Bethesda Will Accelerate The Elder Scrolls VI Development and Launch in 2019 Claims Pachter

Written by Stuart Thomas on Thu, Jan 3, 2019 9:50 AM
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In further proof that taking note of Michael Pachter’s sage wisdom is probably a bad idea, the notorious industry analyst has gone on record to predict The Elder Scrolls VI will be launching in 2019.

Pachter’s thinking behind this preposterous prediction is fairly sound, although fails to account for the towering demands of developing a massive new game in the Elder Scrolls franchise. Pachter believes the critical mauling of Fallout 76 has been a massive hit for Bethesda, and he “expects them to accelerate development of ESVI. Elder Scrolls VI is coming in 2019.”

Now, there’s acceleration, and then there’s warp speed. All the will in the world can’t get a new Elder Scrolls game out several years earlier than expected, based on a commercial flop that launched just two months ago.

Bethesda has been pretty clear about its plans since E3 2018. Both Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI were officially revealed. Starfield is a sci-fi RPG announced as Bethesda’s next large-scale project, followed by The Elder Scrolls VI at a later date. It wouldn’t surprise us if TESVI was just a name on a page a handful of months before E3 2018, so the idea of Bethesda creating a new Elder Scrolls within a couple of years seems a bit ludicrous. We’ll stick our necks out on the line and say it’s complete codswallop, to be honest.

As for Pachter’s other predictions that were sent to GI.biz, they’re a little more wrapped up in reality. “We will get major game announcements from Take-Two” seems like a no-brainer. Take-Two has practically no major games on the horizon whatsoever, so naturally, it will announce something soon. Pachter does put his foot in it again though, saying “It would be cheating to say that the company will announce Borderlands, since it will probably happen before this article is published.” Whoops.

For all the criticism, Pachter is a man that can often get things right though. Some might say a stopped clock is right twice a day. He predicts Ubisoft will release four AAA titles (as confirmed in Ubi’s own financial reports), Activision will make Overwatch and COD: BLOPS 4: Blackout F2P, Respawn will launch two games this year (Star Wars Jedi and Titanfall 3), there’ll be a fully handheld version of the Nintendo Switch, and “we will see progress on streaming services in 2019”. These are all either confirmed already or extremely plausible. A whole lot more plausible than The Elder Scrolls VI, at least.

What do you make of Pachter’s predictions? Is there any way you can see The Elder Scrolls VI having its development accelerated and launching in 2019? Let us know your thoughts!

If you want to see some similarly preposterous claims, do check out Jon’s Gaming Predictions for 2019.

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16:15 Jan-04-2019

accelerate and rush this game and I for one will completely avoid it. It will be Fallout 76 fail all over again. Slow down and make it correctly or you will end up out of business Bethesda

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06:53 Jan-04-2019

They may accelerate development of a 2019 E3 teaser trailer, but that is about it. XD

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19:38 Jan-03-2019

If it runs on the ancient game engine bethesda uses then i don't want it.I don't want to play a game full of bugs,they should just use unreal engine 4 just like obsidian did on the outer worlds.

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19:40 Jan-03-2019

Honestly I'm more excited about outer worlds than tes vi which I've been waiting for 7 years after seeing the mess they've done with fallout 4 and fallout 76

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17:07 Jan-03-2019

If they launched anything this year it would be Starfield they rush. At this point in time i doubt TESVI is even out of pre-production

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16:24 Jan-03-2019

"It just works".


Sorry Todd, not this time.


It's time to make a game that is better than skyrim. Just move on like the other people at bethesda using other engines, all they need is there, the lore, the world, it's all in the previous games, they just need to improve and build on it, not strip something off or away to make something new. I have only played Skyrim and i loved it, but then i looked at what the previous games had, and i must say "WOW". Maybe they were closed off, like one class and not being able to be an omnipotent GOD, but good.

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16:20 Jan-03-2019

They better not. The best thing they can do is focus on making Elder Scroll VI and Starfield the best damn games they can make before sending them out. Let Doom Eternal and Rage 2 come out with a hopefully a good release to prove you have learned from your mistakes after Fallout 76. Don't screw up one of your most popular games after the current mess.

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15:40 Jan-03-2019

The trailer's video description says something about concept or pre-production state. We definitely won't see it before like 2021-2022. Considering that at least by the time the trailer was released the developement hasn't even started, I assume they're working on their engine before focussing on developing the game which could make it take even longer than that.

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15:48 Jan-03-2019

Pachter is full of sht and has lost all his credibillity long ago. He's the same guy who said that Microsoft will win the win the console war of this generation, well that worked out. Also I remember him saying that there isn't going to be a next generation of consoles a couple of years ago, now all evidents hints that there's one coming. Don't trust this guys predictions at all, it's all bs.

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15:38 Jan-03-2019

elder scroll 76.. another unfinished buggy piece of crap if they rush with it

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15:32 Jan-03-2019

I dont want them to rush after what ive seen with what theyve done with F76. And if they take longer to make the game it might become a much better game than other elder scrolls game.

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14:57 Jan-03-2019

Slow down Bethesda, look what you did to fallout 76 in rushing it! Take your time, no need to rush this game or its going to fail on day 1 like Fallout 76. Build a complete game for once!

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13:59 Jan-03-2019

2023 or 2025

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13:40 Jan-03-2019

Surely they wait for a clever marketing date like 11.11.11 maybe 2.2.22

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14:46 Jan-03-2019

Or maybe 19/9/2019

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13:37 Jan-03-2019

https://youtu.be/8WREidENJ8w
lies more lies more bugs unfinished games sorry not thrustworthy

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14:24 Jan-03-2019

definitely not thrustworthy unless very desperate

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12:43 Jan-03-2019

Considering what happened with Fallout 76, do we really want Bethesda to rush another game, specially Elder Scrools VI? They should delay the launch and work on their fossil of an engine.

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14:53 Jan-03-2019

Or just wrap their heads around the idea that a new engine might be something to work on

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11:34 Jan-03-2019

I wish. But no, Starfield is coming first.

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11:32 Jan-03-2019

shut up and take my money

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13:54 Jan-03-2019

And if you get another buggy game like fallout 76. Whacha gonna do?

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11:43 Jan-04-2019

i am not a fan of fallout franchise, but i still play skyrim and i look forward to the next title, they surely wont make the same mess they did in fallout 76

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10:53 Jan-03-2019

Following the tradition will it have 16 times the detail that Fallout 76 had?

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15:42 Jan-03-2019

Nah they're skipping that, it's 256 the detail and it just totally works.

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10:45 Jan-03-2019

would be really interesting to implement proper raytracing, by the time they release the game it should be a mainstream tech :)

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13:56 Jan-03-2019

I think they will.

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10:22 Jan-03-2019

I could imagine they are that stupid and actually launch it in 2019. Disaster incoming, but atm its hard to see that this will be better than Elder Scrolls V anyways - since Fallout 76 i have huge doubts.

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10:21 Jan-03-2019

Yeah, the very thing Bethesda needs is another disaster and a bug riddled mess.
Although, by everything we know, ESVI is going to be a bug riddled mess but hopefully not a huge disaster.

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