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The Elder Scrolls 6 — everything we know so far

The Elder Scrolls 6
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There's not much in the way of fresh for 2022 information around The Elder Scrolls 6, and we suspect there won't be for a while yet. That's because the game is almost certainly at the earlier staged of development.

While The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which is still very playable today, we definitely feel it's time for a next-gen Elder Scrolls game before too many years pass.

However, Bethesda is focussing on releasing Starfield first, due out November 2022, so we won't expect The Elder Scrolls 6 to arrive until at least late 2023. 

As such, there's not a lot of information around what to expect from the game, though we can indulge in some speculation. So here’s what we know so far about The Elder Scrolls 6.  

The Elder Scrolls 6 release date speculation  

Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022 showcase came and when with no mention of The Elder Scrolls 6, with Starfield being the big open-world game that got all the attention. 

All we know so far is that The Elder Scrolls 6 is still in the early stages of development, meaning it likely a good few years off from a release; it could even be some time before it gets a major trailer or a game footage reveal. We'd tentatively say it'll be 2024 before we hear any solid information on a release date. 

The Elder Scrolls 6 trailer  

There’s only one trailer for The Elder Scrolls 6, and it shows very little about the game. No game footage was released, nor did we learn any details beyond the game's basic title and a sweeping shot across some mountains. The music was a riff on the familiar theme that has been present in the last several Elder Scrolls games.  

Despite the scant information in the trailer, it has that uncanny ability to conjure up excitement among Elder Scrolls fans. We still remember how the initial trailers for Skyrim set the pulses of open-world RPG fans racing.  

The Elder Scrolls 6 location  

All Elder Scrolls games take place on the mythical continent of Tamriel, with the past few games being located in specific nations on the continent: Morrowind in The Elder Scrolls 3, Cyrodill in The Elder Scrolls 4 and Skyrim in The Elder Scrolls 5. There hasn't yet been a single-player Elder Scrolls game that made it to the nations of Valenwood or Black Marsh, homes of the Wood Elves and the Argonians respectively. 

The Elder Scrolls 6 will take place in the continent of Tamriel

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But going by the mountains in the trailer, there’s been speculation that the game could take place in Black Rock, home of the mage-centric Bretons, or in Hammerfell, the land of the warrior-like Redguard. Or the game could span several of the Tamriel provinces, which is why it's simply been called The Elder Scrolls 6.   

The Elder Scrolls 6 gameplay 

With no game footage released for The Elder Scrolls 6, we can only guess that it will share some of the core game elements of Skyrim. The game will likely be a massive open-world game where you won’t have to follow the main story, and can instead wander well off the beaten path to clamber up mountains, plumb the depths of cave systems, and poke around ruined fortresses and towers. 

We do hope Bethesda will make a more compelling story in The Elder Scrolls 6, as the one in Skyrim was decent, but some of the side quests felt more compelling. Bethesda could take notes games like Red Dead Redemption 2 (opens in new tab) and The Witcher 3, which have a lot of side quests that relate to the games’ core stories. 

The Elder Scrolls 6 is likely to look as amazing as Skyrim did nearly a decade ago

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More dynamic combat and spell-casting wouldn’t go amiss. Neither would the ability to do more in the open world, like establishing a stronghold or leaving more of a mark on the world. If you planted a tree, for example, perhaps it would eventually grow. And we absolutely want Bethesda to find ways around repeated dialogue from NPCs. We're tired of hearing guards spout about how they used to be adventurers until they suffered arrow-related injuries to the lower parts of their bodies. 

Given that Bethesda is the publisher of the Dishonored games, the company could draw some inspiration from those titles and add some immersive sim elements into The Elder Scrolls 6. We’d like to be able to better traverse the open world and find new ways to tackle enemies, other than hacking away at them with swords and blasting them with fireballs. 

In short, we’re expecting The Elder Scrolls 6 to be a significant evolution over Skyrim, but still very much an Elder Scrolls game at its core. With the potential power that the Xbox Series X and PS5 can bring to bear, not to mention gaming PC hardware over the next few years, The Elder Scrolls 6 should look spectacular. We expect to see a whole lot of dramatic screenshots of vistas and skylines on social media when the game finally comes out. 

The Elder Scrolls 6 features and mods  

Skyrim spread across a load of platforms, and eventually ended up being a game you could play in VR. It's one of our picks for the best VR games (opens in new tab). So we’d not be surprised to see The Elder Scrolls 6 build upon that, and deliver a more refined and dynamic virtual experience for people with powerful PCs and some of the best VR headsets (opens in new tab) you can buy. 

Support for mods has seen Skyrim go from a vast open-world game to an RPG that can still feel fresh nearly a decade after its release in late 2011. With Steam Workshop mod support, it became trivially easy to add mods into the PC version of Skyrim. As a bare minimum, we’d expect The Elder Scrolls 6 to have a similar level of mod support. But we’d also like to see some form of mod support for the game on the next-generation consoles, including the Nintendo Switch 2 (opens in new tab), if that system comes out in the next few years. 

If Bethesda can do this, as well as create a compelling open-world game with a stellar plot and clever game systems, then The Elder Scrolls 6 could be a worthy follow up to Skyrim. But we’ll need to wait a while before we get an idea of how the game will to take shape, so come back here next time you’re hungry for Elder Scrolls news. 

The Elder Scrolls 6 Xbox and PC exclusive

While Skyrim may have been a multi-platform behemoth of a game, it's looking almost certain that The Elder Scrolls 6 will be limited to just Xbox consoles and Windows 10 PCs, following in the footsteps of Starfield.

This was given credence by Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who told GQ that: "It’s not about punishing any other platform, like I fundamentally believe all of the platforms can continue to grow. But in order to be on Xbox, I want us to be able to bring the full complete package of what we have. And that would be true when I think about Elder Scrolls VI. That would be true when I think about any of our franchises."

So Spencer has all but said The Elder Scrolls 6 wont be on PS5. That could disanoint some people, but the PS5 is far from shot of its own upcoming exclusive games. And this situation makes a compelling reason to have both consoles, p[roving you can find them. 

The Elder Scrolls 6 outlook

The Elder Scrolls

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With precious little solid information about The Elder Scrolls 6m it's hard to predict it's outlook. But another fantasy open-world game on an epic scale will certainly be welcome from Bethesda. 

And now that Bethesda Game Studios is part of Microsoft, it could mean the developer side of Bethesda might benefit hugely from Microsoft's tech, tools and expertise, making for a new Elder Scrolls game that could be superbly polished at launch and have a mind-blowing scale. 

Roland Moore-Colyer a Managing Editor at Tom’s Guide with a focus on news, features and opinion articles. He often writes about gaming, phones, laptops and other bits of hardware; he’s also got an interest in cars. When not at his desk Roland can be found wandering around London, often with a look of curiosity on his face. 

  • mrmessma
    Can't criticize an article for being light on details when there are no details to be had. Lots of speculation and optimism which I'm sure many share. Hopefully there is more info to come out of Bethesda about Starfield so we can get info on ES6 as well.
  • Bass_in_your_Fass
    Title: "The Elder Scrolls 6 release date..."

    Article: "There's no release date for The Elder Scrolls 6 yet..."

    Top notch journalism there, guy! (y)
  • BanzaiHeil
    Of course you can criticize the article for being light on the details. It didn't need to be written "just because." When there's news, THEN write the article. This was just a waste of time.
  • EmphaticGamer
    I'm sure you meant "High Rock" not "Black Rock" you may need to fire your editor...
  • Friesiansam
    Well whaddya know, this article has been pointlessly recycled all over again. No news, just clickbait, just like all the other Future Publishing websites.