Because Microsoft now controls Bethesda, we expect “Elder Scrolls VI” to be an Xbox exclusive. When Bethesda’s Starfield launches on November 11, 2022, we already know it will be an Xbox exclusive. This was revealed after Pete Hines hinted on Twitter that Starfield would be coming to the PlayStation 5 in the future. “No,” wrote Jeff Grubb in a short post. Also, “Elder Scrolls VI” is set to be an Xbox exclusive.” We’ve known since 2016 that “Elder Scrolls VI” is in development, but that it won’t be released until after Starfield – but will it be an Xbox exclusive?
Microsoft announced a buyout of Zenimax Media (Bethesda) in September 2020, which angered many gamers. This means that Microsoft now owns all of Bethesda’s classic franchises. Quake, Wolfenstein, and The Elder Scrolls, to name a few. Now, Xbox CEO Phil Spencer has stated that future Bethesda titles may be released on other consoles on a “case-by-case basis.” “The Elder Scrolls VI” could be an Xbox exclusive, according to Phil Spencer, who stated this in October 2020.
The next month, we learned that PlayStation’s Jim Ryan didn’t know if Starfield or The “Elder Scrolls VI” would ever be released on the PlayStation 5. Now that the buyout has been finalized, it appears that the Xbox may be a done deal after all. Would the requirement for an Xbox (or possibly a PC) for The “Elder Scrolls VI” move units? It would, without a doubt, according to this writer. That’s how long people have been waiting, and that’s how influential and well-known TES is in the US.
This is notable since it would be the first Elder Scrolls game to be exclusive to Microsoft since The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind. On MS-DOS, Arena and Daggerfall ran, while Morrowind ran on Xbox/Windows. Both Oblivion and Skyrim were multiplatform games, with Skyrim being played on everything from a PlayStation to a Kindle Fire and, most likely, Smart Fridges. If this report is accurate, some major Xbox consoles will be sold. It would be prudent for Microsoft to make an official statement around the holidays. Encourage people to buy Xbox consoles for the holidays in anticipation of “The Elder Scrolls VI”, an Xbox exclusive.