Oh, Elder Scrolls - how we have missed you these last five years! The beloved franchise saw its last main title released back in 2011, and fans quickly fell in love with everything Skyrim offered. However, as time has passed, fans have become increasingly anxious to hear news about the long-fabled Elder Scrolls 6. Just, don’t hold your breath for any updates. According to Bethesda’s VP Pete Hines, the company’s not keen on releasing teasers for the game ahead of its release.
Speaking with PC Gamer, Hines said Bethesda’s decision was a mutual one between developers and PR representatives. “The motivation came from both sides,” he explained. “Anything we want to do from a PR-marketing perspective always has implications on the devs, right? Whether that’s trying to capture video or trying to put together a demo: it’s an additional ask above and beyond just working on the game.”
Clearly, making demos can put a lot of stress on any dev. When you’re carrying the weight of an entire title - or even franchise - with just one demo, creating footage can be daunting. To keep their creators happy, Bethesda simply decided to forgo a drawn-out marketing campaign and will instead roll out Elder Scrolls 6 like they did Fallout 4.
It’s all going to be very hush-hush.
“You’re not going to be hearing first details on [Elder Scrolls 6] years before the game comes out, absolutely not,” Hines stressed. In fact, the only reason fans even got official word on the game’s existence was because Hines grew tired of people questioning him about it. The VP officially revealed Elder Scrolls 6 was in development just earlier this year at E3 2016.
“Of course we are [making Elder Scrolls 6],” Hines announced. However, he did go on to warn fans about the game’s distant release date. “It's something we love. But it is — I have to be careful what I say — it's a very long way off. I could sit here and explain the game to you, and you would say, 'That sounds like you don't even have the technology — how long is that going to take?' And so it's something that's going to take a lot of time, what we have in mind for that game.”
Much like how Fallout 4 was announced and released all in one year, it seems like Elder Scrolls 6 will try and be as secretive as possible. But, still, there are fans who’re hoping they’ll get a few sneak-peeks of the game ahead of time.
As for other gamers? Well, some would be totally fine with Bethesda pulling a ‘Beyonce’ and dropping the game on Steam without any prior warning.