E3 2016 has come and gone without an Elder Scrolls 6 announcement, and we can officially say our hearts broke a little.
Yes we got the Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition confirmation, but it’s not quite a brand new game now is it?
We lost count of the hours we sunk into Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim and although our friends, partners and families might be wary of a sequel, we can’t read enough about it. It’s definitely time for The Elder Scrolls 6.
There’s a while to wait, though. The Elder Scrolls 6 is currently a figment made largely of whisked-together rumours and internet conjecture. But we’ve been digging through the many pages of nonsense you’ll find online to see which bits make sense. Here’s everything we know about it so far…
We’re going to be honest. The amount of official information available on the follow-up to Skyrim could be written on the back of a Starbucks receipt in marker pen.
The game doesn’t even officially exist yet. So, is it real? Of course it is.
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim has sold more than 20 million copies, making it easily the most successful game in the 20-year-old series, and by a huge margin. Money demands it exists.
The closest we’ve got to Bethesda admitting a Skyrim sequel is coming came at the Elder Scrolls Online launch. Bethesda Vice President Pete Hines talked about how most other publishers would have tried to crank out a sequel to Skyrim as soon as possible.
“They’d be spitting out a Skyrim 2 the year after or two years later. That’s just not how we view it,” Hines said.
“[We] make sure everything we do is noteworthy. Our approach to that hasn’t differed.”
That is not Hines lifting the lid on the next Elder Scrolls game, of course, but the casual way he brushes over the subject in his subtext amounts to an admission ‘another Skyrim’ is as likely as ‘another Call of Duty’.
It’s an open secret. For example, right now Bethesda is even advertising for a “Quest Designer”, asking for “Experience with The Elder Scrolls Construction Set”. Hint hint?