Todd Howard from Bethesda Game Studios announced that he wants to turn The Elder Scrolls VI into a game-as-a-service.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released back in 2011 and quickly gained cult status. Gamers got a vast virtual world to explore without additional loading screens. With the release of extensive expansions, the game world expanded even more, while enthusiasts continued to discover secrets and Easter eggs for many years after its official launch. Checking popular modding portals confirms that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim remains the most popular game among enthusiasts for many years. There are countless custom weapons, armor sets, and accessories available. Texture replacements for main characters and improved graphics are also options. Listing modifications could take a while, as ambitious projects have expanded the game universe with new quests, characters, and even territories. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will continue to captivate gamers for a long time, even as the release of its successor is delayed.

Bethesda officially announced The Elder Scrolls VI six years ago, but details about the project remain scarce. Recently, Todd Howard, executive producer at Bethesda Game Studios, made an unexpected statement. According to Howard, the new game will differ from what fans of the popular RPG are accustomed to. Todd preferred not to elaborate on the details but hinted at personal preferences. It turns out, Howard believes it would be beneficial if The Elder Scrolls VI became a game-as-a-service. The executive producer sees numerous advantages in this approach, as he explained to blogger MrMattyPlays. According to Todd, gamers will be pleased primarily because the specific nature of game-as-a-service titles allows developers to continually add new content, maintaining high community interest. Furthermore, the game can evolve continuously, bringing expansions to the virtual world and improved graphics. Fallout 76 is cited as a bright example of this approach. Unfortunately, Mr. Howard forgets to clarify that the project was initially unsuccessful for a long time. There was a moment when the studio even considered removing the burden of Fallout 76, but ultimately made some concessions to gamers. Even today, the game cannot be considered successful, let alone maintaining any game for several years after release.

Add-ons can be paid or free, but attempting to force gamers to pay a fixed monthly fee will undoubtedly lead to a negative community response. Fallout 76 was a failure, and it remains unclear whether the bloated budget was recouped in six years. Moreover, the game was released to the detriment of single-player projects, each of which became a hit and brought Bethesda enormous profits. The accolades for the online version of GTA 5 trouble many developers, but no one has managed to turn a single-player RPG into a service for hundreds of thousands or millions of gamers. Starfield is an example, with its development taking too long and the game being lukewarmly received by the community. Many critics note that the vast world is mostly uniform, with too much time spent searching for unique scenarios. Gamers continue to play Starfield, but a subscription-based model is not under consideration. Starfield receives updates, and attempts to turn The Elder Scrolls VI into a subscription game have garnered sharp negative reactions from the community.

Regarding the release date, insider opinions on this matter diverge. Based on hints from Todd Howard, it’s unlikely we’ll see the new project before 2028. Starfield was released in 2023, and Bethesda Game Studios’ executive producer believes it will take at least five years for the developers. The studio is known for its thorough approach to each project, and insiders even believe that we won’t see The Elder Scrolls VI until 2029 or even 2030. The development of the masterpiece is still in its early stages, and the game could disappoint series fans. Ultimately, there may not be any fans left by that point. As mentioned earlier, The Elder Scrolls V was released in 2011, and a hiatus of 17-20 years will not benefit the series. Many who awaited a sequel have grown up, started families, and are too busy with work. In theory, Bethesda Game Studios could sell another game-as-a-service to these individuals, but achieving high popularity will no longer be possible. Below, you can see the official release of The Elder Scrolls VI, which happened more than six years ago.

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