Bethesda beyond TES VI and Starfield: new projects in the pipeline for the Xbox studio

Bethesda beyond TES VI and Starfield: new projects in the pipeline for the Xbox studio

Bethesda beyond TES VI and Starfield

After the finalized acquisition by Microsoft and the official entry into Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda secretly continues to work on Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI. It seems, however, that the company has some further projects in the pipeline that it has not yet spoken about in public.

Twitter user Timur22, who usually goes to find information about the world of gaming by consulting job profiles of the various industry developers, unearthed the news after taking a look at the Linkedin page of Alexander Alza, Lead Environment Artist at Bethesda Game Studios who claims to be working on projects not yet announced.

Someone, among the comments of the post published on Twitter, has understandably hypothesized that the titles in question are of lesser scope and perhaps intended for the mobile market, considering that the software house is already committed to the aforementioned Starfield and TES VI. However, it was Timur himself22 who ruled out this possibility, declaring that - according to what one of his sources reported - it is instead something far more ambitious. These are statements that we cannot currently verify, and which we therefore recommend that you take with a grain of salt, waiting for Bethesda herself to reveal her plans for the future, perhaps during the course of the summer event she is organizing with the Microsoft Xbox top management.

In the meantime, indiscreet rumors concerning The Elder Scrolls VI have made their way in these hours: according to what emerged, the new chapter of the famous Bethesda RPG saga will have survival mechanics and a system of unpublished magic, never seen in Skyrim or in any other chapter of the saga.

Bethesda Boss Gives Update On Starfield In Microsoft-Bethesda Briefing

Bethesda Game Studios managing director Ashley Cheng has shared a little bit of information on the development practices behind Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI. We still don't know much about the games, but we do know they'll both fall under the broad 'open-world RPG' umbrella Bethesda is known for.

During the Bethesda-Microsoft briefing, Cheng said the team working on Starfield is uniquely positioned to succeed because the developers themselves have worked together for years on other open-world RPGs in the Elder Scrolls and Fallout franchises.

'Today, the team working on Starfield have all worked on several open-world RPGs together. This shared experience and chemistry doesn't happen overnight. It takes a long time and it's a lot of hard work,' Cheng said.

Cheng didn't mention The Elder Scrolls VI by name, but the game's logo flashed on-screen when Cheng spoke about the upcoming games from Bethesda Game Studios.

'As we work on our next-generation of games, I can think of no better place to be than here at Xbox. No matter how crazy the idea, the team at Xbox always says yes, 'Let's try it.''

Release dates for Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI have not been announced yet, but Starfield will come first, and then The Elder Scrolls VI, according to the current schedule. They are presumably being developed for next-gen hardware and PC.

Also during the event, Cheng said Microsoft has 'always been a great partner' for Bethesda Game Studios, going back to the days of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, which launched as a console exclusive for Xbox.

'Xbox has been a great partner; always ready to help solve problems, like figuring out how to optimize performance and push the hardware as much as we can,' Cheng said.

The roundtable interview between Microsoft and Bethesda also offered some new insight on future games from Bethesda. Xbox boss Phil Spencer said games will release on any platform that has Xbox Game Pass, which cuts out PlayStation and other competing consoles, though arrangements that are already in place will remain intact, so Deathloop will still be a timed console exclusive on PS5. It will likely come to other platforms after a year.

We also learned that a whopping 20 back-catalog Bethesda games are headed to Game Pass today March 12, including Skyrim and many others.

Finally, Microsoft and Bethesda said they will have major updates to share on their future pipelines during an event sometime in the summer.

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