The Elder Scrolls 6 is still in a 'design phase,' says Todd Howard

The Bethesda Game Studios Director spoke to the state of The Elder Scrolls 6 in a recent interview.


The Elder Scrolls 6 is easily among the most highly-anticipated games of the foreseeable future. That was likely the case before the game was even announced back at E3 2018. With that much hype and excitement, fans have been eager for every little detail they can get on the game’s status. We now have a new update on the state of the game, as Bethesda Game Studios Director Todd Howard shared in a recent interview that The Elder Scrolls 6 is still in a design phase.

This comes by way of an interview that The Telegraph conducted with Todd Howard. In the interview, Todd Howard talks about a range of topics, including the upcoming Indiana Jones game from Machine Games, Starfield, and most interestingly - The Elder Scrolls 6. Not much is known about the long-awaited follow up to Skyrim, not even a title. However, Howard does speak about the game’s development during the interview.

"It’s good to think of The Elder Scrolls 6 as still being in a design [phase],” Todd Howard said when chatting with The Telegraph. He states that the team at Bethesda is still testing out the technology in order to determine if it will do what they need. “Every game will have some new suites of technology so Elder Scrolls 6 will have some additions on to Creation Engine 2 that that game is going to require.”

The Elder Scrolls 6 is being built on the new Creation Engine 2, which we’ll see in action for the first time when Starfield launches next year. Learning that Todd Howard still considers The Elder Scrolls 6 to be in a “design phase” confirms what many had already been suspecting, that this game is still quite far away from release. For future updates on The Elder Scrolls 6, stay with us here on Shacknews.

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    June 29, 2021 1:45 PM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, The Elder Scrolls 6 is still in a 'design phase,' says Todd Howard

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      June 29, 2021 2:12 PM

      Interesting. That's not what I've heard at all. But, at the end of the day, who knows? Am sad now.

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        June 29, 2021 2:13 PM

        I would guess todd howard knows

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          June 29, 2021 7:38 PM

          Or Todd Howard knows and is massaging expectations so that people will feel like their turn-around is getting faster when it comes out in 4 years instead of 8.

          (I’m just making this shit up)

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      June 29, 2021 2:14 PM

      that's fine, it takes a while to utilize the entirely new engine that's developed from scratch

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      June 29, 2021 2:23 PM

      Wait. its taken more than three years since they announced the game to the public at a high-profile event to get to the point where they are trying to figure out of their engine has all the bells and whistles needed for the game to work?

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        June 29, 2021 3:11 PM

        That was less a game announcement and more that of course they're going to make n+1 of their cash cow.

        It's like predicting the sun will rise in the morning.

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        June 29, 2021 3:52 PM

        They have been busy with a few things you know

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        June 30, 2021 2:05 AM

        They were trying to avoid something like announcing Diablo Immortal with no simultaneous confirmation of Diablo 4. ES6 was announced so people wouldn't shit their pants over the only other ES rep at that E3 being the mobile game.

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        June 30, 2021 6:15 AM

        That announcement was ludicrously premature. Nobody does announcements like that.

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          June 30, 2021 6:30 AM

          have you seen the MP4 coverage? exact same thing

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      June 29, 2021 2:31 PM

      "Todd Howard says"

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      June 29, 2021 3:09 PM

      "You guys know we have this MMO Elder Scrolls game that gets new stuff to do all the freaking time, right?"

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      June 29, 2021 3:21 PM

      Skyrim came out over 10 years ago.

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      June 29, 2021 3:21 PM

      now that smells like bullshit

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        June 29, 2021 7:57 PM

        I knew what it was and was happy to see it

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      June 29, 2021 4:12 PM

      Yeah theyre designing the chotchkies they can sell in the company store.

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      June 29, 2021 7:27 PM

      Man this place fucking hates game developers.

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        June 29, 2021 7:55 PM

        I’ve found Todd Howard’s public sincerity meter to have shrunken over the years. That hasn’t maintained my usual game dev empathy levels, sad to say.

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          June 30, 2021 6:31 AM

          Probably his rise from director to director/producer informal C exec.l role. Dude must have some serious no-dangerous activity clauses in his contract hahah

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        June 29, 2021 10:12 PM

        Not game developers, marketing bullshit.

        Though in this instance I'm not surprised, it seems it's only fault was to be revealed way too early.

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        June 29, 2021 10:15 PM

        Love the GabeN though.

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        June 29, 2021 11:06 PM

        It's not as though there isn't other games coming, including a new IP and RPG from Bethesda.

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      June 29, 2021 7:49 PM

      They have to plan out what to put on the shelves for the videos over the next few years to drop hints. Planning takes time.

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      June 29, 2021 7:54 PM

      Everyone should know that ever since they doubled down on Fallout 75.

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      June 29, 2021 9:03 PM

      If Creation Engine 2 really is a substantial rewrite, if not a from-scratch project, it's plausible there's still a lot of prototyping, tooling, and design work being done for ES6, and very little full-steam-ahead development. Particularly since Starfield isn't releasing until late next year.

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      June 29, 2021 10:20 PM

      I'm glad they don't rush things. Skyrim stayed relevant for an incredibly long time.

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      June 29, 2021 10:24 PM

      makes sense, they're still ass-deep in Starfield

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      June 30, 2021 6:45 AM

      ES6, GTA6. Take your time, get it right. I'll wait, I know they are coming.

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