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Like with Grand Theft Auto 6, debates about The Elder Scrolls 6’s potential settings tend to focus on where it will take place. Argonia? Elsweyr? The theories are numerous and varied.

But one question that rarely comes up is when will the game take place?

Most people expect it will be set sometime after Skyrim, but that’s not a guarantee. Even if it is, the two games might not be anywhere close to each other in the timeline. Let’s take a look.

The Elder Scrolls: Timeline of the Main Games

The timeline of the Elder Scrolls is split into four Eras, written as 1E, 2E, 3E, and 4E.

Arena, the first game in the series, takes place between 3E 389 and 3E 399. Daggerfall is set only a few years later, in 3E 405. There’s a slightly longer jump to Morrowind, which is set in 3E 427. Then there is another short jump to Oblivion, which occurs in 3E 433.

However, Skyrim rocketed forward through the timeline into another Era. The fifth Elder Scrolls game takes place in 4E 201. This makes Skyrim the furthest point in the timeline by a huge margin.

On the other side of things, the MMORPG, The Elder Scrolls Online, is set all the way back in 2E 582. This makes it the earliest game chronologically (although the action-adventure spin-off The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard is also set in the same era, in 2E 864).

The important thing to take away from this is that while the majority of the games take place in the Third Era, across a relatively small span of time, Skyrim broke the trend with a new time period. And while all of the main-series games go in chronological order, The Elder Scrolls Online is a distant prequel.

This opens up new possibilities for The Elder Scrolls 6. It doesn’t have to be shortly after Skyrim in the timeline. Instead, it could be set even further in the future… or travel back to the past. And its place in the timeline could have a dramatic effect on what sort of world it presents players with.

When do you want the next game in the Elder Scrolls series to be set?