The Elder Scrolls is one of the most popular role-playing series of all time. Games like Oblivion and Skyrim have sold millions of copies and are still regularly played to this day. The large open worlds and wide variety of side quests make them perfect for those who like to get engrossed in a game for hundreds of hours. It is no wonder, then, that people are eagerly anticipating the next installment in the series.
Officially confirmed at E3 2018, Bethesda director Todd Howard revealed that The Elder Scrolls VI is in development. However, the game would only release after the launch of their next project, Starfield. Very little information has been detailed since then, leading to plenty of speculation from fans. These rumors deal with everything from where the game might be set, to the new features it includes. Some of them are so believable they could even end up being true.
19 The Game Will Take Place In High Rock
High Rock was a prominent location in the first two games in series, serving as the primary setting for The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. It lies to the east of Skyrim and north of Hammerfell. It is inhabited by the Bretons, a half-men and half-elf race. As it hasn’t shown up in any of the recent entries, rumors state that it could be the setting for the upcoming sequel.
18 It Will Be Called Redfall
Bethesda’s parent company Zenimax attempted to trademark the term Redfall in September, 2018. This led to a long dispute with book publisher Bookbreeze as they had a line of sci-fi novels by Jay Falconer with the name name. Fans quickly connected Redfall with The Elder Scrolls VI, suggesting it could be the name of the next game.
17 There Will Be Completely New Combat
The Elder Scrolls franchise is known for its storytelling, interesting quests, and compelling characters. Yet, one thing they have never managed to completely nail is combat. Even Skyrim had a rather basic combat system, especially when compared to more recent role-playing games. A completely revamped combat system in The Elder Scrolls VI has been rumored for a while, to make fighting enemies more sophisticated.
16 Valenwood Will Be Where Players Explore
Valenwood is the southwestern province of Tamriel and the capital of the Aldmeri Dominion. It is also the original home of the Wood Elves. It is a deep jungle environment and rumors suggest it could be the setting for the next entry in the series. Although Valenwood can be explored in The Elder Scrolls Online and The Elder Scrolls: Arena, it has not been featured in the main RPG series since 1994.
15 Building Will Take On A Larger Role
The last few games from Bethesda have introduced building mechanics and heavily expanded upon them. The 'Hearthfire DLC' for Skyrim allowed players to build their own houses. Meanwhile, Fallout 4 allowed entire settlements to be built, customized, and managed. Rumors from fans suggest that this trend could continue and allow for even more building mechanics in the sequel.
14 It Will Have Fallout-Like Weapon Customization
Despite the huge variety present throughout almost everything in The Elder Scrolls, there are not that many types of weapons. Basic swords, maces, and shields can be crafted with different material, but they still function the same way. Rumors are that this could change in The Elder Scrolls VI. Not only could the game include customization for weapons, like in Fallout 4, but entirely new types of weapons could be made available.
13 The Setting Will Be Elsweyr
Elsweyr is one of the nine provinces in Tamriel. Located in the south of the continent, it is bordered by Valenwood, Black Marsh, and Cyrodiil. It is the ancestral home of the Khajiit, although it has since been taken over by the Aldmeri Dominion. Rumors suggest that its unique landscape, as it has both desert and jungle environments, would make it the perfect setting for The Elder Scrolls VI.
12 Your Character And NPCs Will Age
It is becoming more and more common for role-playing games to have worlds that progress with the character. Choices have a lasting effect on the world, changing future events, while NPCs and the protagonist age as time moves forward. A few rumors state that a similar system will be in place for The Elder Scrolls VI, giving the world a more persistent feeling.
11 Elder Scrolls VI Will Have A Brand New Engine
For Skyrim, Bethesda developed a brand new game engine to help them create such an expansive world. They have since used the Creation Engine in modified forms for both Fallout 4 and Fallout 76. Now that they are working on both Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI, possibly for next-generation hardware, they could very well be working on a new engine. After all, their previous one is now more than eight years old.
10 Alternative Mounts Will Be Available
Players have typically been able to ride horses in The Elder Scrolls games, giving them a method to travel across vast lands quickly. Skyrim did allow the possibility of riding dragons and The Elder Scrolls Online has a variety of mounts, including bears, wolves, and even Dwarven spiders. This has led to some rumors that the new entry will make more mounts available.
9 Black Marsh Will Play A Major Role
There are rumors that the next game could take place in Black Marsh, a southern province of Tamriel. As suggested by the name, it is filled with large swamps and deep forests. The land had a hard history, with residents of Black Marsh often being forcibly removed by the Dunmer from the surrounding area of Morrowind to be slaves.
8 It Will Be Set Before All The Other Games
Despite the way that the various games are numbered, none of The Elder Scrolls games are actually direct sequels. Each is a separate title that takes place at various times during the fictional history of Tamriel. There are several rumors that suggest that the latest game could take place before any of the others, dealing with the formation of the continent of Tamriel.
7 Elder Scrolls 6 Will Be Playable In VR
In recent years, Bethesda have experimented with virtual reality in several of their games. Both Skyrim and Fallout 4 have VR versions that are available, while plenty of other titles from different developers have released VR versions simultaneously with the standard edition. Therefore, fans have speculated that The Elder Scrolls VI could arrive with VR support at launch.
6 The Lost Island Of Yokuda Will Be The Setting
Yokuda was an island that was once close to the west side of Tamriel. It was the original home of the Lefthanded Elves and Redguards, who would go on to conquer Hammerfell. It sank into the sea for some unknown reason, giving it an interesting backstory that could easily be explored in the future game.
5 Seasons Will Change, Altering The Environments
Although The Elder Scrolls has taken players to different environments with their own weather and conditions, there has never been a seasonal system in place. Persistent rumors argue that the sequel will change that. As time progresses in the world, the seasons will change, giving players the chance to experience the setting in both summer and winter.
4 Co-Op Gameplay Will Be Introduced
The Elder Scrolls series has traditionally been focused on single player experiences. Multiplayer offerings have been sparse and only The Elder Scrolls Online really let lots of players interact with each other. Yet, one prominent rumor is that the next installment in the franchise will actually include co-operative gameplay, letting small groups of friends team up to tackle quests.
3 It Will Be The Biggest Game Bethesda Have Ever Made
Almost every game that Bethesda creates has huge worlds to explore. What is even more impressive is that each subsequent title also has a larger in-game map than its predecessor. Obviously, this means there are lots of rumors that The Elder Scrolls VI will be the biggest game the studio has ever created.
2 The Game Will Release On The Next Generation Of Consoles
Bethesda has already revealed that The Elder Scrolls VI won’t be arriving any time soon. The developer and publisher want to release Starfield, a brand new IP before. work fully commences on the next installment of The Elder Scrolls. This has led to many rumors that the sequel will only release on PC, PlayStation 5, and the next Xbox rather than current generation consoles.
1 New Races Will Show Up
So far, The Elder Scrolls has introduced 10 different races that live in the land of Tamriel. Although different areas such as Morrowind, Skyrim, and Cyrodiil have native races, everyone mingles together across the large continent. However, some rumors involve a new race being introduced, either in a previously unseen land or at a point in history when the race was present in Tamriel.
Sources: Polygon.com, ElderScrollsOnline.com