The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim hit the market in 2011 and was well-received by both critics and fans. The game was praised for its open-world environment and the sense of freedom it gave players. It was so successful that it was re-released across multiple platform generations and consoles. Due to the game’s popularity, expectations for the upcoming sequel, The Elder Scrolls 6, are high.

The Long Wait for The Elder Scrolls 6

The announcement for The Elder Scrolls 6 was made in 2018, but sadly, fans have to wait longer for the release. According to Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s testimony during the FTC investigation into Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard, The Elder Scrolls 6 is at least ‘five plus years away.’ Spencer did not confirm any platform plans for the game during the FTC case, citing its far-off development and ongoing debate around its exclusivity.

Spencer has, in the past, suggested that The Elder Scrolls 6 would be an Xbox-exclusive game. Still, he appeared less sure in court, stating that it is difficult for Xbox to decide which platforms the game will launch on due to its far-off development. Spencer mentioned that it is the same team that is finishing Starfield, which comes out in September 2023. He said, “As I said with Elder Scrolls 6, it’s so far out it’s hard to understand what the platforms will even be at this point. It’s the same team that’s finishing Starfield, which comes out this September. So we’re talking about it being likely five-plus years away.”

The Future of The Elder Scrolls 6

Bethesda Game Studios is currently focused on the upcoming launch of Starfield. Therefore, realistically, The Elder Scrolls 6 may take even longer to appear. The game has been flagged as the “next” game for the studio, but the long development cycle, massive open world, and high expectations post-Skyrim will require ample time and expertise.

Fans of The Elder Scrolls franchise will have to wait for a long time before they can get their hands on The Elder Scrolls 6. Even Xbox is uncertain which platforms the game will launch on. Bethesda Game Studios is currently solely focused on the upcoming launch of Starfield. The Elder Scrolls 6 may appear further down the track, but it is expected to be worth the wait.

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