Elder Scrolls Vi: Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard has yet to be approved by the courts, but the necessary legal proceedings are still ongoing. In response to the statement made by the UK market regulator regarding the acquisition, the publisher argues that it is more profitable to create a “mid-sized” game like the upcoming Elder Scrolls VI exclusive and that the profits from Call of Duty on PlayStation are too high to consider moving the franchise to another platform.
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has all but confirmed that The Elder Scrolls VI will be an Xbox console exclusive. https://t.co/C41PQrUzQ9 pic.twitter.com/lJvF0idvrH
— IGN (@IGN) November 15, 2021
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Yes, Microsoft is once again attempting to justify the insignificance of games that sell millions of copies. Really. Do not worry about upcoming games like The Elder Scrolls VI or Starfield as Microsoft tries to force this $70 billion deal through regulatory agencies around the world.
Games published by ZeniMax and Bethesda before the acquisition can still be found in the PlayStation Store as of this writing. In the past, Sony and ZeniMax had discussed bringing Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo to the PlayStation.
It’s official. After Starfield, Bethesda is releasing The Elder Scrolls VI, and it will be exclusive to Xbox and PC. pic.twitter.com/EpwIFEWDiZ
— GameSpot (@GameSpot) November 15, 2021
The future of unreleased games is, however, still up in the air. Both Redfall and Starfield, scheduled for release in 2023, will be Xbox and PC exclusives. This begs the question, how does Xbox choose which games to port over to PlayStation? Microsoft has thoughtfully supplied the following chart.
To begin, there is a lower chance of platform exclusivity for games that support cross-play. Following that, Microsoft classified games as either “niche,” “new IP,” or “mass market” depending on their target demographic. According to industry experts, new intellectual properties (IPs) with uncertain audiences will have the most console exclusivity value.
I get that Starfield is a new intellectual property, but Microsoft’s claim that the fanbase is “dedicated” rather than the mainstream is a bit dishonest. Or that despite having 13 million players, Fallout 76 is a niche game.
The publisher has, of course, made these fantastic claims before. It challenged, two months ago, the idea that Call of Duty is a necessary gaming series. Now it’s coming clean that Call of Duty doesn’t have a player base on par with its other AAA titles.
No. And also Elder Scrolls 6 is planned as Xbox exclusive as well. https://t.co/K4VCC5DrXL
— Grubb (@JeffGrubb) August 30, 2021
It appears that Microsoft is contending that Sony would not be seriously harmed if Elder Scrolls VI were an Xbox and PC exclusive. This strongly hints that the future game will not be coming out for PlayStation.
They argue that Elder Scrolls isn’t as popular as Minecraft or Call of Duty, two games that will continue to be available on the PlayStation, by burying a comment about it in a section on “mid-sized games.”
Hoping you can stay warm and cozy this holiday season! ❄️ pic.twitter.com/MhCpLUod8G
— The Elder Scrolls (@ElderScrolls) November 24, 2022
To further disprove concerns that it would be “disenfranchising” PlayStation players by not publishing it on the console, the corporation notes that the last Elder Scrolls game was released in 2011.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will Elder Scrolls 6 Be a Microsoft Exclusive?
The Elder Scrolls 6, according to Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, will be a console and PC exclusive.
Is Elder Scrolls 6 Confirmed?
It won’t come out until well until 2023, when Bethesda’s next big project, Starfield, is set to debut. As a result, The Elder Scrolls 6’s release date is expected to be in the middle of the 2020s, and full development won’t begin until that project is complete.
Will Eso 6 Be Xbox Exclusive?
The upcoming Elder Scrolls 6 will only be available on Xbox One, but PS5 owners need not fret thanks to the quality of Bethesda’s recent RPGs and the system’s strong first-party lineup. The Elder Scrolls 6 will only be available on Xbox One and PC, but this is no knock against Sony’s console.
Will Elder Scrolls 6 Eventually Come to Ps5?
Although The Elder Scrolls VI will not be released on the PlayStation 5, this decision was not made in an effort to “punish other platforms.” Microsoft has acquired Bethesda, its library, and all future development.
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