Bethesda has stirred up the internet once again thanks to a new cryptic tweet which was sent out on 31 December 2020. Right before the end of the year, The Elder Scrolls Twitter account tweeted a map with three lit candles on it. Now, if you saw this on social media then you probably just thought it was a simple happy new year wish. However, fans believe that the map and the words mean more than just that.
Fans over on Reddit have been working on a handful of theories. The biggest one is that the third candle represents the “future” and suggests that the upcoming The Elder Scrolls 6 will take place in Hammerfell, the home of the Redguards. The first candle, however, is not on the map at all and is placed next to a date on the map. The date is 4E 182 which is a few years before the events of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. This has led fans to believe that the game will be set close to the events of the past one.
Transcribe the past and map the future. 📖
Here’s to a Happy New Year!🕯 pic.twitter.com/bL44CzLDIE
— The Elder Scrolls (@ElderScrolls) December 31, 2020
For those thinking that the tweet is related to The Elder Scrolls Online, this is not the case. That video game is actually set midway through the Second Era, hundreds of years before any of the single-player Elder Scrolls RPGs.
This is not the first time fans have speculated that the upcoming Elder Scrolls 6 will be set in Hammerfell. The teaser trailer which released way back at E3 2018 flew over a set of mountains. These were rumoured to be found in the region too. However, before you get your hopes up, this tweet could be nothing more than a simple happy new year wish. We know Bethesda is currently working on the next instalment in the series but they plan on releasing the upcoming sci-fi RPG Starfield first. That game itself does not have a release date yet. We all need to just be very patient.