If you were expecting to see Bethesda's Starfield or The Elder Scrolls VI at E3 this year, you'll be disappointed. From the man himself, Todd Howard, we heard that we're probably not seeing either.
A live stream at PAX East saw a panel of Bethesda veterans like Pete Hinds and the aforementioned Todd Howard discuss the future of their company, including the likes of The Elder Scrolls. During the stream, Howard said:
"Before everyone asks, please be patient. It's going to be a long time. It's not something we're going to be talking about at E3, either of those games, this year. And so patience, please, but you know, given the anniversary, we did want to give everybody a taste..."
This appears to indicate that neither of these two games are going to be at E3, or at least there won't be any gameplay footage or demos. The team on the panel were discussing technology being incorporated into the two games, including photogrammetry to create terrain in the Elder Scrolls. They are scanning actual, real-world environments can put them in a game for extreme realism.
Bethesda is using this technique to put Shirley Curry, the Skyrim Grandma, in the next Elder Scrolls. This was the result of a viral fan petition. The actual model of her face can be seen during the Stream at around 2:05:30.
When it's all said and done, Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI appear to be very far away from launching. Still, Bethesda's showcase at E3 will undoubtedly include games such as The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein, Doom Eternal, Rage 2, and more.
It seems to me that these two titles are much further from releasing than I - or most people - initially thought. Just think, Skyrim released in 2011 and I suspect we have at least 3 years before Starfield at this rate. It's going to be a long time, and the gap in development is puzzling. I don't think that there's been trouble in development, but you can see a huge shift in priorities. Which is weird, considering that The Elder Scrolls is clearly Bethesda's cash cow.
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