Bethesda Softworks’s Pete Hines has explained why The Elder Scrolls VI is not currently a priority for series developer Bethesda Game Studios.
Speaking to GameSpot during E3, Hines reiterated that the development team has another two major games currently in production that will release before a new entry in The Elder Scrolls series, and mentioned that those titles may inform new ideas present in that project. “Once you see how the next two titles come out and then how Elder Scrolls VI ties into what those games are doing and about, I think it’ll all make sense,” said Hines.
He also mentioned that the studio had earned the right to creative freedom, given the high quality and widespread critical acclaim of the team’s previous work, which also includes the Fallout series. However, the team also wanted to branch out and try new things to avoid falling into a rut.
Hines explained, “they didn’t want to be the developer that was just Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Fallout for the rest of their development careers . . . They wanted to be able to self-determine things they worked on next, whether it was existing stuff whether it was new IP.”
With at least two entirely-new projects coming before The Elder Scrolls VI, the title is likely quite a way from release, with the developer’s previous release schedule suggesting that the game may not launch before 2020 at the earliest. OnlySP examined the interaction between structure and agency in the previous game in the series, Skyrim, earlier this year.