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The Elder Scrolls 6 announcement trailer is six years old this week

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The last week has been dominated by Steam Next Fest and the news out of Summer Game Fest, but there’s one important anniversary that you may have overlooked. Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls 6 announcement trailer is six years old this week, June 11th to be precise. So it wouldn’t be fair to let that momentous event go unrecognised.

We’re being a little facetious, but it’s still astonishing that six years later this trailer is the only thing we’ve seen of The Elder Scrolls 6. The trailer itself does what it says on the tin, it announces the game. But, in the years since, there have been no further teasers, no screenshots, no confirmation of where the game will take place.

Granted, there have been games that have been in development for longer. Dead Island 2, for example, was announced in 2011 and only released last year. But, while its development difficulties have been well documented, we got something to tide us over.

It’s a cautionary tale about how not to get ahead of yourself. We still can’t get our heads around why Bethesda chose to announce it this early, with an essentially empty trailer. No-one ever doubted we were going to get an Elder Scrolls 6, so it’s not as if fans needed reminding.

Maybe Todd Howard, the studio’s executive producer, wanted to confirm there was more in the series’ future than endless Skyrim remasters. But he’s gone on record as saying he regrets the decision (via PCGN). “I probably would’ve announced it more casually,” he said.

Related: These bizarre Skyrim chat-to-NPC Twitch streams just keep getting better

The good news is that Bethesda is absolutely working on it, and internal builds are apparently playable. But it could be another two years, maybe even more, before we get our hands on it. And don’t even get us started on Fallout 5.

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