During its E3 2017 press conference, Bethesda offered several The Elder Scrolls-related announcements, including the confirmation that Skyrim VR is coming to PlayStation VR. But these announcements did not include an official reveal of The Elder Scrolls 6.
On social media, many fans took the company to task and asked why the Skyrim follow-up was a no-show during its presser. In a YouTube Live interview Geoff Keighley, Bethesda’s vice president of marketing Pete Hines explained that the simple reason for that is because The Elder Scrolls 6 development hasn’t even started yet.
Hines said that the team has “at least two major titles that they are working on before we’re gonna get to Elder Scrolls 6.” The Bethesda executive stated that The Elder Scrolls 6 development isn’t going to begin as the team works on these major titles, as well as other projects such as bringing Skyrim to the Nintendo Switch. The game isn’t a small sort of Fallout Shelter game, it would be a “big, multi-platform” release.
Hines also spoke about the rumors that are swirling around about the not-in-development game. The executive apologized to fans who got “swept up in” rumors started by people posing as Bethesda employees and ‘leaking’ information about various trademarks on various message boards. Hines also brought up Michael Pachter’s The Elder Scrolls 6 prediction, as the infamous analyst previously claimed that the game would be out this year.
While Hines and the rest of the Bethesda team seem to recognize that fans are desperate for official word about the game, it also seems as though the executive is a little frustrated with the constant questions. Bethesda game creator Todd Howard has himself stated that The Elder Scrolls 6 is a ‘long way off’ from being released and yet eager fans still pester both men (and other employees at the company) for news. There are only so many ways to say ‘we have no information to share at this time.’
And even those who have since cooled down about the game may find themselves frustrated with fellow fans who continue to ask about the title. As the rocky development of Mass Effect: Andromeda showed, games created by a rushed development team don’t tend to turn out so well. So although some are eager in turning up the heat, thinking it will get the game quicker, it may be best if everyone gives Bethesda a chance to work on The Elder Scrolls 6 in its own time.