Elder Scrolls VI Will Be Planned as an Xbox Exclusive
Microsoft now owns Bethesda, so we imagine this means Elder Scrolls VI will be an Xbox exclusive. We already know that Bethesda’s Starfield will be an Xbox exclusive when it releases on November 11 in 2022. This came to light when a post on Twitter claimed Pete Hines suggested Starfield could head to the PlayStation 5 console in the future. Jeff Grubb made a very simple post of, “No. And also Elder Scrolls VI is planned as Xbox exclusive as well.” We’ve been hearing that Elder Scrolls VI is in the works since 2016 but won’t come out until after Starfield – but will it be an Xbox exclusive?
Is This True?
In September 2020, Microsoft announced a buyout of Zenimax Media (Bethesda), which upset quite a few gamers. This means all of the classic franchises owned by Bethesda are now under Microsoft. Quake, Wolfenstein, and yes, The Elder Scrolls. Now Phil Spencer (Xbox’s boss) points out that later Bethesda games could release other consoles on a “case-by-case basis.” Then in October of 2020, Phil Spencer said that The Elder Scrolls VI could be an Xbox exclusive.
We also heard the next month that Jim Ryan (PlayStation) didn’t know if Starfield or The Elder Scrolls VI would ever hit the PlayStation 5. Now that the buyout has officially happened, it sounds like it may be a done deal for the Xbox after all. Would needing an Xbox console (or perhaps a PC) for The Elder Scrolls VI move units? This writer is 100% sure that it would. That’s how long people have been waiting, and that’s how powerful and popular TES is here in the United States.
This is significant because it would be the first Elder Scrolls game since The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind, Microsoft exclusive. Arena and Daggerfall were on MS-DOS, and Morrowind was on Xbox/Windows. Oblivion and Skyrim were both multiplatform, with Skyrim being playable on everything from a PlayStation, Kindle Fire, and probably even Smart Fridges. If this brief report is true, it’s going to move some serious Xbox consoles. Microsoft would probably be wise to make an official announcement around the holidays. Get people to buy Xbox consoles for the holiday season in anticipation of the Xbox exclusive The Elder Scrolls VI.