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Bethesda officially announced The Elder Scrolls VI during its E3 2018 press conference with a very brief trailer. Studio boss Todd Howard talked about it for a short time, and suggested that it will be a next-gen title. That means it's almost certainly a PS5 game, rather than a PS4 title.

In this guide, we'll round up everything we know about The Elder Scrolls VI so far, which admittedly isn't much. We'll include some speculation and rumours too, and will update it whenever any information is announced. So feel free to use this as your base for The Elder Scrolls VI discussion and to learn new information as soon as we do.

What is The Elder Scrolls VI?

The Elder Scrolls VI is the upcoming new entry in Bethesda's long-lived The Elder Scrolls franchise. The latest entry is The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which you've probably played to death by now given that it's available on basically every platform under the sun.

Just in case you don't know, The Elder Scrolls is a first person (and third-person, thanks to an adjustable camera angle) role-playing franchise that typically provides massive open worlds to explore, melee, magic, and ranged combat, and starting with Skyrim, a massive skill tree that allows you to build your character any way you'd like.

When will The Elder Scrolls VI launch?

Bethesda hasn't announced a release date or even a release window just yet, but it did suggest that it will be a next-gen title, so we can make a few educated guesses. 

Sony hasn't formally announced a release date for the PS5 yet (though it has revealed that it is on its way), but speculation points to a 2020 or 2021 release date for the next-gen console. So we probably won't see The Elder Scrolls VI until at least then. 

Given that Bethesda has announced that its happening so early, that could suggest The Elder Scrolls VI may be a launch title for the next-gen platforms.

Where will The Elder Scrolls VI take place?

Typically, an Elder Scrolls title is set in a specific province of Tamriel, which is the name of continent in the Elder Scrolls' universe. So far, The Elder Scrolls games have taken place in the following locations throughout said continent:

Entry Release Date Setting Racial Home
The Elder Scrolls: Arena 1994 Tamriel (All Provinces) All Races
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall 1996 High Rock Bretons (Orcs)
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind 2002 Morrowind Dark Elves
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 2006 Cyrodiil Imperials
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011 Skyrim Nords

So, unless The Elder Scrolls VI is a radical departure from what's come before, it should take place in one of the following previously unused settings:

Setting Landscape Racial Home
Hammerfell Mountain / Grassland / Desert Redguards
Summerset Isle Farmland / Woodland / Ancient Towers High Elves
Valenwood Forest / Swamp / Rainforest Wood Elves
Elsweyr Desert / Forest / Jungle Khajiit
Black Marsh Swamp / Rainforest Argonians

As you can see from our chart above, the standout candidate for the setting of The Elder Scrolls VI appears to be Hammerfell, home of the Redguards. It's a mountainous region of grasslands and desert.

The trailer primarily showcased a craggy, mountainous region with plenty of grass and rocks. It's got to be Hammerfell -- or at least, that's currently the smartest bet.

Which platforms will The Elder Scrolls VI be available on?

Bethesda is pretty good at launching its portfolio of games on every platform, and since Bethesda has stated that The Elder Scrolls VI will be a next-gen title, a PS5, PC, and Xbox Whatever release seems most likely.

What features does The Elder Scrolls VI contain?

All we know at this point is that The Elder Scrolls VI is definitely happening, that it will almost certainly only be available on next-gen platforms, and that it contains a new setting – that of a sprawling mountainous region. It's also safe to assume that like previous entries in the series, it will be an open world role-playing game.

You can bet your bottom dollar that we'll update this guide as soon as we learn more, though.

What do you think of The Elder Scrolls VI so far? Where do you think it will take place? What new features do you want to see? Let us know in the comments below.