At E3 2018, Bethesda offered fans the briefest of teasers for The Elder Scrolls 6, which accomplished virtually nothing except confirmed that the game is coming at some point. Since then, Bethesda has been radio silent on The Elder Scrolls 6 and what the game will have in store, but a trademark dispute may reveal its setting.
This trademark dispute has been ongoing, and is between ZeniMax Media, Bethesda's parent company, and the website BookBreeze.com, which publishes a series of novels called Redfall. Redfall is also a location in The Elder Scrolls games, and rumors have been pointing to it being the setting of Elder Scrolls 6 for some time now. If Redfall is the setting of Elder Scrolls 6, it's likely that it will also be the game's subtitle, which could be why Bethesda is pushing hard to get the trademark.
Some fans may already be familiar with this trademark dispute, but there has been a new development. Apparently, ZeniMax has asked for the dates of the trademark dispute to be pushed back by a month as it is engaged in settlement discussions with BookBreeze, meaning some kind of negotiations are going on between the two companies.
This is good news for Elder Scrolls fans, as it means they may not have to wait quite as long to get their hands on the next game in the long-running franchise. Previously, this trademark dispute threatened to delay Elder Scrolls 6 to 2021 at the earliest, though it's possible that the game still won't be out until then.
Right now, Bethesda is working on Starfield, it's new open world sci-fi game that is expected to be the focus of its E3 2019 presentation. Considering this, The Elder Scrolls 6 may still be years away from release. However, due to the poor reception of Fallout 76, it's possible Bethesda will fast-track the game's development to get itself back in the good graces of its dedicated fans.
That's at least the theory of game industry analyst Michael Pachter, who has made the bold prediction that The Elder Scrolls 6 will actually release in 2019. That seems incredibly unlikely, especially since The Elder Scrolls 6 is almost certainly a next-gen game, but we may find out more during Bethesda's press conference at E3 in June.
The Elder Scrolls 6 is in development for unspecified platforms.