Every now and then it feels like certain games came out a lot more recently than they actually did, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is definitely on that list. The game has been re-issued and improved so many times, that we actually forget that 9 years have passed since its actual launch. But you’re not here for Skyrim, you’re here to see what we know about The Elder Scrolls 6, so let’s get right to it.
The release date
The Elder Scrolls 6 was announced in 2018, but the game is still a long way off. In fact, since E3 2018, there hasn’t been a single shred of news about the game, which, understandably, has been making players quite frustrated. I mean, with Bethesda’s silence on the subject and the unexpected pandemic, my hopes for a 2020 launch are now in shambles.
The game has been announced and confirmed, yet, according to VP of Bethesda public relations and marketing Pete Hines, it would seem Bethesda is currently focusing entirely on Starfield, their new space RPG.
It’s after Starfield, which you pretty much know nothing about. So if you’re coming at me for details now and not years from now, I’m failing to properly manage your expectations.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) May 10, 2020
So when will we get more info on The Elder Scrolls 6? Well, Starfield is Bethesda’s first new original franchise in over 20 years, so it’s safe to say that it will be a while before we get a glimpse of what is to come in The Elder Scrolls 6.
Both Oblivion and Skyrim were shown off relatively close to their release dates, and since Starfield is set to be released in early 2021, I’m guessing we will only get the juicy details of The Elder Scrolls 6 mid-2021 or perhaps even later than that.
That being said, I would strongly advise you to not hold your breath.
Will Microsoft’s purchase of Bethesda change anything?
The answer is no, Microsoft will not be meddling with Bethesda’s games. In fact, according to Hines again, Bethesda will remain Bethesda in its core. They will continue to work on the same games, made by the same studios, and ultimately published by Bethesda on their own terms.
The only major thing changing is that Bethesda will get a boost budget-wise, which to us as players can only be good news.
The game’s plot
Although the game has no release date yet, nor have we been given a lot of info on the subject, we can still make our educated guesses.
First of all, many of The Elder Scrolls’ previous games have taken regions as their own names – Morrowing, Hammerfell, Oblivion and so on, so I am guessing that The Elder Scrolls 6 might continue that tradition.
On the other hand, there’s Redfall. Bethesda bought a trademark called Redfall in 2018, which isn’t a land in any region of Tamriel – that we know of – and since then the game’s community has spun out endless speculations on what it could mean. Of the theories I’ve come across so far, I’m inclined toward two in particular: Redfall as either a land, or a plague.
Redfall, the land
Looking at The Elder Scrolls 6’s announcement trailer, we can spot vast mountains and grasslands. These definitely fit the description for Hammerfell and surrounding lands like Daggerfall.
In fact, this theory makes a connection between the Redguards and Daggerfall, combining the two names to create the title Redfall.
As far as the story goes, no one can make a 100% certain connection, so it could be anything: from the story of a doomed warrior looking for redemption, to a special Redguard with an epic destiny about to unfold.
Redfall, the plague
The second theory circulating around states that Redfall is not a land, but a plague and, to be honest, it makes a lot of sense to me.
When playing Skyrim, we come across the Only Cure quest, in which the Dovahkiin has to do the Daedric prince Peryite a favor and kill a certain monk by the name of Orchendor. However, when speaking to the Dovahkiin, Peryite explains that he has sent “a blessing”, a.k.a. a plague, to a bunch of Breton villages. Later on that same quest, an NPC mentions going back to High Rock, indicating it’s where the plague began.
There is also another theory, according to which Redfall might not be that big a deal, giving room to a completely different plot direction.
So, we already know that previous games have taken us on an immense journey through Tamriel, from Morrowind to High Rock and Skyrim. So, we’ve got a few options left: Elsweyr, Valenwood, and the Black Marsh.
This theory claims Black Marsh will be the next scenario. There is no specific reason as to why this land has been chosen, other than it would be a different experience from the other areas. A lot of swamps and islands, and of course, an overload of Argonians, something we so rarely found in other games.
Again, these are just theories, but I’m quite pumped about all of them. And even if the story ends up being completely different, I’m sure it’ll be awesome.