The FTC vs Microsoft trial is still ongoing in the company’s efforts to acquire Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard. Recently appearing in court, several Microsoft and Xbox executives have provided insight into potential upcoming exclusives and non-exclusives including confirmation that MachineGames’ Indiana Jones game will be exclusive to Xbox and PC. However, the topic of The Elder Scrolls 6 was also brought up during the trial and it seems like it’s still over five years away from release.
While on the stand, Xbox boss Phil Spencer was asked whether or not The Elder Scrolls 6 would also be exclusive just like Bethesda’s next sci-fi RPG, Starfield. Spencer didn’t give a straight yes or no, stating that the exclusivity of The Elder Scrolls 6 is difficult to nail down right now. “I think we’ve been a little unclear on what platforms it’s launching on, given how far out the game is. It’s difficult for us right now to nail down,” said Spencer. “It’s so far out it’s hard to understand what the platforms will even be at this point.”
Spencer added that The Elder Scrolls 6 is at least over five years away from release, as reported by Axios journalist Stephen Totilo. According to TheGamer, Spencer also confirmed that The Elder Scrolls 6 will be developed by the same team that’s currently finishing Starfield. It’s unclear if the development of potential DLC for Starfield will impact The Elder Scrolls 6‘s release either.
Spencer said that the decision to put its first-party games on other platforms is a “case-by-case” basis as Xbox and PC come first, then additional platforms are decided afterwards.
Fans have been voicing their concerns with this response. Some state that Microsoft have already decided that The Elder Scrolls 6 will be exclusive to Xbox and PC but are being vague about its current status, while others believe that there’s still a good chance the tides can shift and the anticipated RPG will actually see a release on PlayStation.
The Elder Scrolls 6 was announced in 2018.
Source: Stephen Totilo