Bethesda has confirmed it’s highly anticipated role-playing game The Elder Scrolls 6, which was officially announced in 2018, has entered early development.
Speaking to Vandal about the imminent release of Starfield, Bethesda head of publishing Pete Hines confirmed the Skyrim sequel has completed the pre-production stage and moved into the development phase.
Hines was asked if fans will hear more about The Elder Scrolls 6 once Starfield launches. “We have put all of our studio’s focus on making this game the best it can be,” he said, translated by ResetEra user Shoot.
“And yes, there are people working on The Elder Scrolls 6, but this is what the studio has focused on. So no, you are not going to hear soon about The Elder Scrolls 6. Starfield is our focus for now, and it’s going to remain our priority for a while before we talk about anything else.”
When asked to confirm if The Elder Scrolls 6 was still in pre-production, Hines said: “No. It’s in development, but it’s in early development.”
While speaking to press about Starfield earlier in August, Bethesda director Todd Howard suggested, looking back, he probably wouldn’t have revealed The Elder Scrolls 6 in the same way. “I probably would’ve announced it more casually,” Howard said.
The announcement came alongside a brief teaser trailer at E3 2018, but outside of small snippets here and there, Bethesda really hasn’t shared any more about the game, likely because it’s still very far away.
Revealed during Microsft’s FTC trial in June, Xbox boss Phil Spencer confirmed The Elder Scrolls 6 is still “five plus years away”, meaning fans will be waiting a long, long time before getting to play the next fantasy RPG from Bethesda.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelance reporter. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.