Bethesda's E3 2019 conference could carry some big news for those holding out for both of the publisher's major in-development games. Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 are both nebulous concepts at the moment, but a sit-down interview with Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard revealed the status and thought process behind the company's most anticipated reveals.
In an interview with IGN, Howard says Starfield is a game he's wanted to make for a "very, very long time." The devs at Bethesda knew, Howard says, that Starfield was next after Fallout 4, and they had been ruminating on it for a very long time.
"I think our aspirations for that game," says Howard. "Y'know, it's the end-all, be-all science-fiction game that everyone's always wanted to play. Well, we could be the ones to pull this off. We have enough talent and experience and technology. We need to write a whole bunch of new technology that we're doing, but we think that we can pull it off." (He clarified that he meant his own personal end-all, be-all, not necessarily yours.)
But Howard says "everyone should be very patient" when it comes to seeing more of Starfield. While it's the next big project on Bethesda's docket, there's also a looming Elder Scrolls game, announced at last year's E3.
On the note of Elder Scrolls 6, Howard says again, "I think everyone should be very patient." He commented on Skyrim's legacy, saying that despite it being a joke online, it's released on many systems since its original launch date and become a hit on all of them.
"It lets us know, going into Elder Scrolls 6," says Howard. "This is a game we need to design [that] people will play for a decade at least. At least."
In terms of the gap between Skyrim and the sixth Elder Scrolls, that leaves a significant amount of time between entries. Howard seems to feel this isn't a bad thing, however.
"I think it's good to miss things, you know what I mean," says Howard. "I think that makes people come to it with really, really fresh eyes. And I think when they eventually see the game and what we have in mind, they'll understand the gap more in terms of technology and what we wanted to do."
The delay is necessary because, as Howard says, the studio feels the time for Starfield is now, for his team and for the prospective audience. "You have this Starfield game in your head," says Howard. "You start to say, when? It could be never, you could say never. But we're creatives. It's like, we have to make this game, this is the time. So Elder Scrolls 6 is gonna have to wait a little bit."
No release date has been set for either game. Update: While Fallout 4 was revealed at E3 2015 and released in November of the same year, neither game will be making this E3, at least according to a statement back in March. Whatever the case, it sounds like with Starfield, Bethesda is cooking up something in its own right. Howard refers to it in the interview as another franchise, separate from Fallout and The Elder Scrolls.
Be sure to check out Bethesda's E3 2019 press conference anyways for more news. Keep up to date with all the news, dates, and times with our handy E3 2019 guide.