e3 2018
Todd Howard at Bethesda E3

The Elder Scrolls VI Has Not Yet Entered Production, Starfield Is Playable

by Imran Khan on Jun 11, 2018 at 02:33 PM

After last night's teases for The Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield, the two next games from Bethesda Game Studios, fans have been wondering how far in development these two games are. It is uncharacteristic of modern Bethesda to announce games so far ahead of time, after all.

Talking to Geoff Keighley on his E3 Coliseum show today, Todd Howard characterized both games as early, but Starfield is a little further along than The Elder Scrolls VI.

"I would say Elder Scrolls 6 is in pre-production, and Starfield is in production. It's a game we've been making for awhile," Howard told Keighley. "Starfield is playable. Elder Scrolls 6, not in that way yet."

Keighley brought up Todd Howard's previous comments on a new Elder Scrolls, saying he didn't want to make a new one until or unless the technology to bring his ideas for the game life existed. Howard had a pretty telling answer.

"It's getting closer," Howard said. "I don't want to spoil anything yet. I think the teasers we put out are announcing the game, and ones of tone. How does the game feel? Hints at where it's set, for both Starfield and Elder Scrolls set. Even for us, though, redoing that music and putting it up there, even we get goosebumpy. We can't wait to have everybody be able to play this game. But that's us, too. We want to play it."

Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI were described as games coming in the next generation, but it is not clear if Howard's definition of that matches the traditional one.