The Elder Scrolls 6 is at least five years away, says Phil Spencer

The Elder Scrolls 6 might not even be a game that comes out this generation.

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It’s been a hectic week for Xbox, as the company’s biggest names appeared in court this week to plead their case in defense of their proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard against the FTC. As a result, we’ve been learning a lot about the inner-workings at PlayStation and Microsoft, as well as some details about the distant future for both brands. This included the small detail that Xbox doesn’t expect The Elder Scrolls 6 to release for at least another five years.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer was speaking at the FTC court hearing today when the topic of The Elder Scrolls 6 came up. Specifically, the judge asked about the planned release platforms for the intensely-anticipated RPG, as the idea of Xbox making its popular IP exclusive to its own platforms has been a key talking point of the trial. As quoted by Axios’ Stephen Totilo, Phil Spencer stated that it’s too early to say, and that "We’re talking about a game that’s five-plus years away."

Key art of the Dragonborn in Skyrim.

Source: Bethesda Softworks

Bethesda had not previously provided an estimated release window for The Elder Scrolls 6, other than saying it had plans to shift development focus to the game after Starfield. While there was speculation that Elder Scrolls 6 was still a long ways out, Spencer’s comments essentially confirm that we shouldn’t expect to see the follow-up to Skyrim release any time soon.

Interestingly enough, Microsoft stated earlier this week that it expects the next generation of PlayStation and Xbox consoles to potentially be released in 2028. If that’s true, we could live in a world where The Elder Scrolls 6 launches alongside the next generation of home consoles.

There has been a slew of details that we’ve learned in the early days of Microsoft’s FTC case, but the comments about Elder Scrolls 6 are quite interesting. Of course, Bethesda’s primary focus right now is finishing up Starfield and ensuring it's ready for its September 2023 release date.

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    June 23, 2023 1:06 PM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, The Elder Scrolls 6 is at least five years away, says Phil Spencer

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      June 23, 2023 3:44 PM

      How many Skyrim rereleases is that? :(

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      June 23, 2023 3:49 PM

      There is a demographic of “gamers” who care more about when the next thing will be released than the thing that was just released. I’m sure someone out there is carpet bombing Square Enix inboxes with demands for updates on Final Fantasy 17.

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        June 24, 2023 5:02 AM

        I'd put that a different way - anticipation can be a fun part of this hobby, even if it leads to disappointment sometimes. Focusing on current or even backlog stuff is worth keeping sight of though rather than only chasing the next thing.

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      June 24, 2023 4:41 AM

      Damn that’s kind of crazy.

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