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Early announcements of Elder Scrolls 6 still being in pre-production show how bad they can be

Elder Scrolls 6 is undoubtedly one of the most highly anticipated games in the gaming community. RPG fans are devoted to Morrowind and Oblivion, cementing their love for the franchise. Elder Scrolls fans are understandably excited for the next installment in the series following Skyrim's success.

It seems that the next Elder Scrolls title won't be coming anytime soon. Todd Howard has revealed that The Elder Scrolls 6 is still in pre-production, which means it will take years before it is released - and fans aren't happy. It just goes to show how detrimental early announcements can be to a game.

During the E3 Conference in June 2018, The Elder Scrolls 6 was first announced. After Fallout 76's gameplay reveal, a Starfield teaser trailer was shown. It featured a sprawling landscape that many believed to be The Elder Scrolls' Hammerfell, accompanied by the familiar soundtrack and the words 'The Elder Scrolls VI' appearing on screen.

As expected, thunderous applause greeted this announcement. Clearly, Bethesda understands that The Elder Scrolls 6 is one of its most awaited releases. Howard even described the game as 'the one you [the fans] keep asking about.' Since then, the developer has remained silent. Granted, Howard did explain at E3 that The Elder Scrolls 6 would be released after Starfield, but that doesn't make the long wait any better for fans.

Let's look back at the recent Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase. Starfield fans got to see its gameplay, systems, and environments, but The Elder Scrolls 6 fans were left with nothing. Skyrim's successor was revealed only after the showcase - and it wasn't good news. Howard revealed in a recent interview that The Elder Scrolls 6 was still in the preproduction phase.

The Elder Scrolls 6 is scheduled for release after Starfield, so it'll probably be a couple of years before it comes out. Howard explains that Bethesda wanted to focus its efforts on Starfield because it was the company's first new IP, and the team wanted to experiment.

However, Starfield's release has been pushed back to 2023, further delaying Bethesda's next titles. As time passes, fans become disheartened by the radio silence as the hype dies down. It may not have been the best idea for Bethesda to announce The Elder Scrolls 6 so soon.

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