Pete Hines: Elder Scrolls 6 Is Officially in ‘Early Development’

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In an interview, Bethesda Game Studios’ Pete Hines spoke about Elder Scrolls 6, bringing to light a very important fact shrouded in the midst of all the Starfield goings-on.

He stated that Elder Scrolls 6 has officially entered ‘development’ after moving out of the pre-production phase. This means that Elder Scrolls 6 is actively being built as we speak, even if there’s a long, slow process ahead – it was referenced in June that there are at least five years before we see any kind of finished Elder Scrolls 6 product.

Elder Scrolls 6 is (Kind of) on The Way

It was during an interview with Vandal that Pete Hines dropped the development-related bomb about Elder Scrolls 6, explaining that while Starfield is Bethesda Game Studios’ chief focus at present, there are officially people working on the development of the next iteration in the legendary Elder Scrolls franchise:

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.

Translated from Vandal’s text

In June, during the FTC vs. Microsoft trial, it was revealed that Elder Scrolls 6 could still be ‘at least five years away’ from being released. However, we’re going to assume that Bethesda’s fans are still going to be neck-deep in Starfield by then if the size and scope of the space-faring adventure are anything to go by.

Of course, this news also puts back further Bethesda projects — Fallout 5, for example. It was mentioned by Todd Howard a while ago that there’s ‘an idea’ for Fallout 5, but that’s it – it’ll likely be another decade before we see another Fallout title if we ever do at all.

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