It’s a long ways off.
It’s been six years since Skyrim came out, so it would be fair to say that The Elder Scrolls fans aren’t being unreasonable when they clamour for a new game in the series, and for it to come out soon. However, Bethesda have made no efforts to hide the fact that they’re not even thinking about the game right now, that there’s so much else that they’re choosing to focus on instead. And that is exactly why we can all be almost completely certain that The Elder Scrolls 6 will not be at Bethesda’s E3 showing later tonight.
Look, E3 is a time when we’re all allowed to dream more than just a little, and there’s no doubting that millions of us have been hoping against hope that maybe, just maybe, Bethesda will surprise everyone and talk about The Elder Scrolls 6 at that their presser, at least to some extent. However, there’s plenty that we already know they’re working on. They’re probably going to talk about Fallout 4 VR, they have to talk about Skyrim for the Nintendo Switch. And then there’s Starfield, which is rumoured to be their new sci-fi IP, made in the vein of Fallout and The Elder Scrolls.
So yeah, it doesn’t look like Bethesda are going to talk about The Elder Scrolls 6. Chances are, they aren’t even too far ahead into the game’s development cycle right now, and the trend for Bethesda recently has been to only announce games just a few months before they’re actually launched, which makes it even harder for a potential Skyrim sequel to make it to E3 this year. We really, really hope we’re wrong, and that Bethesda do indeed pull a rabbit out of the hat- but it seems very unlikely.