Fans have been wondering if The Elder Scrolls 6 will be an Xbox exclusive ever since Microsoft bought Bethesda in 2020. According to a newly revealed slideshow dedicated to "Microsoft's approach following acquisitions since 2018", it will not launch on PlayStation.
Axios reporter Stephen Totilo tweeted a photo of the slideshow which details several Bethesda games and what Microsoft plans to do with them. There are checks for whether they are existing IP, multiplayer, cross-platform, released on PlayStation, when they will be released, and what platforms they will be available on. The Elder Scrolls 6 has an 'X' under the PlayStation category.
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"Elder Scrolls 6 listed here as Xbox and PC and releasing 2026 or later," Totilo said. "During testimony at the hearing, Xbox's Phil Spencer went on to say the game was at least five years out and platforms were technically to be determined".
The graph has proven accurate so far. In 2023, a year after this slideshow was put together, Starfield and Redfall launched on Xbox and PC, but not PlayStation. While Spencer claims TES 6 is "TBD" and may not follow in these two games' footsteps, in another document from the FTC case, it was revealed that Microsoft also said in September 2022 that The Elder Scrolls 6 "is unlikely to be released for another [redacted], may be released only on Xbox and PC".
The slideshow also includes statements on exclusivity. The Elder Scrolls 6's section reads, "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 6".
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