Bethesda shares update on The Elder Scrolls 6's development

by Danny Craig  · 
Bethesda shares update on The Elder Scrolls 6's development

Bethesda has provided a long-awaited update on the next mainline Elder Scrolls installment as the franchise celebrates its 30th anniversary, confirming a working build has been created.

The details:

  • In a message posted to X, the studio confirmed that ES6 is in development following the release of Starfield last year, and that playable builds now exist. “Last but not least, yes, we are in development on the next chapter – The Elder Scrolls VI,” Bethesda said. “Even now. returning to Tamriel and playing early builds has us filled with the same joy, excitement, and promise of adventure.”

  • ES6 was first revealed at E3 2018 with a brief teaser after Bethesda felt compelled to confirm the title's pre-production status after "pitchforks and torches were out" from fans. Skyrim lead designer Bruce Nesmith also revealed that the game would have a leveling system similar to Skyrim's, whereas ES6 would have a different magic system with "traces" of its predecessor.

  • Skyrim, the franchise's last major entry, was released in 2011. Since then, the developer has released Fallout 4, Starfield, and the remastered Skyrim: Special Edition, with former Bethesda executive Pete Hines stating that fans should not expect details about ES6 until "a few years after" Starfield's release.

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