Bethesda’s Pete Hines Confirms That The Elder Scrolls VI Is “Years” Away and Won’t Release Before Starfield

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If you haven’t gotten tired of Skyrim yet, that’s a very good thing because you’re in for a very long wait for the next mainline, single-player Elder Scrolls installment. According to Pete Hines, Bethesda’s head of marketing and public relations, The Elder Scrolls VI is actually years away and won’t debut until the studio’s next RPG epic, Starfield, releases.

“It’s after Starfield, which you pretty much know nothing about,” tweeted Hines in response to a fan who wanted him to “cut the sh*t.” “So if you’re coming at me for details now and not years from now, I’m failing to properly manage your expectations.”

Bethesda hasn’t shared much on The Elder Scrolls VI since its official announcement teaser, which aired all the way back in the summer of 2018. That footage revealed nothing aside from a mountainous landscape and title logo, so fans have been left to speculate just where in Tamriel the sixth installment will take place. Last year’s trademark for the word “Redfall” by parent company ZeniMax Media might provide a clue as to where the story is going, however.

“This is all speculation mind, but some folks on Reddit are theorizing that Redfall could potentially be a plague,” reported PC Gamer. “A particular quest in Skyrim follows an affliction that causes victims to projectile vomit and develop red skin. The plague is tied to Daedric prince Peryite who owns the domains of (among other things) pestilence. Late in the quest an NPC mentions “returning to High Rock” which might suggest the plague began there. Maybe even in the city of Daggerfall.”

As for Starfield – well, nobody seems to know much about that either, aside from the fact that it’ll take place in space. The announcement teaser shows a satellite drifting in space, and what appears to be some kind of FTL effect.

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