The Elder Scrolls VI isn't playable yet, is in pre-production

The Elder Scrolls VI isn't playable yet, is in pre-production

It might be a while before we see the latest entry in Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls franchise hitting shelves.

Speaking to industry personality Geoff Keighley, Bethesda Games' director Todd Howard said that The Elder Scrolls VI had been in the works now for some time, but that it was not playable yet. The project is in fact only in pre-production at the moment.

By contrast, Bethesda's other big RPG title Starfield is playable, despite the game only being teased at its E3 conference. 

"I would say Elder Scrolls VI is in pre-production, and Starfield is in production. It's a game we've been making for a while," Howard said.

"Starfield is playable, Elder Scrolls VI, not in that way yet."

The decision to speak about releases that are admittedly quite a way off was due to Howard and co wanting to be open with its fans about what Bethesda had coming up.

Howard said: "Our fans find a lot of things we're doing and they want to know - we decided to be upfront and say 'This is what we're doing' because we're excited about it. Let's just get it all out there and let everybody know what we're doing."

Bethesda's E3 press conference - while not delivering on soon-to-be-released projects - was arguably the biggest event it has hosted since it started running its own press conference in 2015


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