Pete Hines says The Elder Scrolls 6 has completed pre-production, but is still years off

Hines says Bethesda has been focusing its attention on completing Starfield, so don't expect to see Elder Scrolls 6 anytime soon.

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With Starfield’s launch right around the corner, Bethesda is at a long-awaited finish line. That inevitably means players want to know “what’s next?” in regards to Bethesda’s other popular properties, especially regarding The Elder Scrolls 6. Well, Pete Hines says hold your horses. Most of Bethesda’s resources have been put towards Starfield, so Elder Scrolls 6 is likely years off from substantial reveals. However, he did mention that The Elder Scrolls 6 has completed pre-production, so that’s promising.

Pete Hines spoke a little bit about The Elder Scrolls 6 in an interview with Spanish games publication Vandal. When asked about the project, Hines pretty heavily shut down any conceivable hope that the game would be shown anytime soon.

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Pete Hines says The Elder Scrolls 6 has completed pre-production, but Bethesda's resources have been mostly focused on Starfield, so don't expect a reveal anytime soon.
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While that might sound pretty open-and-shut in regards to the Elder Scrolls 6 conversation, Hines didn’t completely crush fans hopes and dreams about what’s going on with the game. In fact, he shared that the game has come along through pre-production in its development, which is a substantial step forward from last we heard about the game. In 2021, Todd Howard said The Elder Scrolls 6 was still in a “design phase”.

“It's in development, but it's in early development,” Hines said, confirming that the game has moved past its pre-production phase.

So it will still likely be some time before we get to see what The Elder Scrolls 6 has in store for us, especially as Starfield is on the cusp of launching and has DLC planned. Nonetheless, stay tuned for Elder Scrolls 6 news and updates right here at Shacknews.

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      August 30, 2023 11:09 AM

      No rush, let it bake as long as necessary.

      Just wish they'd do PSVR ports of Morrowind, Oblivion, and Fallout 3 in the meantime :(

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        August 30, 2023 11:10 AM

        There will never be a PSVR Bethesda game again.

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          August 30, 2023 11:13 AM

          Well PSVR2. Whatever. Skyrim VR is the best console VR game ever.

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            August 30, 2023 11:30 AM

            Such optimism!

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            August 30, 2023 12:07 PM

            this seems like a no brainer? those games could be radically improved by VR, why not re-release it with a small coat of paint and charge $50? they could top best seller lists with old games.

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            August 30, 2023 2:17 PM

            I really hope they release a PSVR2 update. They keep remastering it every few years so why not?

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          August 30, 2023 10:52 PM

          Aren’t mergers great?

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            August 31, 2023 4:32 AM

            If Microsift didn't buy them, Star Field would have been a ps5 exclusive and we wouldn't see it for the pc for another 2 years and never for the Xbox. Someone was going to get left out no matter what.

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        August 30, 2023 12:10 PM

        Hasn't it been like 15 years lol

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      August 30, 2023 11:12 AM

      Oblivion to Skyrim six years, Skyrim to Skyrim ES 6 probably 15 years

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        August 30, 2023 11:14 AM

        It's probably closer to 3 to 5 years unless they are production snafus.

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      August 30, 2023 11:16 AM

      Translation: "Do you guys like Skyrim? You look like you need a few more re-releases"

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        August 30, 2023 5:37 PM

        Oh hell yes, sign me up

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          August 31, 2023 2:10 AM

          Milled won't be happy until he's playing it on his pizza oven

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      August 30, 2023 11:32 AM

      what's the start screen look like?

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      August 30, 2023 11:34 AM

      Maybe it'll be on a new engine this time lololo

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        August 30, 2023 7:55 PM

        It will be on a “new engine”

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      August 30, 2023 5:11 PM

      It's just Starfield with swords.

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