The Elder Scrolls 6 discussions about exclusivity are heating up (again), and this time, a recent comment by Xbox head Phil Spencer all but confirms that Bethesda Game Studios’ highly anticipated RPG will be an Xbox exclusive, putting to rest rumours about timed exclusivity or multi-platform releases.
Speaking to British GQ, Spencer spoke in detail about The Elder Scrolls 6, Starfield and expectations about exclusivity to their platforms. Starfield, for example, will be exclusive to Xbox Series X/S and PC when it launches next November. However, the studio boss reiterated that The Elder Scrolls 6 will likely follow a similar path, meaning it will not launch on PlayStation.
Spencer stated that he wants the Xbox ecosystem to flourish, even if that includes future titles like The Elder Scrolls 6 being exclusive:
“It’s not about punishing any other platform, like I fundamentally believe all of the platforms can continue to grow. But in order to be on Xbox, I want us to be able to bring the full complete package of what we have. And that would be true when I think about Elder Scrolls VI. That would be true when I think about any of our franchises.”
Since Xbox acquired Bethesda (and all of their IPs), fans have been left in the dark regarding Xbox’s stance on whether or not The Elder Scrolls 6 would be coming to PlayStation or not. As far as exclusivity goes, it makes sense for Xbox to want to hold onto something as applauded as The Elder Scrolls series. After all, they also paid a hefty $7.5 billion for the full acquisition. With both Starfield and Arkane’s Redfall already confirmed as Xbox exclusives, it’s no surprise that The Elder Scrolls 6 will be either.
Just recently, Bethesda’s Todd Howard spoke about The Elder Scrolls 6, stating that they want to put all their attention and effort on Starfield first. Development on The Elder Scrolls 6 will likely kick into full gear after Starfield‘s release, and with Bethesda adopting a four-year development cycle on each of their major projects, the next entry in the popular fantasy RPG is seemingly targeting a 2026 release.
The Elder Scrolls 6 is currently in development, and by the sounds of it, for Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Source: British GQ