When Bethesda released Oblivion it was pretty amazing, more polished than Morrowind with better graphics and easier to use systems that played well on the fancy new HD consoles, it was obviously better, despite some of the jank.
When they put out Skyrim it was also amazing, not quite the jump from Morrowind to Oblivion but it looked better, performed better, characters were less weird, remember Skyrim originally released for PS3/360 but it still impressed when compared with Oblivion, still plenty of jank though.
So, there's been an entire console generation since Skyrim, what are our expectations?
Games like The Last of Us 2, Red Dead 2 and God of War (and others) show us open worlds with insane fidelity, near flawless character animation and performance capture, Elder Scrolls already had huge budgets but 6 and Starfield are now first party titles for Microsoft, are we expecting Sony levels of polish on a scale never before seen? Would Elder Scrolls lose some of its charm if it didn't have stiff characters and mammoths blasting off into space?
I don't know what to expect, they still seem so far away, and the highest budget games are so expensive looking i feel like people would make fun of any amount of jank.