At the Bethesda E3 2018 press conference yesterday, the company surprised everyone by officially announcing The Elder Scrolls 6. A teaser trailer offered a sweeping view of what appears to be the new location of the game, including a look at the ocean and a glimpse of a dilapidated castle. Although it was an incredibly brief video, it was enough to get fans excited for the game and they are all eager to get their hands on it.
Unfortunately, though, it seems as though it may be a while until The Elder Scrolls 6 is released to the masses. In an interview with Geoff Keighley during his livestreamed show, Bethesda Game Studios director and executive producer Todd Howard revealed that the game is still in pre-production. As such, Howard explained, The Elder Scrolls 6 is not yet in a playable state internally. If the actual development team isn't able to play it just yet, then it's unlikely to be released to fans any time soon.
Howard also went on to explain the Bethesda game development process. The studio is often working on multiple projects at once, said the developer, with teams shifting around as a game enters pre-production, production and then by launch, most of the development team will be working on the game. Bethesda is currently going full steam ahead with its newly announced game Starfield which is currently in production and is in a playable state internally, so it's unclear exactly how many people are working on The Elder Scrolls 6.
While fans would love to get to play The Elder Scrolls 6 as soon as possible, some will be glad to know that Bethesda is taking its time. As Bethesda itself noted during the E3 2018 press conference when it announced the Fallout 76 beta, its games have been criticized in the past for their technical issues. The longer that Bethesda is able to work on the game and iron out the kinks, the less likely that the game is going to be hampered by bugs at launch.
Moreover, there is some discussion that The Elder Scrolls 6 will not be released on PS4 and Xbox One and will instead launch on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Two. Again, the longer that the game is in development, the better understanding the team will have with the new consoles and the more power it can wring out of them.
The Elder Scrolls 6 is currently in development. Release platforms have not yet been announced.