Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls franchise is well known for its hardcore fans, many of whom were properly awakened from their slumber with a simple tweet. Or is it?
"Transcribe the past and map the future. Here's to a Happy New Year", Bethesda tweeted just before New Year's, and while there was a slight delay due to celebrations, the comments soon came pouring in.
The map shows Tamriel, home to everything from The Elder Scrolls, and while there's nothing special about that, Bethesda's placement of lights on it apparently has.
Their first light is on the province of Skyrim, easily the most famous location in Tamriel thanks to the timeless RPG's success. The tweet's second light is set on Hammerfell, while the third light is set on a box of some kind, and this is where the mystery comes in.
At the most basic, ahem, mystery-solving level, Skyrim would be the past Bethesda are referring to. Hammerfell would be the present, and it's been strongly suggested this is where The Elder Scrolls VI takes place.
The future, however, seems to be known to Bethesda and Bethesda alone, because we haven't found any theories yet. Okay, we've actually found a ton of theories, just not any that would fit in a way that would make sense at this stage of development.
Basically, what we know for certain at the moment is that The Elder Scrolls VI is still years away from completion, the latter being reiterated by Bethesda several times.
Nevertheless, The Elder Scrolls fans are clearly hungry for something new in the franchise, as they pounced on the chance to untangle a Tamriel mystery. Darn, now we feel like playing.