Few games are as expected as The Elder Scrolls 6. Bethesda’s previous version of the series, Skyrim, has become almost legendary since its launch in 2011. And all the while, fans have been waiting patiently for more on the sequel. After 10 years, however, questions remain, even regarding such basics as the game’s release date and platforms. Is there any new information in 2022?
Elder Scrolls 6 Release Date on Xbox and PC
Elder Scrolls 6 hasn’t received a release date, and that’s because it’s still years from launch. As late as June 2021, the Bethesda team said the game was still in the “design phase.” Because the game is so early in development, the developers themselves don’t even know when it will be finished, let alone when it might launch.
Of course, the people of Bethesda have not stood idly by. They’ve been working on Starfield, a new sci-fi property set to launch next November. Once Starfield is released, the team will likely still have to focus on updates and post-launch support for some time. It’s only after the dust settles on Starfield’s launch that Bethesda can focus most of its efforts on The Elder Scrolls 6.
Will Elder Scrolls 6 be on PS5 or Nintendo Switch?
The Elder Scrolls 6 will not be released on PlayStation 5 or Nintendo Switch. It will most likely not be released for anything other than the Xbox Series X / S or the PC, since Microsoft owns Bethesda Game Studios, the developers of the game.
It’s a bit of a strange situation, since the old Elder Scrolls games were on PlayStation consoles. Indeed, a PS5 version was supposed to be when the sixth entry was announced in 2018. However, times change and business can get fierce. Microsoft finalized the purchase of Bethesda in March 2021, and Xbox director Phil Spencer confirmed that Elder Scrolls 6 will be Xbox and PC exclusive last November.
As for the Nintendo Switch, well, no one really expected it to come out for the brave little handheld anyway. It could have been technically possible thanks to cloud streaming, thinking optimistically. Either way, those hopes were dashed when the game’s exclusivity on the Xbox console was confirmed. Fortunately, Switch owners can still check out The Elder Scrolls: Blades.