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It has been years now since we’ve seen a new instalment to the Elder Scrolls series, with the exception of The Elder Scrolls Online, but that doesn’t count because it’s not meant to be a single-player experience. The last single-player game in the series was Skyrim, a game numerous amounts of people have enjoyed over the years, thanks to both DLC and some incredibly well done mods. But, with Skyrim being such a success for Bethesda, it begs the question; will The Elder Scrolls 6 be Skyrim 2?

Arguments for this rumour do have some place in that argument, due to the knowledge that Skyrim was so well received amongst gamers nearly 5 years ago. Even to this day, the game is still having mods developed for it and players enjoying the vast, open areas of Skyrim. Considering how well Skyrim did as a commercial success, you would be well within your right to assume that Bethesda would make Skyrim 2.

For any people out there who were holding out hope for Skyrim 2, I’m sorry for answering this question, though: will TES 6 be Skyrim 2? No, it won’t be.

There are a number of reasons for this, with the main one being, it just isn’t how Bethesda works with The Elder Scrolls series. Elder Scrolls is a franchise that takes place in a new location with every new game, with no previous iteration breaking this rule. If they did go ahead and make Skyrim 2, it would have to take place in Skyrim again, an area players have already visited in the original. That would lead to less work being done on the game and leading people to believe that it would be out much sooner.

As previously stated by Vice President of Bethesda, Pete Hines, “With another publisher in charge, they’d be spitting out Skyrim 2 the year after or two years later. That’s just not how we view it.” Bethesda simply does not like putting out games at a rate such as that, a sign that shows that Skyrim 2 isn’t on the cards.

In all that development time, I find it hard to believe that everyone behind the game would simply work on an area that has already been brought to light in this form. That, right there, is the reason I don’t believe The Elder Scrolls 6 will be Skyrim 2.