

Adding credence to the Hammerfell rumor is a post from the official Elder Scrolls Twitter account at the end of 2020. That says "transcribe the past and map the future" and shows an image with an unmapped Hammerfell region. There is, however, a chance that this teaser doesn't relate to Elder Scrolls 6 at all.

Obviously, those of us who know the world of Tamriel thanks to Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim and yes, even Elder Scrolls Online, the entire world is a veritable expanse of different lands and settings where the game could be set. We do know one thing for certain; wherever it does end up being set, we can expect to be fulfilling a great many side quests.

The Elder Scrolls 6 news

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New release window rumors
According to a court document revealed from the FTC v.Microsoftcase,The Elder Scrolls 6is expected to be released sometime during or after 2026, and is seemingly planned to be released solely on PC and Xbox (via The Verge).

The Elder Scrolls 6 is still in early development
In an interview with Spanish publication Vandal (as translated by Gamespot), Pete Hines revealed that The Elder Scrolls 6 is still likely a long way off.

"It's in development, but it's in early development."

Fallout 5 is coming after The Elder Scrolls 6

In an interview with IGN, Todd Howard confirmed that Fallout 5 will be Bethesda's next project after The Elder Scrolls 6.

"Yes, Elder Scrolls 6 is in pre-production and, you know, we’re going to be doing Fallout 5 after that, so our slate’s pretty full going forward for a while" Howard told the publication. "We have some other projects that we look at from time to time as well."

Bethesda wants to take its time to get it right
The Elder Scrolls 6 is probably still a few years away yet but that’s not because Bethesda is deliberately dragging its heels. In an interview with IGN, when discussing the gap between Skyrim and its follow up, Howard said “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. Do I wish I could wave a wand and the game we wanted to make [...] just came out? Absolutely.”

According to Howard, however, the time felt right for Bethesda to try something new with Starfield and The Elder Scrolls Online meant that the Elder Scrolls franchise was in a relatively good place.

“That being said,” he added, “everything takes longer than we would like as well, but we want to make sure that we get it right. Hopefully Elder Scrolls 6, you don’t want to say hey, that it’s worth that kind of wait, but that it does stand up to the series as it has been in a really big, impactful way for when it comes out.”

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The Elder Scrolls 6 - everything we know so far (2024)

FAQs

Is The Elder Scrolls 6 still 5 years away? ›

As of 2021, the game was still in the design phase. Based on Spencer's comments, fans shouldn't expect The Elder Scrolls 6 to launch until 2028 at the earliest. It's worth noting 2028 is the year Microsoft expects the next generation of consoles to launch.

Why did Starfield flop? ›

Gameplay and under-the-hood mechanics, or lack there of, are just fundamentally bad - not to mention BGS's blatantly neglected industry standards, QoL, and best practices. Monetization from their other low effort mobile/live service zoomer games spoiled them; now they couldnt make a game even if they wanted.

How long will Elder Scrolls 6 take to make? ›

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According to a court document revealed from the FTC v. Microsoft case, The Elder Scrolls 6 is expected to be released sometime during or after 2026, and is seemingly planned to be released solely on PC and Xbox (via The Verge).

Will Elder Scrolls 6 be bigger than Skyrim? ›

One Elder Scrolls fan has drafted up a potential map, predicting that The Elder Scrolls VI will be roughly on par with Oblivion's map, whilst being 50% larger than Skyrim's.

How many years apart are Skyrim and ESO? ›

With those timeframes, it's: 742 years between ESO and Morrowind. 748 years between ESO and Oblivion. 949 years between ESO and Skyrim.

Is Fallout 5 after Elder Scrolls 6? ›

As series director Todd Howard told us in an interview back in 2022, “Elder Scrolls 6 is in pre-production and, you know, we're going to be doing Fallout 5 after that.”

Where is Elder Scrolls 6 going to take place? ›

The prevailing theory is that the sequel will let players loose in Hammerfell – the central setting of The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall and The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard, as well as a visitable location in The Elder Scrolls Online.

Why did Bethesda release Skyrim so many times? ›

Part of its success is due simply to how many versions of Skyrim there are - Bethesda knows how surprisingly popular Skyrim still is, and it's taken advantage of that with rereleases on most available platforms.

Will there be a Skyrim 2? ›

What really matters is that Bethesda is, right now, working on a new Elder Scrolls game. Not Skyrim, not a Skyrim sequel, not a Skyrim spin-off, but a game that is actually being called The Elder Scrolls VI.

Is Elden Ring like Skyrim? ›

Elden Ring features a much larger map than Skyrim, providing many varied locations filled with potential enemies and quests to complete. While in Skyrim, you often travel gigantic distances never using your weapons – Elden Ring promises plenty of activities and breathtaking locations to explore.

How long is a year in Elder Scrolls? ›

Pretty much the same as a regular calendar (365 days divided up among 12 months). Not so for TES1 and TES2, though. Each month was 30 days long. How many in-game years can pass in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim?

How long have we been waiting for Elder Scrolls 6? ›

In 2021, industry insider Tyler McVicker indicated that we shouldn't expect The Elder Scrolls 6 until at least 2026. Given that Bethesda's focus over the last few years has been the Starfield release date, it came as no surprise when Pete Hines confirmed that TES 6 was still “in early development” in August 2023.

Will dragons return in Elder Scrolls 6? ›

And most notably, there won't be any dragons. This may come somewhat as a surprise to the Elder Scrolls community, as dragons were such a popular aspect of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. However, it makes sense when looking back at past games in the franchise.

How many years are there in Elder Scrolls Eras? ›

An era doesn't really have a specific set amount of time. For example the first era was 2920 years long. The second was 896 years long I believe. The third was 433 years and the fourth era is at least 201 years old.

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