Elders Scrolls VI is so secret, Todd Howard won’t even tell his son about it

Elders Scrolls VI is so secret, Todd Howard won’t even tell his son about it

If you were hoping that Todd Howard might be willing to let something slip about The Elder Scrolls VI soon, it’s still looking unlikely. Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard won’t even reveal anything to his son about it.

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Could the Elder Scrolls VI be set in Valenwood? Yeah, maybe. Or Argonia, or Hammerfell, or on the Summerset Isles. Don’t ask Todd Howard’s son. He’s as clueless as we are.

Dad is keeping mum with his son about Elder Scrolls VI

Howard, who directed The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4, talked about needing to keep secrets from his son in a recent episode of the Game Maker’s Notebook podcast.

“[My youngest] was like, ‘Okay, when is Elder Scrolls VI coming?’” “And I’m like, ‘Uhh, I’m not gonna talk about that right now either.’ He’s like, ‘Can I give you my ideas? Can I work on it? Come on, tell me a few things, I’m not gonna tell anybody.’ “I’m like, ‘Well, you might, so I’m not gonna say anything.’”

The Game Maker’s Notebook is hosted by Insomniac Games boss Ted Price. It launched last year and features lots of game-related interviews. Here’s an extract from the interview with Todd Howard.

Todd Howard: My youngest, I got him a Switch, and he really got into Zelda. And he hadn’t traditionally played those games, and he was too young to play Skyrim when it came out. Then when Skyrim came out on Switch, I said, ‘Well you’ve played a lot of Zelda, I think you might like Skyrim.” And I want to do it as the father, like ‘Please, play this game, and see if you like it.’ And the short story is: he got obsessed with it

Ted Price: Oh, that’s great.

Howard: It was great for a while, and then he got, like every dinner conversation, ‘Dad what’s with the Thalmor? Do you believe in Talos? Is he a god in this? What is this? What are your favorite Daedra? Why do they want to do this? What are your weapons? Where did Tiber Septim come from?’ He knows, and I forget a lot about it.

The other week, I was like, ‘I’m done talking about this, I don’t want to talk about this. I get this enough at work. Let’s talk about something else.’ And he got really upset, and then he went through all the cycles. So I got to experience it firsthand every day. He played on the Switch, then he went to the Xbox One version, and then he discovered mods. So he follows all these YouTubers who talk about Skyrim mods, a lot of old videos, but some of them new. Then he’s downloading all these mods and showing them to me, what all the creators have done in the game. Seeing it again through that filter was really special actually, it was really great.

Price: That’s one of the reasons we make games, right? Is to influence people to that degree, so they can become inspired, perhaps. Does your son talk to you about making the games?

Howard: He does, then he’s like, ‘Okay, when is Elder Scrolls VI coming?’ And I’m like, ‘Uhh, I’m not gonna talk about that right now either.’ He’s like, ‘Can I give you my ideas? Can I work on it? Come on, tell me a few things, I’m not gonna tell anybody.’ I’m like, ‘Well, you might, so I’m not gonna say anything.’ But it’s great — I think a lot of kids want to get into video games. If you’re a creator, I kinda want my own sons to find their own way as opposed to, ‘Yes you should absolutely make games.’

You can listen to the full episode here.

Want more Elder Scrolls news? If so, you could read The Elder Scrolls Online 2018 plans. Or you could read Elder Scrolls Online player who hoarded 40k lockpicks rewarded.

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3 comments on “Elders Scrolls VI is so secret, Todd Howard won’t even tell his son about it”

  1. Avatar EldritchImagination says:

    That poor poor boy.

  2. Avatar Caradox says:

    Yeah, I feel sorry for him, EldritchImagination. Still, it could be worse. Somewhere out there, there’s a young adult whose dad still hasn’t made Half-Life 3.

  3. Avatar Lich180 says:

    Ouch.

    I still don’t expect to see anything relating to Elder Scrolls outside the MMO for a while.


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