Although the focus is on Starfield right now, Bethesda is also busy with one other massive-scale game. We're talking about The Elder Scrolls 6 and it seems there's been another minor update about the status of this highly anticipated fantasy project.

During an interview with Spanish games website Vandal (translated by GameSpot), Bethesda's head of publishing Pete Hines revealed The Elder Scrolls 6 has officially moved from the "pre-production" phase into the early stages of development. The bad news is, it's still apparently years away:

Pete Hines: "It's in development, but it's in early development."

According to Hines, fans of this long-running series shouldn't expect to hear "anything" about the sixth entry "anytime soon". At best, news about the game can be expected "a few years after" the launch of Starfield. He also reiterated how "everybody" at Bethesda right now is completely focused on Starfield, which releases in early access on 1st September and officially launches on 6th September.

Up until now, there's been a number of mixed reports about when exactly Starfield will arrive. More recently, Xbox boss Phil Spencer mentioned during the FTC hearing how The Elder Scrolls 6 was possibly "five-plus years away". Platforms also haven't been confirmed just yet:

Phil Spencer: "As I said, with Elder Scrolls VI, it's so far out--it's hard to understand what the platforms will even be at this point. It's the same team that's finishing Starfield, which comes out this September. So we're talking about a game that's like five-plus years away."

Keep in mind, this is just an estimate from Phil and an official release date for The Elder Scrolls 6 is still a long way off.

The Elder Scrolls 6 was officially announced in a teaser trailer back in 2018, with Bethesda mentioning at the time how the game was "currently in pre-production".

How do you feel having to wait possibly years for the next major development update about The Elder Scrolls 6? Will you be playing Starfield? Leave a comment below.

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