This probably shouldn't come as a surprise but, in case you were hoping to hear some news on Elder Scrolls VI any time in the near future, you're going to be very disappointed.
Speaking with DualShockers during last week's Gamescom conference in Germany, Bethesda's VP of Marketing Pete Hines said that there will be a lengthy wait before any more news on Elder Scrolls comes out that isn't directly related to the series' more recent MMO.
The exact phrasing Hines used when speaking to DualShockers is that it will be a “very long time” before the team is ready to talk about anything other than their two current projects and, if you think about it, that makes a heck of a lot of sense.
For starters, Elder Scrolls Online only launched for PC last year and finally hit consoles just a few months back. While the critical reception has been lukewarm up until this point, it wouldn't make a lot of sense for the studio to just cut and run on the project. If all goes well, we can expect new expansions and updates on a regular basis, which means a hefty chunk of the team will be dedicated to Bethesda's first MMO for quite a while.
Oh, and then there's a little game releasing in November called Fallout 4. You may have heard of it? Anyway, with that bad boy set to arrive later this year and assuming Bethesda follows their normal schedule in regards to DLC, we can probably expect a solid year's worth of post-launch DLC before they're ready to release a “Complete” edition and finally step away from the game.
In other words, Bethesda is kind of busy right now, which means there isn't a heck of a lot of resources to be spared on getting the ball rolling with any new projects, including Elder Scrolls VI. That's probably kind of hard to believe for folks who have gotten used to series like Call of Duty, Battlefield, Assassin's Creed and every sports game ever becoming annualized. You've typically got to strike while the iron is hot in this industry, which means sequels typically get churned out every two to three years at the latest.
In the case of The Elder Scrolls V, it may be hard to believe, but Skyrim will be turning four years old this fall. Going off of what Hines said last week, we'll almost certainly be a full half decade into that game's lifespan before we even get word about a proper sequel.
Given Bethesda's track record, though, it will almost certainly be well worth the wait.