The Elder Scrolls VI : Redguard?

It’s still a long, long way off, no doubt, but the next installment of the Elder Scrolls franchise has fans around the world contemplating the possibilities of where the adventure might be set.

What will be the setting for the much-anticipated new Elder Scrolls game? There are enormous parts of Tamriel that have yet to be covered in any installment to date, such as Elsweyr, home of the Khajiit, the Black Marsh, home of the Argonians, and Summerset Isle, home to the dastardly Altmer. However, buzz is indicating at this stage the next version of the hugely popular RPG series is likely to be set in Hammerfell, homeland of the Redguard race.

Why? ZeniMax Media Inc, parent company of developers Bethesda, recently trademarked the name Redguard for a ‘computer game entertainment’ product. Initial speculation suggested this was merely another DLC for Skyrim (although why they’d call it Redguard if it’s set in Skyrim defies logic somewhat) – but this theory has been nipped in the bud with Bethesda revealing they are finished with Skyrim. That’s it, no more DLC’s, expansions or patches. Whilst it’s sad to see that they’ve moved on from Skyrim, particularly since I thought the game had a little bit of life still left in it, it’s now time to ponder where the next sequel could take us as Bethesda are almost certainly moving development resources to this next title.

Redguard has actually been visited before in previous Bethesda games, in particular the 1998 action-adventure entitled The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard, which was not officially part of the Elder Scrolls series as such, but still provided gamers the opportunity to set foot in Hammerfell, even if it wasn’t strictly in RPG form.

Possible storylines are pretty much open to speculation, with it being far too early in the development cycle to warrant detailed analysis, but if the next game is set in Hammerfell possible storylines could include a battle between the Redguards of Hammerfell against the Aldmeri dominion with the Sons of Skyrim coming to their aid, a plausible scenario given that Hammerfell was the only province to succeed in repelling the Aldmeri Dominion.

For the time being, we don’t know much, but until the next Elder Scrolls game is released, probably no earlier than 2015 in time for the first generation of Xbox 720 and PS4 games, fans can whet their appetite by playing any number of the spectacular Skyrim fan-made mods available, such as Frostfall or the Aduras Merchant Mod.

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