The FTC said Elder Scrolls VI as well as Bethesda’s Starfield and Redfall will be Microsoft exclusives.
We already knew Starfield would be an Xbox and PC exclusive, and while it hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, it looks like the next entry in The Elder Scrolls series will follow the same path. In the FTC’s newly filed complaint blocking the Activision-Blizzard deal from Microsoft, the commission has now also said that The Elder Scrolls VI will be an Xbox and PC exclusive.
We’ve included part of the complaint as the FTC mentioned upcoming Zenimax titles below:
Microsoft’s previous behavior provides a preview of the merged company’s potential plans if
completion of the proposed acquisition, despite any assurances the Company may provide
regarding its plans. In March 2021, ZeniMax Media Inc. was acquired by Microsoft. (“ZeniMax”), and
The parent company of popular game developer and publisher Bethesda Softworks LLC
(“Bethesda”). Microsoft confirmed to the European Commission (“EC”) during its antitrust review of
Buy ZeniMax Microsoft will have no incentive to block ZeniMax titles
of competing keyboards. But shortly after the European Commission canceled the deal, Microsoft announced it was
Taking on several of ZeniMax’s newly acquired titles, including Starfield, Redfall, and
Elder Scrolls VI, a Microsoft exclusive.
According to previous words from Xbox chief Phil Spencer, The Elder Scrolls VI will be a Microsoft exclusive right away. In 2020, Bethesda’s Todd Howard said it would be kind of hard to imagine the game being an Xbox exclusive.
“I agree it’s hard to imagine,” Howard said when asked about Microsoft closing The Elder Scrolls VI on Xbox and PC.
It remains to be seen if The Elder Scrolls VI will end up on PlayStation, but we’d be kind of surprised if it did.
No release date for The Elder Scrolls VI has been revealed – as far as we know, the game won’t be out before 2025-2026.