For some fans, though an HD version of Skyrim is most welcome, as it was officially announced at last nights Bethesda Press Conference, some wondered why the developer wasn’t simple working on the next Elder Scrolls title.
During Youtube’s E3 Live coverage, Todd Howard sat down and talked about how Bethesda is working on Elder Scrolls 6, but, it will take a while to come out:
“[Elder Scrolls 6 is] kind of like the elephant in the room, always, when we talk about anything,” Howard explained, “and you know, I think it’s good in these moments to tell our fans yes, of course we are [working on it] – it’s something we love – but it is… you know, I have to be careful what I say, it’s a very long way off.
I could sit here and explain the game to you, and you would say, ‘That sounds like you don’t even have the technology. How long is that going to take?’ So it is something that’s going to take a lot of time, what he have in mind for that game, and we actually have two other large projects we’re also doing that are bigger than everything we’ve done. People will probably hear about those even before Elder Scrolls 6. That’ll make sense many years from now.
We think very long term. We’re not a developer that’s going to rush something like this out,” he continued. “When you think about what is the future of that kind of game, we have a pretty good idea of what that’s going to be, and it’s just going to take technology and time we don’t necessarily have right now.”
So the game is coming, it’s just not coming within the next year or so most likely. Also, it’s unclear at this point what the “two or three games” Howard is talking about that would come inbetween it.