One of the biggest gambles in gaming is announcing games too early. Square Enix has found this the hard way with both Final Fantasy Versus XIII (FFXV) and Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Bethesda on the other hand says it announced The Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield early to avoid fan disappointment.
During an interview with Eurogamer, Bethesda’s Todd Howard revealed that announcing the games early was to make sure fans knew of their existence. He said: “It’s better to say we’re making it. It makes life a little bit easier for us. [If we didn’t say anything] they would be disappointed and they’d still ask ‘What about Starfield?’ and ‘What about Elder Scrolls 6?’. But it’s also exciting! We’re excited; we want to share it with everybody.”
This is a smart move, although risky because fans are going to keep wanting to ask more news on the upcoming games. Bethesda will have to plan future announcements carefully to avoid fans getting disappointed with the lack of news.
Anyway, we won’t be seeing The Elder Scrolls VI or Starfield for a very long time. Bethesda will be concentrating on other games such as Fallout 76 in the meantime.