It is generally accepted within the gaming community at large that the sixth installment of The Elder Scrolls is a long way off from being released. However, some fans and experts disagree.
Believe it or not, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is now over seven years old, having been released way back in November of 2011. Unfortunately, all the signs seem to point at the game being out for almost a decade before the next one comes out.
The only thing we know for sure about The Elder Scrolls VI is that it's definitely coming - Bethesda released an official teaser trailer back in June of 2018, but it showed nothing but a mountain range and provided no further information.
With virtually no information to work with, the majority of fans and players have resigned themselves to the belief that The Elder Scrolls 6 is still a handful of years away. However, there are some reports that say quite the contrary.
Michael Pachter, an analyst for Wedbush Securities, believes that we could be getting our hands on it sometime during this year and he's not alone.
“Elder Scrolls VI is coming in 2019,” Pachter said in an industry with GameIndsutry.biz. “The flop of Fallout 76 makes a hit more essential for Bethesda, and I expect them to accelerate development of ESVI.”
It’s hard to argue with Pachter’s statements about Bethesda needing some good press after the disastrous Fallout 76 release in November of 2018, but rushing The Elder Scrolls 6 and releasing it ahead of time could easily result in an even worse community reaction.
While the analyst’s prediction has been met with skepticism by many of his colleagues and members of the Elder Scrolls community - as he made the same forecast in both 2016 and 2017 - some of his seemingly far-fetched approach to projections have proven to be correct in the past.
His comments about Call of Duty entering the world of battle royale games proved to be correct with the announcement of Black Ops 4’s ‘Blackout’ mode, and he was also right when he stated that Rockstar would not be announcing any significant new titles like GTA 6 in 2018.
Of course, Pachter has also made his fair share of incorrect predictions, but rumors are circulating that Bethesda is waiting until the next generation of consoles hit the shelves before pulling the trigger.
Countless reports have suggested that the title is likely to be released in 2020 with next-gen, however, many fans would consider that wishful thinking after their already extensive wait for the next installment.
Many players would have been hoping to see more from The Elder Scrolls VI at the 2019 E3 trade fair, having only been exposed to a small snippet of content thus far.
However, it doesn't look like there will be any light at the end of the tunnel for fans any time soon, as Todd Howard has confirmed that Bethesda's press conference won't include anything related to Elder Scrolls or their new RPG project, Starfield.
"I know that’s everyone’s question - so that’s just a little sneak at the technology that we’ve been building," Howard said during a Twitch stream from the developer, responding to questions about the contents of their upcoming press conference.
"People are going to see it first actually in Starfield, and so that tech will have the second version of it in TES6. But before anyone asks, please be patient. It’s going to be a long time! It’s not something we’re going to be talking about, either of those games, at E3 this year, and so patience, please”.
Bethesda did announce, though, that they would definitely be featuring at E3 - just with other games.
Start speculating! Refresh @WalmartCanada. Most importantly… save the date! #BE3 is coming on Sunday, June 9th (5:30 PM PT).— Bethesda (@bethesda) March 18, 2019
More details -- including registration -- are coming soon. Can't attend? We will be streaming the whole thing live! #E3 https://t.co/6No81maSXz pic.twitter.com/EIMQjznqsT
With little to no information currently available on Bethesda's next big project - just a sneak peak trailer and a teaser image for their upcoming E3 event - the chances of The Elder Scrolls 6 being released in 2019 or 2020 still seem incredibly unlikely.
Only time will tell whether Pachter gets it right or not with his earlier prediction. Until then, watch this space.
Updated April 2, 2019.