It would appear that fans of the popular Elder Scrolls franchise may be getting to play the latest installment to the series very soon.
The sixth installment to the RPG franchise was previously announced at last year’s E3 and by all indications was done to ease consumer fears that Bethesda Game Studios was struggling to produce content for consumers and that the studio had also been unable to make any meaningful development on the project. The source of this concern comes from the fact the studio will be fielding a brand new IP in the form of Starfield, way before the gears start to move on Elder Scrolls VI‘s development.
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However, this concern may soon end according to WedBush Securities analyst Michael Pachter. In an interview with GamesIndustry, Pachter predicted that Bethesda would attempt to fast-track develop on The Elder Scrolls VI for a 2019 release in an attempt to regain profits lost from last year’s Fallout 76 and regain goodwill among consumers who were no doubt disappointed with the company’s management of the game. Fallout 76 was a critically panned title marred by controversy surrounding the game’s bugs and banned players being required to write essays on why modding their versions of the game was bad.
“The flop of Fallout 76 makes a hit more essential for Bethesda, and I expect them to accelerate development of ESVI,” Pachter said, specifying that the game will launch this year. He also clarified that this is a prediction that he has made in previous years as well so it should be taken with a grain of salt.
Consumers may find it difficult to believe that Bethesda could possibly release Elder Scrolls VI this year given that prior reports have indicted that meaningful development hasn’t started and likely won’t until around the time Starfield gets closer to release. Not only that but it is not likely that Bethesda would be interested in rushing out another AAA title with less than a year of development after the commercial failure of another of their titles. A business decision like that would be considerably reckless and bring unnecessary damage on to a brand that people are already skeptical of now more than ever after Fallout 76. As far as anyone may be concerned The Elder Scrolls VI is still far from reach.