Several years back, Elder Scrolls fans received a confirmation about the fact that The Elder Scrolls 6 is being developed.
During E3 2018, Todd Howard from Bethesda confirmed that the fantasy series is planning to launch a new entry. He also forewarned fans by stating that it will take a lot of time for it to happen. Fans had imagined the launch to be 2-3 years away but now, the way things are moving, one expects The Elder Scrolls 6 to release after 6 long years.
When you talk about The Elder Scrolls, you can’t help but mention Skyrim, a game from the franchise which provided a major boost to the fantasy RPG genre. Bethesda successfully managed to put together a game that received commercial success and critical acclaim in equal measures. Ever since it was launched, the game has been updated and re-released multiple times. One of the best things to have come out of Skyrim was the Thu’um, also referred to as Shouts. Ironically, The Elder Scrolls 6 is facing issues because of Shouts.
Shouts being added to Skyrim was seen as a major event back in the day. Though magic was always an integral element the franchise, Shouts offered certain character archetypes that enabled players to use the kind of magical powers that they had never witnessed in the game earlier. For instance, when a warrior faces some difficulty with fire spell during the gameplay, they would take the help of Shouts to breathe fire in a powerful manner.
Shouts had become such an important part of The Elder Scrolls franchise that it had become nearly impossible to imagine any of the games in the series without them. For several reasons, the team I finding it difficult to figure out a way to incorporate Shouts in The Elder Scrolls 6. Dragonborn happens to be the only character who possesses the capability to learn how to use Shouts by gulping down dragons’ souls. The gameplay would be greatly affected when such an interesting power is not incorporated in it.
While not letting Shouts be a part of The Elder Scrolls 6 seems to be a practical solution for the developing team, there have been several instances in the past when they have considered the pleas or preferences of the fans. If Bethesda decides to make Shouts a part of The Elder Scrolls 6, it will have to get its team of writers towards formulating a plan that serves the game well.