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The Elder Scrolls 6 in design phase, being built on new Starfield technology

"The projects kind of intertwine."

Bethesda boss Todd Howard has given a brief update on The Elder Scrolls 6, which is still many years away.

The hugely-anticipated Skyrim sequel will benefit from following the upcoming Starfield, Howard said, whose new engine is already being used for TES6 prep.

"The [new Starfield] technology, Creation Engine 2, is sort of built for both," Howard told The Telegraph. "It's like a new tech base. The vast majority of our development development work is on Starfield right now but everybody works on everything so the projects kind of intertwine."

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But even with some staff working on The Elder Scrolls' series future, Howard was careful to make it clear that its next fantasy RPG chapter was still a long way from launch.

"It's good to think of The Elder Scrolls 6 as still being in a design [phase]," Howard concluded, "but we're checking the tech: 'Is this going to handle the things we want to do in that game?' Every game will have some new suites of technology so Elder Scrolls 6 will have some additions on to Creation Engine 2 that that game is going to require."

At least Starfield now has a release date: 11th November 2022, as announced during the Xbox and Bethesda E3 livestream. The new sci-fi franchise will launch then for PC and Xbox Series X/S, and be available via Xbox Game Pass.

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Blink and you'd miss it, but Bethesda fans said they spotted a TES6 map tease in that above trailer - which would make sense if both projects' development is overlapping. Here's where fans think The Elder Scrolls may be headed.

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