Ever since E3, fans of Bethesda have had a clear road-map for the studio’s next few core releases. As studio representatives like Pete Hines had said several times, there will be two more titles before The Elder Scrolls 6. As of E3, we now know that those two titles will be Fallout 76 and Starfield. Pete Hines recently gave an interview with the Telegraph, where he offered reassurances to fans that Bethesda wasn’t sidelining The Elder Scrolls 6.
Where Bethesda Stands With Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield
Both Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 were announced at E3 earlier this year with brief teaser trailers. However, both trailers were very short and vague, showing almost no details for either game. Clearly, Bethesda is not yet ready to showcase their upcoming projects, even though some have already been in development for years. Asked why Bethesda decided that now was the best time to announce the projects, Hines answered; “Number one we were honestly a little tired of being asked about Elder Scrolls 6. And the Starfield trademark filing and dancing around those things. Elder Scrolls 6 we didn’t really dance around, we said, ‘yes we’re going to do it but there are two games to come first.'”
He went on to explain why that strategy didn’t seem to be working for many fans; “But that didn’t really catch on and we still had people asking when are you going to do it. And part of it was because Fallout 76 was a depature for them and saying, ‘look, we want to try something very different from what we’ve done before.’ We want to make it clear to folks that this isn’t what all Bethesda Game Studios look like now”. It’s easy to understand why fans would be persistent asking about Elder Scrolls 6; Skyrim was released back in 2011, almost seven years ago, and in that time has become one of the most successful RPG titles ever made.
The Bethesda Road-Map
Pete Hines went on to explain where Bethesda is heading next. Namely, Starfield, the studio’s first new IP in over two decades; “The next game we are making is Starfield,” he says; “It is a new IP, it’s a single-player role-playing game that folks understand. And then we’re going to make Elder Scrolls 6”. Hines has reassured fans on other occasions that Fallout 76 does not represent a change in direction for Bethesda. Rather, the studio is trying out something very different. The next two games at the very least will be back to a formula more familiar to the studio’s fans.