Gaming analyst Michael Pachter is known for making bold predictions about the future of the video game industry. At the start of each year, he releases some predictions about what the next 12 months in particular will have in store, and according to his latest predictions, 2019 may very well see the release of The Elder Scrolls 6 from Bethesda.
Pachter believes that Bethesda is going to accelerate the development of The Elder Scrolls 6, largely due to the failure that was Fallout 76. Fallout 76 flopped in sales and with critics, and was the start of a series of PR embarrassments from Bethesda, ranging from a wide range of in-game bugs to collector's edition gripes. Pachter thinks that a hit game is essential for Bethesda, which is why the studio will work to release Elder Scrolls 6 this year.
Out of all of Pachter's recent predictions, this seems to be one of the most unlikely. A game like The Elder Scrolls takes years to develop, and all we've seen of The Elder Scrolls 6 is a brief teaser and a logo. Not only that, but Bethesda has indicated in the past that its sci-fi RPG Starfield is on deck before the next Elder Scrolls game anyway.
Furthermore, last summer at E3 2018, Bethesda's Todd Howard himself confirmed that The Elder Scrolls 6 was not in a playable state. Combine this with rumors that The Elder Scrolls 6 may be aiming for next-gen consoles instead of the PS4 and Xbox One, and Pachter's prediction seems even more unlikely.
However, anything is possible, and since Bethesda likely didn't anticipate Fallout 76 flopping so hard, maybe it will somehow push out The Elder Scrolls 6 in record time. It's also possible that Bethesda has been focusing on The Elder Scrolls 6's development over Starfield for some time, and that it was always planned to release sooner than expected, but fans shouldn't get their hopes up.
Not to mention Bethesda hasn't abandoned Fallout 76 just yet. The studio still plans on supporting the game with content updates throughout 2019, and will also be working on addressing bugs and other lingering issues. Whether or not Bethesda's efforts see players return to Fallout 76 remains to be seen, but we should learn more about the company's plans for 2019 in general as the year goes on.
The Elder Scrolls 6 is in development for unspecified platforms.