Eleven years to the day. That’s the distance between the release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Bethesda’s upcoming Xbox/PC exclusive Starfield.
That’s a long time, no doubt, but not so terribly long when you consider The Elder Scrolls VI, which doesn’t even have a title, let alone a release date.
It’s conceivable, however, that TESVI will beat Grand Theft Auto VI to market. Rockstar’s next big, open-world crime game isn’t slated until at least 2025. That means a minimum of 12 years will have passed between GTAV and its sequel. A minimum.
It makes me wonder: Do these companies hate money? Not likely. After all, Skyrim and GTAV have both released on something like 1,000 different platforms. Both are massive hits. Grand Theft Auto V is one of the best-selling games of all time, and Skyrim hasn’t had a shabby run either.
Of course, GTAV is in a class of its own with over 145 million copies sold; Skyrim has sold just over 30 million copies, though that figure is somewhat out of date. Clearly Bethesda has some catching-up to do. The Elder Scrolls Online just won’t cut it. In fact, I hope we get something more akin to GTA Online for the next Elder Scrolls game—not a full-blown MMO, but some way to explore the great big open fantastical expanses with friends.
Starfield releases on November 11th, 2022. Skyrim came out on November 11th, 2011.
So that’s three things in common for these two games. They’re both made by Bethesda. They’re both massive open-world RPGs. And they have the same release date—giver or take 11 years.
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A decade from now, perhaps we’ll be talking about Starfield 2’s release date on November 11th, 2033. Half-Life 3 and The Winds Of Winter, meanwhile, will likely come out some time in the 2040s.