It’ll still be quite a long while before we can get our hands on The Elder Scrolls 6, but according to what Bethesda’s director Todd Howard said in a recent interview with IGN, when the new game does arrive, it’ll stick around for at least a decade.

When asked about the long gap between Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls 6, which is already almost a decade, the director first pointed out that players still have access to high-quality Elder Scrolls content in the form of The Elder Scrolls Online before saying that this gap a good thing because it “makes people come to it with really fresh eyes.”

The full interview with Todd Howard

“I think when they eventually see the game and what we have in mind, they'll understand the gap more in terms of technology and what we want it to do,” he said.

"The one thing [the gap] does is people are still playing Skyrim, it's still one of the best-selling games. I know people joke about it online, but it's one of the best-selling games on Switch. Anything we put it out on, it becomes a hit game. And they love it, they still play it, it's almost infinitely playable, all of the mods and everything like that. And we're 8 years post-Skyrim. It lets us know going into Elder Scrolls 6 that this is a game we need to design for people to play for a decade at least."

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If The Elder Scrolls 6 can do what its predecessor did, it'll probably stick around just as long

And Howard is right. Even though Skyrim is already 8 years old, it still has a massively dedicated community. People are still buying it across many different platforms, and modders are still pushing out tons of quality content every day. If The Elder Scrolls 6 can follow the footsteps of its predecessor, it’s not unreasonable to think that it’ll stick around for just as long.