Like many Elder Scrolls fans, I have always been eager to publish The Elder Scrolls 6 for many years. I like Oblivion, which came out in 2006, and Skyrim, which came out in 2011. There is only five years between these two games, but we are now 11 years away from the gap between TES5 and 6. We still have at least a few years to go. Waiting for more single-player Elder Scrolls is quite painful.
So in the past few years, I was a little annoyed Star field Leading TES6 on Bethesda’s schedule. I am definitely interested in the Bethesda game. It has spaceships and planets instead of horses and cities, but what I want most is more Elder Scrolls.Give us first, I think, and then Then Make your little space game.
But when I saw the Starfield trailer last June, something interesting happened. I suddenly realized: Oh. It’s ok. In fact, I would choose Starfield first. The more I think about it, the more I realize that I am happy to continue waiting for TES6. Even if you wait another five or ten years.
The reason is simple, I want a fresh start. I want to enter a new game world that has nothing to do with the previous six games. I want to read a diary and see a name instead of Google it immediately to see if it is the name of another game that was launched many years ago. I want to see something on the map without having to press the alt-tab key and read a bunch of wiki pages to refresh my memory of what that place is and why it is important. I think I have suffered from a condition called Fictional Legends and Fatigue of History (FLAHF). I want a game to be set up in a brand new place, with a clean slate, where it will not be overwhelmed by a lot of other things that have appeared before.
This is something I have been feeling recently, not just games. I consider myself a fan of “Star Wars”, but when I watch an episode of “The Mandalorian”, I always see the title “You missed the episode of The Mandalorian” a few days later 781 things, you idiot!” video. I’m like, what? What did I miss? The Mandalorian shot some people, and Baby Yoda ate something he shouldn’t eat. Is there more?
What I miss is, oh, the man drinking the purple drink in the bar in that scene? That is Buttso Glarblort!You know Buttso, he appeared in the 1993 Star Wars novel The Heir to the Ewoks and was quoted in the deletion scene of the Clone Wars season 3 episode 4 Also Drinking a purple drink same bar! He is Sith or something! This is a delightful Easter egg that every Star Wars fan will recognize immediately. If you don’t recognize it, you are not a true Star Wars fan.
With these fictional universes spanning ten years, whether it is Marvel, Star Wars or The Elder Scrolls, those of us who have not consumed, digested and remembered the last bit of entertainment in the past 30 years or so, I finally feel a bit like what I love Strangers in the world. Usually when the creators of these universes try to tie everything together, it’s so clumsy and cumbersome, just like when they felt the need to explain—perhaps the dumbest scene ever—Han Solo’s last name was from Where did it come from. Of course, it may be satisfying to find references in games, shows, or movies that only long-term fans will find, but there is still something to be said to relax the shackles of the past and move forward in a whole new way.
I have spent more than 200 hours in Oblivion and Skyrim, but when it comes to the vast knowledge and history of the world, I forget far more than I remember. The idea of stepping into The Elder Scrolls 6 and having to participate again in refresher courses on geography, era, seasons, race and language, and all other content accumulated over the years is exhausting. I am happy to postpone this exhaustion to support Starfield’s new environment. (The new setting will have spaceships and robots and there is no harm.)
I want to start again in a new world, where I know exactly what every other player knows, which is almost ignorant. I’m not saying that if TES6 is unexpectedly released today, I won’t be irritated. I’m pretty sure I will have a bad time, forgetting Starfield is even one thing. (I’m also pretty sure Starfield will fill other Bethesda games with Easter eggs.) But if it means I don’t have to recall all the old knowledge, I am more interested in absorbing new knowledge in the new world. Legends from the old world follow. Come.