Bethesda Asks Elder Scrolls VI And Starfield Fans To Be Patient

Bethesda appeared up at E3 2018 with lots to show for it and the surprise announcement of Elder Scrolls VI had folks rolling with anticipation. Starfield was high on the list for prying eyes, the first original IP from the studio in 25 years. Enticing bits and pieces of information have been revealed thus far, but the science-fiction RPG will be “different” from the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series, but maintains Bethesda’s recognizable flare. Both, however, will take time to come to fruition.

In an interview with The Guardian, game designer Todd Howard and senior vice president of marketing and PR, Pete Hines, reveal their long-term plans. According to Hines, “the Elder Scrolls VI is still two games away from Bethesda Game Studios.” Under the assumption that each project takes about a year or two to complete, ESVI may be quite some time until its long-awaited (and perhaps overdue) debut. The same could be said for Starfield.

We’ve been talking about it for a decade, we started putting things on paper five, six years ago, and active development was from when we finished Fallout 4, so two and a half, three years. Everyone should be very patient [for Starfield and Elder Scrolls VI]. It’s gonna take a while for what we have in mind to come out.”

Despite the time it will take to complete all the projects and exceed expectations, Bethesda is determined to bring the “next generation” in gaming experience. Howard elaborates on that idea, saying the studio is “pushing it” in terms of hardware and software as it especially relates to Starfield.

That to us means two things. It does mean hardware and it does mean software on our side, and it also means gameplay – what does the next generation of epic single-player RPGs feel like to us? What systems we put it out on – what’s the hardware requirements – is still to be determined.

We’re pushing it; we’re thinking very, very far in future so we’re building something that will handle next-generation hardware. That’s what we’re building on right now, that’s where our mind is, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t exist on the current systems as well.”

It stands to be said that both games will be massive, flaunting 100 hours of playtime for each. According to Howard, that’s a “conservative” estimate. That is unless you’re a speed-run gamer. Then that’s a different story.

Both titles are ways away from a release date reveal, but the future for Bethesda is bright. What do you hope to see from Starfield – a single-player experience or a multiplayer one? Where do you hope the studio will take ESVI? Let us know what you think in the comments section below or start a conversation on DFTG Facebook page. To stay up to date on gaming news as it happens, follow us on Twitter! Here’s some of our latest:

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