The heated court case for the US Federal Trade Commission’s attempt to block Microsoft’s proposed acqusition of Activision Blizzard is still ongoing and yielding new information every day. Microsoft’s lawyer might’ve recently slipped up now and, after correcting the judge on the title of the game, revealed that the projected release window for The Elder Scrolls 6 is 2026.
As reported by The Verge, during a recent court appearance, Microsoft’s lawyer corrected the judge at one point who referred to The Elder Scrolls 6 as “The Elder Scrolls 16” before the lawyer revealed that the game has a projected release of 2026.
Of course, this seems to contradict a recent statement by Xbox itself where boss Phil Spencer claimed that The Elder Scrolls 6 still at least five years away from release. If my math is correct, that puts a release timeline more around the 2028 mark or for the optimists, late 2027 if we’re lucky. Considering that the anticipated RPG is only in its infant stages of development, a three-year cycle to push out a AAA game is almost unreasonable, though not impossible, in today’s industry.
As many fans have already pointed out, Microsoft’s lawyer is simply be providing estimates and nothing concrete, which makes their 2026 projected release comment hard to believe, especially considering that developer Bethesda Game Studios is currently all hands on deck for its upcoming sci-fi RPG, Starfield. Additionally, despite being announced all the way back in 2018, The Elder Scrolls 6 has only remained in the early stages of development and presumably has yet to enter full production.
Sadly, it’s likely that it will be half a decade before The Elder Scrolls 6 sees the light of day. Announcements could be made sooner but it seems like Starfield, and whatever post-launch content is planned for the game, could take up a decent amount of time for Bethesda Game Studios until then.
Source: The Verge