At this point in time, what do we know about the next Elder Scrolls game? Well according to a friend of mine, we know, quote, dick, unquote. Todd Howard has gone on record saying that it’s a “long way off”. Bethesda VP Pete Hines reported that he was tired of people inquiring about it and thus followed up with: “It’s not the next thing we’re doing nor the thing we’re even doing after that.” If that’s how it’s gonna be, then i suppose we have no choice but to spend years speculating. The one thing people have speculated about the most, it seems, is where in the world will the game take place?
This is a map of the entire planet, Nirn. All the elder scrolls games have taken place on the continent, Tamriel. It’s that colorful one on the left. But can the next Elder Scrolls game take place on a different continent? Well, some are completely uninhabitable, while others may no longer exist. What about Akavir, that big one to the right? I can kinda see that. If Bethesda wants to make a direct sequel to Skyrim and have no desire to make Skyrim 2, then Akavir could certainly be an idea. It’s known as a home to dragons, and the blades (back then known as the Dragonguard) originally came to Tamriel seeking a dragonborn. But because the Elder Scrolls series has been set in Tamriel since it’s inception, I’m going to assume that the next one will be as well. Maybe Akavir can be used for some kind of spin off, but that’s a different topic for a different day. Let’s take a look at this map of Tamriel.
If we use The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind as our starting point then where haven’t we been yet? Black Marsh, Valenwood, Elsweyr, Hammerfell, High Rock, Summerset Isles, and some might argue Morrowind proper, seeing as we really only got to explore Vvardenfell, and Mournhold if you played the Tribunal expansion. I’ve been seeing “Elder Scrolls 6: Argonia” mock-ups for a while now. I’ve never been able to determine if there was something to back this claim or if it was just wishful thinking. I myself think that, judging by Bethesda’s recent habits, it may be a certain province in the Northwest.
Has anyone ever noticed that High Rock kinda looks like Harry Potter’s scar? It’d be fitting since the inhabitants of High Rock are known to be quite magical. Bretons are the offspring of man and mer, that is to say human and elves. The reason i think Bethesda might be thinking of hopping over into High Rock next, is because of their recent love affair with settlement building.
Before the warp in the west, AKA the miracle of peace, an event that happened at the end of The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall, High Rock was a land of constant conflict. A land separated by like 100 different kingdoms fighting each other. Now in the post miracle of peace Tamriel, High Rock is separated into 3 kingdoms: Daggerfall, Wayrest, and Orsinium. But it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch for Bethesda to come up with a story line that thrusts the land back into a hundred different factions fighting each other, giving them an excuse to add settlement building into it; conquering town and after town until all of High Rock is yours. However, there is another option. Vvardenfell
For those of you who may not know, Vvardenfell is the massive island in Morrowind, and it is a place that we’ve visited before. In Skyrim we’re informed of major events like the red year, a time when dunmer refugees were fleeing Morrowind in droves. A moon crashed into vivec city, red mountain, a volcano, erupted, and they had to fight off an argonian invasion. After all this, Morrowind, especially Vvardenfell wasn’t doing too well, with all the ash, lava, and general chaos.
Now imagine, Bethesda doesn’t mind revisiting a previous setting, red mountain has finished it’s decades long lava orgasm, and it’s starting to show new signs of life. Perhaps house Telvanni is trying to help things along with their magic mushrooms but are too high to notice that they aren’t helping at all.
Point is, the land is becoming habitable again and all those towns and cities that were once there, have been covered in volcanic love. New towns, and new cities will have to be built. In walks the reincarnation of Indoril Nerevar’s secretary of infrastructure, the Buildvarine, back to rid the island of Pothole Ur, his mortal enemy.
But this is all under the assumption that Bethesda is still in the honeymoon phase with the settlement system and hasn’t filed for divorce. Years from now I can look back and either see how wrong I was, or I might be on to something. I’m leaning towards the former.
What do you think? Let the wild and irresponsible speculation dribble out in the comments section.