Starfield is Bethesda’s new hotness, and now that it’s finally out in the wild, few have already turned their attention to any incoming news on The Elder Scrolls VI. While some may always think the game is the best way to go, we know not to expect it for another two or three years.
Each edge, As part of Microsoft’s ongoing case against the FTC over its acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft released a document to the court that contained a chart detailing the way Bethesda would release games after buying the publisher. It lists every title released under the Microsoft banner with details such as its release window and targeted platforms.
Section VI of the Elder Scrolls confirms two big things. For one, it’s definitely not coming to PlayStation (that’s speculation based on previous statements from Xbox head Phil Spencer) and is listed as launching for Xbox and PC. Two, the game is expected to arrive in “2026 or later.”
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However, according to AxiosStephen Totillo, Spencer said during his testimony that TES VI is at least five years old and platforms are “technically TBD”.
From Microsoft’s responses in the FTC vs. Microsoft case. The Elder Scrolls VI is listed here as Xbox and PC and releasing in 2026 or later.
During testimony at the trial, Xbox’s Phil Spencer said the game was at least five years out and the platforms were technically TBD. pic.twitter.com/Kto9bE5U8C
— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) September 18, 2023
The Elder Scrolls VI was first revealed during E3 2018. The game had not yet entered production at the time of its announcement, and no details about the game were released for the next five years. In 2021, Bethesda studio head Todd Howard provided an update The Telegraph By saying that the game is still in the design phase and it decided to announce it early to allay concerns that the studio was abandoning single-player experiences in the wake of Fallout 76 and EA’s push for live-service games at the time.
While it’s wise not to expect substantial news on The Elder Scrolls VI in the near future, it’s good (or disappointing) to have a good idea of when to start expecting it. You can read our review of Bethesda’s latest release Starfield here. For those who want to look further into the future, read how Todd Howard said Fallout 5 is coming after The Elder Scrolls VI.