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Todd Howard Also Wishes The Elder Scroll 6 Was Coming Soon

We know The Elder Scrolls 6 is in development, but we also know that it's likely many years away. That's according to Microsoft's own documentation for its fight with the CMA over the Activision merger, which also hinted at Elder Scrolls 6 being an Xbox exclusive. Pre-development began in January, and it's anyone's guess when actual development will begin, but it's not likely to happen before next year's release of Starfield.

In an interview with Lex Fridman, Bethesda chief Todd Howard said he regretted not getting to The Elder Scrolls 6 earlier. "I wish it was soon," he said. "We want 'em out too. I wish they didn't take as long as they did, but they do."

When Fridman asked if he knew when The Elder Scrolls 6 would release (which he did in multiple different ways), Howard replied he had a "vague idea" of when to expect the game, but he made it clear that it'll be a long time yet.

"If I could go back in time, it would never have been my plan to wait as long as it's taken for it," he said. When asked if Elder Scrolls was a world he wished to return to, Howard replied in the utmost affirmative. "It's part of why I've spent more time there than anything else in my life probably. Deeply love it–it's a part of us."

Howard did offer a tiny update for Elder Scrolls fans. He noted that there was a recent meeting where something was prototyped that made him want "to play all this right now," and that Bethesda has plans to make The Elder Scrolls 6 a 20-year game.

"People are going to play the next Elder Scrolls game for the next decade, two decades, and that does change the way you think about how you architect it from the get-go," explained Howard. How does Bethesda make another Skyrim-like game? "We're trying to figure that out."

Elsewhere in the same interview, Howard talked about Starfield's 1,000 planets and how he prefers to play on consoles over PC these days. You can listen to the full interview here.

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