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Todd Howard: Elder Scrolls 6 'Still In a Design Phase'

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If you’ve been waiting for more looks and reveals of Elder Scrolls 6, well, you might be kept waiting. According to Bethesda studio head Todd Howard, it’s still very much in the design phase.

Elder Scrolls 6 was first revealed back in 2018 during Bethesda’s E3 showcase. At the time, we received little more than just a simple pre-rendered cinematic revealing some landscape and the game’s logo. And…that was literally it.

Since then, Bethesda was acquired by Microsoft, driving questions of Elder Scrolls 6’s exclusivity to Xbox and PC. Back in October, Todd Howard noted restricting the game to Microsoft platforms would be “hard to imagine.”

In a new report from The Telegraph (paywall), it seems the game is still very much in development. This makes sense given Starfield is the studio’s immediate upcoming RPG slated to release on November 11, 2022 – 11 years to the day from Skyrim’s launch.

Howard expounded on Starfield and its new Creation Engine 2 powering the title,

“The [new Starfield] technology, Creation Engine 2, is sort of built for both. It’s like a new tech base. The vast majority of our [development] work is on Starfield right now but everybody works on everything so the projects kind of intertwine.”

Regarding Elder Scrolls 6, Howard confirmed the early stages of the game,

“It’s good to think of The Elder Scrolls 6 as still being in a design [phase]… but we’re checking the tech: 'Is this going to handle the things we want to do in that game?' Every game will have some new suites of technology so Elder Scrolls 6 will have some additions on to Creation Engine 2 that that game is going to require.”

So there we have it. Don’t expect to hear much about the next Elder Scrolls title as the team ramps up to Starfield’s release next year. But let’s see what the next few months hold.


Poorna Shankar