The Elder Scrolls 6: Release Date: Everything You Need to Know!

The Elder Scrolls 6 is unquestionably real, at least in the idea. We'll even have a chance to touch it at some point. After years of rumours, teasers, and Skyrim re-releases and remasters, Bethesda officially confirmed The Elder Scrolls 6 at E3 2018. We're probably just halfway through the wait between The Elder Scrolls 6's announcement and its eventual release if we're wandering into 2022.

Since then, the faucet has only been dripping with data. Since its announcement, Bethesda has been unusually silent, skilfully avoiding questions about specifics. And now that it's been almost three years since that announcement, and Starfield is set to release later this year, it's easy to picture another three years passing before we get another journey to Tamriel. Because The Elder Scrolls 6 is still a long way off, you may pass the time with the new Skyrim Anniversary Edition.

With The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the finest role-playing games of all time, it's only natural that fans have been eagerly anticipating a new instalment. The yearning for The Elder Scrolls 6 hasn't gone ignored, but Todd Howard has reminded us that Bethesda's current focus is Starfield before turning their attention to Tamriel.

Although Starfield has a release date, this does not imply that The Elder Scrolls 6 is ready. Despite a large joint presentation from Microsoft and Bethesda at E3 2021, no high elf or expansive mountain landscape could be seen. We weren't expecting to hear anything about the game any time soon, but it still sucks that we're in the middle of another announcement season with no fresh details.

As a result, we continue to inquire: when will it be released? Where will it take place in Tamriel? Although Bethesda hasn't stated much, here's all we know so far about The Elder Scrolls 6 based on rumours and interviews concerning the release date, setting, and more.

When will The Elder Scrolls VI be released?

Take a deep inhale and don't hold your breath. It will most likely happen this decade. Probably.

We know that Starfield, which will be released in November 2022, will be completed before Elder Scrolls 6. Phil Spencer has also stated that the next Fable game would be completed before TES6, for which no release date has been set. As a result, burrow down.

The Elder Scrolls 6 teaser trailer may be seen below.

Todd Howard personally debuted a sneak trailer for The Elder Scrolls 6 at E3 2018. Examine it as closely as you can, because this is the first and last official glimpse at the next game in the series that we'll receive for a long time. If you want to go a little further, we've done some fan conjecture based on the teaser below.

Is The Elder Scrolls VI going to be an Xbox-only game?

We've all heard that Microsoft has acquired Bethesda. This announcement is unlikely to have any immediate consequences for PC players. If history is any indication, Microsoft will gladly distribute Elder Scrolls 6 on PC, maybe via Steam. At worst, you'll have to go via the Windows 10 store to get your hands on a copy, leaving PS5 owners out in the cold.

The Elder Scrolls 6 was always expected to earn every cent it needed to become the next blockbuster Bethesda RPG, but a boost from Microsoft's budget won't hurt. When the time comes, the game is unlikely to be released on PS5, but it will be available as a day-one Game Pass deal. That will be a compelling reason to join.

The announcement of the Elder Scrolls 6 Xbox exclusive comes as Microsoft celebrates the original console's 20th anniversary. Phil Spencer, the CEO of Xbox, was a little more evasive, adding “I want us to be able to deliver the whole package of what we have to Xbox to be accepted. That is especially true when I consider Elder Scrolls VI.” The Elder Scrolls 6 will not be released on PlayStation, according to the information received.

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How long has it been since we heard anything about Elder Scrolls 6 at E3?

Todd Howard blessed and cursed us by revealing Elder Scrolls 6 at E3 2018, even though Starfield (a game in Bethesda's pipeline before ES6) was still in production. We're patient, so we'll just count down the years since E3 when we haven't heard anything about Elder Scrolls 6.

Todd Howard told IGN at E3 2019, “I think everyone should be very patient.”

2020: E(not)3 “I'm failing to appropriately manage your expectations if you're coming to me for specifics today rather than years from now,” Pete Hines remarked.

In an interview shortly after E3 2021, Todd Howard commented, “It's helpful to think of The Elder Scrolls 6 as still being in a design [phase].”

What is The Elder Scrolls 6's setting?

With so little information, Elder Scrolls enthusiasts have been dissecting anything Elder Scrolls-related in search of answers, beginning with the initial teaser video from 2018. Todd Howard said that there are indications in the teaser, claiming that it provides “hints about where it's situated.” That has been taken up by the community. Todd Howard has revealed that the location of The Elder Scrolls 6 has already been selected and that this choice was made quite some time ago.

We tried our hand at finding out The Elder Scrolls 6's setting ourselves.

High Rock is a name for a kind of

It's a realistic estimate, and it's the most common theory right now. The first teaser clip showed rocks and appeared to be at a high altitude. That's it—High Rock. However, that isn't enough to be certain. The topography of TES evolves with time, and the early games have already covered High Rock. Hammerfell, Morrowind, Cyrodiil, and Skyrim have all done the same.

The Starfield video from E3 2021 includes a probable Elder Scrolls teaser, adding to the suspicion. A minor scrape on the inside of a spaceship resembles a depiction of a continent, which is suspicious. It also resembles Tamriel's Illiac Bay, which is located between High Rock and Hammerfell. It's a little element that may or may not be significant, but it's a distinct form. When it comes to Hammerfell, Bethesda may have previously hinted at it as a possible setting. Maybe things are starting to fall into place.


Hammerfell is another likely location, thanks to a New Year's message by Bethesda towards the very end of 2020. Nobody knows for sure if the image sharing is a hint regarding Elder Scrolls 6, but the statement about “mapping the future” seems to indicate that it is. Fans believe that the location of candles on the image, particularly the one beneath the term “Hammerfell” in the undrawn section of the map West of Skyrim, is a hint. The Redguard people live in Hammerfell, and its Alik'r Desert might match the stony, dry setting seen in the initial teaser film.


Elsweyr is a sliver of a chance. For one thing, it doesn't appear very frequently, so there are plenty of opportunities to fill in the gaps. Second, it's the Khajiit's homeland, thus focusing on one of Skyrim's most popular races makes sense. However, considering that Elsweyr was explored in an Elder Scrolls online expansion from 2019, we're sceptical.

Valenwood or Black Marsh

Black Marsh is most likely out. It doesn't look anything like it in the teaser. Valenwood also seems odd, given that it is known to be densely forested. Granted, the teaser may have been designed to deceive.

Of course, we can't rule out the possibility that we'll be returning to a location we've already visited. The Elder Scrolls Online is reducing the amount of undiscovered terrain in Tamriel. That might lead TES6 to boldly cast its gaze elsewhere, such as the enigmatic continent of Akavir, which is home to friendly-sounding species like the Snow Demons of Kamal and the vampiric, snake-like Tsaesci. It might also prompt Bethesda to return to a prior province, such as High Rock, which is the most likely scenario.

What stage of development is The Elder Scrolls 6 at?

In a June 2021 interview, Todd Howard noted, “It's helpful to think about The Elder Scrolls 6 as still being in a design [period].” “However, we're double-checking the technology: ‘Will this handle the things we want to accomplish in that game?' Every game will have its own set of technologies, hence Elder Scrolls 6 will feature certain improvements to the Creation Engine 2 that the game would necessitate.”

Howard has previously stated that Bethesda's Creation Engine is being worked on as the necessary basis for The Elder Scrolls 6. Howard said in 2016 that the technology required to realise Bethesda's ambition just wasn't available at the time.

“I could sit here and explain the game to you, and you'd say, ‘It seems like you don't even have the technology—how long would that take?'” he explained. “And thus, what we have in mind for that game is something that will take a long time.”

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Todd Howard mentioned a “huge engine update” being worked on for Starfield in another interview. ES6 will almost probably benefit from the same new engine technology, but Bethesda's next generation of RPGs is taking a long time to develop.

Todd Howard warned fans that Elder Scrolls 6 will require a lot of patience in an interview with IGN just before E3 2019. It will be more than a decade after Skyrim was initially released when the next single-player adventure in Tamriel is launched.

“The time between will be considerable. It is already the case. On the one hand, I believe it is beneficial to miss things. That, I believe, allows people to approach it with new eyes, and I believe that once they see the game and what we're aiming for, they'll be able to perceive the technological gap and what we want it to do more clearly.”

Another issue delaying the release of TES6 is Howard's desire to avoid being recognised just as the Elder Fallout Guys. “I believe Todd and his team have earned the right to say, ‘We realise everybody wants [TES6], but we as creative people want to be able to produce something that we're enthusiastic about,'” Hines told GameSpot in 2017. “They wanted to be allowed to choose what they worked on next, whether it was old material or new intellectual property.”

When can we expect further information on The Elder Scrolls 6?

It won't be released for years, not until after Bethesda's next big project, Starfield, is launched in November 2022. Full production on The Elder Scrolls 6 will most likely not begin until that project is completed, putting the game's release date in the mid-2020s.

Oblivion, Fallout 4, and Skyrim were all shown off in near-finished forms with short wait times before their releases (Oblivion was supposed to come out in November 2005 but was pushed back to March 2006), and Bethesda is certainly gearing up for TES6 to follow suit. In 2016, Hines assured us that the next Elder Scrolls game will not be teased, both as a mark of quality and to allow the production team to focus on the game itself rather than diverting resources to vertical slice demonstrations. That implies the image of some mountains may be the last we see of The Elder Scrolls 6 until the majority of the game is completed.

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In an interview with, Bethesda's VP of marketing Pete Hines explained why The Elder Scrolls 6 was unveiled at E3 when we already knew Starfield was coming first. “So it was just in conversations with him [and] people on my team to say, look, why don't we consider putting out a little bit more of a studio roadmap that explains to people, ‘Here's what we're doing—yet, we're making this game called Starfield, and here's what it is, and yes, we're going to make Elder Scrolls 6, but we have these other two games to develop and make first.' It's basically to give them a better idea of where we are and where we're going.”

Will modifications be supported in The Elder Scrolls 6?

Modding Bethesda RPGs has become somewhat of a PC gaming staple. There's something about a player community being given the freedom to create amazing creations that makes the environment seem right. There's even a full game called The Forgotten City, which is based on a Skyrim mod.

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While the repercussions of Bethesda's bumpy Creation Club launch are still being felt, we can reasonably assume that The Elder Scrolls 6 will be moddable. Bethesda claims that even Fallout 76, an online game, will be moddable in the future.

Look forward to Thomas the Tank Engine, Destroyer of Worlds' continuing legacy.

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Shirley Curry, a.k.a. ‘Skyrim Grandma,' will feature as a non-player character.

Shirley Curry, nicknamed ‘Skyrim Grandma,' will appear as an NPC in The Elder Scrolls 6. Fans petitioned Bethesda to add the beloved YouTuber in the game, and now it's official: Shirley Curry, aka ‘Skyrim Grandma,' will appear in The Elder Scrolls 6 as an NPC.

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“I would be incredibly thrilled to know if somebody else was playing with my character in a future Elder Scrolls game,” Curry remarked in the Elder Scrolls 25th-anniversary video (at the 8:40 minute).