Bethesda Game Studios may be gearing up to release Starfield later this year, but fans hopeful to see The Elder Scrolls 6 might be in for a long wait. According to a now suspiciously deleted LinkedIn profile by a Bethesda employee, The Elder Scrolls 6 is still in pre-production, with full production only expected to happen after the launch of Starfield.
As reported by Gamereactor, a now-deleted LinkedIn profile for an unnamed Bethesda Game Studios employee listed that The Elder Scrolls 6 was still in its pre-production phases. Bethesda is focusing all their efforts on the space-RPG Starfield at the moment, but Elder Scrolls fans will have to wait a while until they hear or see more of the next highly anticipated entry.
Given that Bethesda were recently acquired by Microsoft, some would’ve expected the studio to double down on multiple projects at once, ensuring that The Elder Scrolls 6 would be developed alongside Starfield. That doesn’t seem to be the case for Bethesda Game Studios, who are more focused on developing one major title at a time. Most would say deservedly so, possibly to smoothen out any bugs or glitches at launch which the studio’s titles are infamous for.
Due to Bethesda’s development cycle, some predict that The Elder Scrolls 6 will launch sometime in 2026 and will be a console exclusive to Xbox Series X/S following Xbox’s acquisition. Starfield is launching later this year, so Bethesda fans will still have something to look forward to in-between the long wait.
The Elder Scrolls 6 was first announced all the way back in 2018, and speculation has since run rampant about where it could possibly take place. Thanks to clever teases from Bethesda, most fans expect the Skyrim sequel to happen in both High Rock, the home of the Bretons, and Hammerfell, the home of the Redguards, making it the first mainline game since The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall to feature two regions. We’ll just have to wait and see how far long in pre-production the game actually is, but don’t expect it to arrive soon.