A newly released court document in the ongoing investigation between the FTC and Microsoft sheds light on the future of the Elder Scrolls franchise. According to the document, Microsoft’s first-party game releases since 2018 will be exclusive to Xbox consoles and PC starting from 2023. It confirms that after Starfield and Redfall, the highly anticipated Elder Scrolls 6 will only be available on Xbox and PC platforms.
The exclusivity of The Elder Scrolls 6 for Xbox was hinted at by Xbox boss Phil Spencer in 2021. He expressed his desire for Xbox to offer unique experiences, stating that exclusivity was not about denying other platforms the opportunity to grow. Rather, it was about bringing the complete package to Xbox players.
This confirmation from the court document suggests that The Elder Scrolls 6 will skip the PlayStation 5 entirely, disappointing fans who have been eagerly awaiting the next installment in the beloved franchise. The Elder Scrolls series has a strong following, and its previous release, Skyrim, became a gaming classic. With exclusivity for The Elder Scrolls 6, Microsoft aims to attract more players to its consoles and solidify its position in the market.
This move towards exclusivity is likely to continue in the future, as Microsoft seeks to leverage its portfolio of franchises to drive console sales. However, further details about Microsoft’s plans for future exclusives have yet to be announced.
Source: The Verge