Bethesda boss Todd Howard sure is coming out with some corkers recently. Speaking to IGN about The Elder Scrolls as a series, Howard mentions The Elder Scrolls VI. Right now, we know next to nothing about the game other than it likely takes place in Hammerfell, and that it's almost certainly going to be a PS5 release. And yes, it's probably going to be a long time before we hear anything worthy of note -- it's not going to appear at E3, and Starfield is Bethesda Game Studios' next project anyway.
But yeah, The Elder Scrolls VI still turns up during this interview. Howard speaks about The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and how it's still a blockbuster title a whopping eight years after its original release. Thanks to the game's high replay value and external factors such as mods, Skyrim remains an immensely popular game. Crazy when you stop to think about it.
And naturally, Howard wants the same from The Elder Scrolls VI. "[The success of Skyrim] lets us know going into Elder Scrolls VI that this is a game we need to design for people to play for a decade at least. At least," he said. The double us of "at least" really sells that one.
Bethesda gets a lot of criticism -- and sometimes it's fully deserved -- but it's hard to deny that its games have a kind of magic to them. They must, otherwise people wouldn't still be playing Skyrim, or even The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, for that matter. There's something about the single player Bethesda role-playing game that hooks people and refuses to let them go. Here's hoping that Howard and his team can deliver again when it comes to The Elder Scrolls VI.
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