The Elder Scrolls 6 is not coming out until 2028 (at least)

This would mean that the next Fallout game isn't scheduled to start development until much later this decade if not the next one.

Being an Elder Scrolls fan is an exercise in patience. In 2011, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim graced gamers worldwide with the kind of immersive experience that's matched only by a few in terms of scope and depth, establishing itself firmly as one of the most successful games of all time. After a decade-long wait, fans are still waiting for news about its successor, The Elder Scrolls 6. But, as it seems, the wait is far from over.

Even if it takes two decades for The Elder Scrolls 6 to come out, we're pretty sure fans will still be looking forward to it.

The latest news about Elder Scrolls comes directly from the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, during the Microsoft vs FTC hearing regarding Activision's acquisition.

Among other things, like Starfield and its exclusivity, Spencer was questioned about the platforms where TES6 will be on. However, his response hinted at a distant launch: "It's so far out it's hard to understand what the platforms will even be," he said. According to him, the game is "five plus years away", implying a 2028 release date at the earliest.

The initial announcement of TES6 during E3 2018, followed by radio silence, has left fans speculating over its progress. But Bethesda Game Studios, known for its one-game-at-a-time approach, has been preoccupied with Starfield, announced the same time as TES6. Starfield's imminent release in September suggests that TES6's development is still in its early stages.

The delay has fans and industry pundits speculating about the future of TES6. With the probable launch of the next Xbox and the PlayStation 6 around 2028, the likelihood of TES6 not being around until the next generation of consoles launches is thrown into question. 

Spencer's hesitance in naming the platforms for TES6 could suggest an air of uncertainty surrounding console exclusivity. While he had previously hinted in 2021 that Elder Scrolls 6 might be an Xbox exclusive, he has since backtracked on these statements.

It wouldn't surprise us if The Elder Scrolls V put Bethesda in a tight spot by setting the bar too high.

However, even amidst this ambiguity, it's important to note that Bethesda is no stranger to multi-platform releases. Skyrim itself debuted on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC and then expanded to a multitude of platforms, including Xbox Series X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4, and VR.

Then again, Starfield was technically supposed to be exclusive to the PS5, much like Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo.

If nothing else, Bethesda has proven itself to be the maker of marquee titles. From Elder Scrolls to Fallout and now, Starfield, Bethesda more than deserves the benefit of the doubt. Besides, if it's true that The Elder Scrolls 6 is coming out in 2028, it'll be the swan song of Todd Howard, which means that the long-time development lead of the storied franchise will likely want to go out with a bang.

Bethesda might release Skyrim on the PS6 and the next-gen Xbox before The Elder Scrolls 6 comes out.

For now, fans can look forward to Skyrim most likely making its way to the next Nintendo console as well as the PlayStation 6 and whatever the next-gen Xbox is going to be called.


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  1. I really wanted this one to come out a lot sooner but you can't fault them for waiting for the next gen consoles. I would guess the game won't come out until 2029 or even 2030! We have a long wait ahead of us.

  2. this will probably be the reason i move on to a ps6 i always wait for a new big title before getting a new console

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