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The Elder Scrolls VI

Starfield is in a playable state, The Elder Scrolls VI is not

Todd Howard clarifies the state of play for both games.

  • Text: Mike Holmes

Bethesda put in a good showing during this year's E3, with the publisher wrapping up its presentation with a flurry of crowd-pleasing announcements.

First up we got a more in-depth look at Fallout 76, then studio boss Todd Howard showed off a short teaser for new IP Starfield. At the end though the publisher went one further and confirmed that The Elder Scrolls VI is happening. As if there was any doubt, but hey, it's good to know for sure, right?

The thing is, however, we saw next to nothing of either of the last two games, with both reveal trailers giving very little away. Starfield's trailer had a bit more substance, whereas The Elder Scrolls VI was extremely vague. The reason behind that vagueness is that there's actually nothing to show.

"I would say Elder Scrolls 6 is in pre-production, and Starfield is in production. It's a game we've been making for a while", Howard told Geoff Keighley in this interview. Then, when he was asked whether Starfield was already in a playable state, he added: "oh, yes. Absolutely. That's a good way to say it. Starfield is playable, Elder Scrolls 6, not in that way yet."

So while it's good to know that the studio is working on the next entry in the long-running fantasy series, there's a long wait in front of us before we finally get our hands on it.