Where Will The Elder Scrolls VI Take Place?

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In 2011, Bethesda released the fifth game in the Elder Scrolls RPG series. This game, Skyrim, was hugely successful. In 2014, they released an MMORPG in the series, The Elder Scrolls Online, which was later re-released as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited to much acclaim.

We know plans for the future of the series include a collectible card game called The Elder Scrolls: Legends, as it was announced at E3 2015. Legends is due out this year for iOS and PC, although very little information has been released about it.

And, at some point, a new single-player game will be released, although The Elder Scrolls VI has yet to be announced.

Still, fans have had plenty of time to speculate. One of the biggest questions on fans’ minds is where the sixth Elder Scrolls game will take place.

Most of the series is set in a land called Tamriel. It was fully explorable in Arena, Daggerfall focused on the regions of Hammerfell and southern High Rock, Morrowind was set in the province of Morrowind, Oblivion took place in Cyrodill, and Skyrim took place in—surprise—Skyrim, though its add-on returned to Morrowind.

It is likely TES VI will use a new location as its setting, such as Tamriel’s Black Marsh, Elsweyr, or Valenwood. Elsweyr is a popular theory among fans because of the story details it would tie into, as well as the setting’s diverse geography. Many fans are also hoping it takes place in one of the areas where humans aren’t the dominant race. Alternately, the game could leave Tamriel behind.

Although Tamriel has been the central focus of the series so far, its worldbuilding has established several other continents. Atmora, Akavir, and the rest—any of these could be an interesting twist in the series’ usual formula.

Still, there are a few arguments against it. First, it may be in the story’s best interest to leave those continents untouched for now. Akavir, for example, is presented as a mysterious place no one knows much about. If it became the setting for a game, it would lose its mystique, and the writers might prefer to keep it as the distant, unknown land. Second, as mentioned above, there is still a lot of ground to cover in Tamriel. Why move to a whole new continent?

Hopes and theories about, especially since we still lack solid information. Where would you most like to see The Elder Scrolls VI set?

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