With the announcement and release of Fallout 4 last year, Bethesda fans have been wondering what the next title from the studio will be. It seems like a no-brainer if you look at their history that work must be underway for another Elder Scrolls title. When will the next Elder Scrolls game actually come out?


The last game in The Elder Scrolls series, subtitled Skyrim, was released all the way back in 2011. The game since got DLC, culminating in a Legendary Edition over in 2013. But it remains that the base game is now 4 years old, and this year will mark its 5 year anniversary. So what does this tell us about the next Elder Scrolls game, apart from the fact that Skyrim is really getting on with the years?

For one, that Bethesda has been taking more and more time to develop their games. After the release of the first Elder Scrolls game, Arena, Daggerfall took 2 and a half years to show up. Morrowind, the third Elder Scrolls game appeared 3 years and 7 months to show up, followed by Oblivion, which took 3 years and 10 months. Skyrim took the longest, coming up a massive 5 years and 7 months after Oblivion. To recap, that means Bethesda has been taking longer and longer to churn out Elder Scrolls games.

If we factor in Fallout games into the mix, it took about 2 years for Fallout 3 to come out after Oblivion, and 4 years for Fallout 4 to follow Skyrim. Based on these estimates, it sounds like The Elder Scrolls VI is still a while away, and a release this year would be extremely unlikely. This is backed by Todd Howard stating that the projects Bethesda Game Studios is working on will not see the light of day for a while. Perhaps next year?

  • Well they have grown since Skyrim an awfull lot, and since todd said with great confidence they’re working on 4 projects at once, it could be possible this year like they surprised us with fallout 4

  • Devin Lowe

    Thing is, you can’t factor Fallout games into the mix. Bethesda has proven since Fallout 3 that their relatively “small” studio is capable of working on multiple projects around the same time.

    TES VI has most-likely been in development since late 2011.