Bethesda at E3: Elder Scrolls VI, Starfield confirmed for “next generation”

Enlarge / Bethesda’s logo as carried by the publisher’s growing roster of mascots. New this year: Rage 2’s punk rocker! (credit: Sam Machkovech)

LOS ANGELES—Video game publisher Bethesda hosted a rollicking pre-E3 press conference on Sunday evening with a number of game reveals from existing franchises like Doom, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, and Rage. But the publisher’s most tantalizing reveals were also its shortest ones: long-rumored game series Starfield. and the first mainline Elder Scrolls entry since 2011.

Bethesda director Todd Howard closed the conference with Bethesda’s two-part tease of future games. The first, Starfield, was described as “a brand-new, next-generation, single-player game. This one is in an all-new epic franchise. Our first wholly original franchise in 25 years.”

Starfield‘s reveal trailer began with a cinematic look at a planet’s edge in space, followed by a floating satellite in its vicinity that is abruptly ripped through time. No release date was announced. Its description counters the repeated rumor that Starfield might revolve around smartphone play. Instead, Howard’s brief description may point to a wait until successors to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One reach the market.

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