The Elder Scrolls 6 Will Feature Same Leveling As Skyrim, Former Designer Says

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The Elder Scrolls 6 is in development at Bethesda, and fans are eager to learn anything they can about the game. Despite nothing official coming from Bethesda itself, there are some hints at what the game will have thanks to a former employee at the studio. According to a former design director at Bethesda, The Elder Scrolls 6 will carry over the same leveling and progression system from The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim.

Bruce Nesmith, who worked on Skyrim and Starfield before leaving Bethesda in 2021, spoke with Minnmax and said that the new game would “absolutely” feature the same system.

“The whole magic system for Skyrim, I persuaded Todd [Howard] to let me throw out the baby and the bathwater and let me restart from scratch, and he trusted me enough to do that,” Nesmith said. “There will probably still be traces of that in six.

“The whole, ‘you do it to get better at it,’ while that was not my unique idea, I had a large hand in that, that’s absolutely going to continue. A lot of the concepts dealing with how you level and things like that, there’ll be a bunch of new ideas thrown in, but I’m betting some of the stuff that I worked on will still survive to the new one.”

It’s worth noting that because Nesmith is no longer at Bethesda, he can’t guarantee the feature will be a part of the new game. Especially with a game as early in development as this. That said, if someone as high up as Nesmith says something is coming back, it’s worth listening to.

Despite being first announced back in 2018, The Elder Scrolls 6 isn’t expected until 2026 “at the earliest”. It’s also unlikely that the game will appear on PlayStation when it releases.

It’s also been confirmed that the game will be built on the same engine as Starfield.

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