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New Playable Races The Elder Scrolls 6 Could Introduce

Most titles in The Elder Scrolls series allow players to pick between one of ten playable races at the start of the game. These selections have seen little variation over the years. However,  The Elder Scrolls 6 could change that with new playable races being introduced.

The Elder Scrolls 6 was confirmed to be in development in 2018 when Bethesda released a teaser trailer for the title, but little has been seen of it since then. Seeing as the studio has since been prioritizing the development of Starfield, a space-based RPG, it's likely that progress on TES6 has been slow. However, now that Starfield has been given a 2022 release date, the development of the next Elder Scrolls title could finally pick up again.

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The ten playable races typically featured in The Elder Scrolls are the Altmer, Argonians, Bosmer, Bretons, Dunmer, Imperials, Khajiit, Nords, Orsimer and Redguards. There are various other races to be found across Tamriel, though, some of which are just featured in the lore of the franchise but others of which have physically appeared in previous Elder Scrolls games. With the eventual release of Elder Scrolls 6, a few of these races might be added as new playable character options.

Maormer can be found in the MMO, The Elder Scrolls Online, and inhabit a series of islands south of the Summerset Isles. They've yet to appear in any other game of the series, and little is known about the cause of their apparent disappearance, leaving their current status up in the air. Given their presence in Elder Scrolls Online, it seems likely that the Maormer will be brought up again at some point within the franchise - which raises the question of whether they could feature in Elder Scrolls 6 as a playable race.

The Snow Elves, better known as the Falmer in Skyrim, were almost eradicated early on in Tamriel's history. Persistent poisoning from the Dwemer turned the majority of the Falmer - those who remained following the wars over the settlement of Tamriel, at least - into blinded, cave-dwelling creatures with little semblance of their former selves. A few true Snow Elves still exist and can even be encountered in Skyrim, however, meaning that they could have the potential to return as a playable race.

The Reachmen are a race of humans that can be found in the western areas of Skyrim, though they're originally thought to have come from the High Rock location, one of the possible settings of The Elder Scrolls 6. In Skyrim, the Reachmen are typically known as the Forsworn and begrudge the Nords, as they consider themselves the true owners of the Reach and surrounding land. Seeing as there are several other human races available to play as in The Elder Scrolls series, it seems safe to assume that it's possible more - such as the Reachmen - could be added in The Elder Scrolls 6.

The Dwemer are a dwarven race in Elder Scrolls whose ruins and artifacts can be found all throughout Skyrim, but at the current point in the timeline, they're presumed to be almost entirely extinct. Similarly to the case of the Snow Elves, however, players in Morrowind can meet one of the last living Dwemer - which raises the possibility that they could either return or that there's simply other remaining members of the race located elsewhere. Because of this, there's the small potential that The Elder Scrolls 6 could allow the Dwemer to feature as a playable character option, turning one of the franchise's most elusive races into the protagonist of the story.

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