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Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield News: Bethesda boss keen to avoid Fallout 76 comparisons (Pic: BETHESDA)

Bethesda Game Studio's might be having a slightly rough time of it currently with the lukewarm reception for Fallout 76, however, the future very much looks bright for the BGS team.

That's because even now fans are already obsessing about the companies next releases, namely, Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6. Both games which have been asked about and scrutinised for years, well before their official announcements earlier this year at E3 2018.

But Bethesda has been fairly upfront with their explanations for why they chose to announce the games so early.

However, for those who might have missed those comments previously, Bethesdas SVP of marketing Pete Hines has once again reiterated the companies stance in an interview with Stevivor.

There's also one reference to Fallout 76 which feels quite telling, and perhaps suggests that these future titles will not lean heavily into the multiplayer genre like 76.

“Some of it is the elephant in the room,” Hines said. “Starfield was a trademark we filed forever ago, and people were constantly asking about it. For TES 6 people were constantly asking about that too.

“Some of it is the elephant in the room,” Hines said. “Starfield was a trademark we filed forever ago, and people were constantly asking about it. For TES 6 people were constantly asking about that too.

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“It gets in front of a lot of the questions that we knew people were going to ask, and that allowed us to set a road map for where that studio is headed”

Pete Hines

"If you combine those two things with Fallout 76 where what were doing is a very different game for that studio, and a departure for what they have done and are known for.

“I think it was in a large part due to the fact that we wanted to be transparent and say, Look this is not only ever what the studio is going to do, this is something different and scary for us and its probably going to be a little scary for you, but it is something that we really want to try.

"And the next thing that we are doing is a new IP and a single player game.'”

“We didnt want people to spin this as, Oh, Bethesda Game Studios is now only doing online stuff,'” he continued.

“So to sort of set the expectations for, Look the next thing that were doing is this, then after that we are doing TES 6′, it defuses a lot of the hysteria around what we are working on.

It gets in front of a lot of the questions that we knew people were going to ask, and that allowed us to set a road map for where that studio is headed.”

(Pic: BETHESDA)

All positive steps for the company to take we're sure everyone would agree. But the obvious flipside to announcing these games so soon is that now, there is an extraordinary wait for them to arrive.

Most likely for next-gen consoles – the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett – both of which are likely coming 2020 at the very earliest.

So while Bethesda and Pete Hines is keen to stay transparent, they also want to ensure people know these games are still ears away.

That said, Hines has also been noted as saying that with both upcoming RPGs, Bethesda Games Studios are “going to make some stuff youre really going to love.”

Keep reading for a few more quotes from Hines during his interview with GameSpot at PAX Australia some weeks back.

“[The Elder Scrolls VI] is big and its ambitious, but also … the most important thing to underscore is that the timeline between products that you get from BGS is not any different than it has been historically just because weve talked about two games after Fallout 76,” Hines said in the interview.

“I try really hard to manage peoples expectations. Its not like Fallout 76 this year, Starfield next year, and then The Elder Scrolls VI the year after. The timeline isnt any different. Whats different is just trying to be transparent and say, Dont freak out, the next thing were doing is single-player [in Starfield], [and] we are making The Elder Scrolls VI.”

“Would it have been better if it was some years from now and we just go, Surprise, were making a game called Starfield, and its out X months later? Yeah. For sure.

"But at the same time, there is also value in every day between there people arent freaking out about us making Fallout 76 as an online-only game as a service and this is all theyre ever making.

“Take a deep breath; youre going to be OK. Were going to make some stuff youre really going to love.”

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