At last, Fallout 4 has been released, and with it an indication of how Bethesda are growing as a developer. Its been 4 long years since Skyrim rocked the gaming world, and while the graphical leap hasn't been as substantial as we'd have liked, Bethesda have maintained a high level of quality with Fallout - despite a few issues that need ironing out.
Though after looking at Fallout 4, fans began to think of the future. Elder Scrolls 6 is assuredly on Bethesda's mind, and the first element of the game that needs to be decided upon is its location. What sort of land can rival that of the dragon-filled plains of Skyrim? Does the map need to dramatically increase in size? Or is the map size in Fallout 4 enough?
Elsweyr: A Perfect Location for Elder Scrolls 6?
If we examine the geography of Elsweyr, you'll realize that this region of Tamriel is essentially perfect as a follow-up to Skyrim. Since the events of Elder Scrolls V, Elsweyr has been divided into two separate nations, each of which offers unique terrain and wildlife. This area is home to the Khajiit, and consists of the desert-filled badlands of the North, and the dense jungles and woodlands of the South. This naturally lends a welcome degree of diversity to Elsweyr.
But even though the cultural history of the Khajiit is interesting, the landscape is varied and beautiful, and there is a ton of lore to uncover here, take a look at a map of Tamriel and you'll notice that the size of Elsweyr is a fair bit smaller than Skyrim.
With a series like The Elder Scrolls, we desire enormous lands to get lost in. Fantasy games require expansive countryside and wildlife, as well as dense and lively settlements to visit. When it comes to Fallout, the series is more dense than large. Its settlements are bustling with life and a seemingly endless roster of quests to embark upon. Let's not forget about the countless buildings you can enter too, a number of which have underground areas to explore.
Therefore, when it comes to comparing the two franchises to one another, it's not really fair to talk about size (no laughing). Elder Scrolls has different requirements than Fallout. So when we look at Tamriel and examine where Elder Scrolls 6 could take place, could we see the next game expand to include two locations?
Elsweyr & Valenwood Together?
Situated next to one another, the lands of Elsweyr and Valenwood have stark contrast to one another. Combining the two of them into one adventure could see us enjoy one of the most diverse RPG maps upon the release date of Elder Scrolls 6. But what do you think? Do you feel like Elder Scrolls 6 should expand to include two areas into its map?