Where will the future of The Elder Scrolls take us? What new land shall we all venture to and when are Bethesda likely to start working towards a release date? These are the questions that surround the future of one of the most beloved RPG franchises in history. But the wait for a followup to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim may be a lot longer than we anticipated:
“We actually have three kind of longer term projects we’re doing that are all—we’ll talk about them at a future date—but they’re different than anything we’ve done before, while also being a Bethesda-style game,” he said, as reported by VG247. “Big and crazy, but in many ways different than things we’ve done before. It’s an exciting time.” - Todd Howard
Skyrim, Tamriel, Akavir & Elder Scrolls 6
The above quote comes from Todd Howard, who was referencing the future of Bethesda Game Studios and the projects they're currently engaged in. If the developer is currently working on 3 long-term projects aside from Fallout 4's DLC, how will this impact on the development timeline of The Elder Scrolls series?
Truth is, we've no idea. Perhaps they won't affect Elder Scrolls 6 at all and we'll see it get a release date in 4 years or so. But in order to surpass Fallout 4 and the glory that is Skyrim, Bethesda need something bold and new - perhaps a whole new framework is required. But we thought we'd start somewhere small and focus on how the location for Elder Scrolls 6 needs to start the process of innovation.
Skyrim was an awesome location for a game. With its high mountains and grey crags, the game was spectacularly beautiful (if not a little colorless). But fans are going to want a new kind of location for the next Elder Scrolls adventure. Perhaps the vibrant colors of The Summerset Isles would be appropriate, or the lush forests of Valenwood. But what if we moved everything away from Tamriel entirely?
Way off to the East of Tamriel (the location where every Elder Scolls game has been set) lies the area of Akavir, the land of the dragons. Want a little bit of history about Akavir? Of course you do!
Akavir is the homeland of four collective races, none of which are related to one another. Collectively, they are referred to as the "Akaviri". The inhabitants are Snow Demons of Kamal, the Serpent-Men of Tsaesci, the Monkey People of Tang Mo and the Tiger Dragons of Ka'Po'Tun. The Tamreilic people never make the effort to venture to these brutal lands, fearing both the continent itself as well as the vast sea that separates them.
The Tsaesci are among the most infamous of the races that inhabit these lands. They have launched an armada of attacks on Tamriel in the past and are believed to have played a large role in the wiping out of the humans that used to share Akavir. Allegedly they were continuously attacked by the Tsaesci and eventually eaten into extinction. A brutal land indeed.
Seeing as the people of Tamriel know very little about these dragon-filled lands, it would be an enlightening experience for all! Imagine starting out on a boat in shackles as we pull up to lands of Akavir, not knowing what we're about to see or why we're being sent to this horrid place. I think it'd be an exhilarating opening for Elder Scrolls 6; one that could rival the power of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.