Like Starfield and Redfall, Elder Scrolls 6 will be exclusive on Xbox according to an insader rumor Jeff Grubb
After Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda, some Sony console gamers were concerned that the developer's upcoming Skyrim and Fallout games would become exclusive to Xbox consoles. And it looks like their concerns were right. According to Jeff Grubb, a well-known video game industry insider, who has said on his Twitter that this will not only happen with the already announced Redfall and Starfield, but that The Elder Scrolls 6 is being planned as an Xbox exclusive.
The revelation came in the form of a response to a Tweet that showed an excerpt from an interview by Pete Hines, Bethesda Softworks' vice president of marketing, who considered that some Bethesda games could still be released for Sony consoles and that “the doors weren't completely closed” for them, but Jeff responded to the tweet with a resounding “no” and added that the next game in the The Elder Scrolls franchise will also be a Microsoft console exclusive.
Bethesda Game Studios boss Todd Howard announced at E3 2016 that The Elder Scrolls VI was in development, but that the game was still years away. At E3 2018, Howard unveiled a brief teaser trailer for the next game from The Elder Scrolls, confirming that it would be released after Starfield.
Why will Elder Scrolls 6 be Xbox exclusive?
A year ago, in September 2020, it was announced that Microsoft would buy ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks (which in turn is the parent company of Bethesda Game Studios), putting Bethesda under the umbrella Xbox. At the time, Xbox head Phil Spencer explained that future Bethesda titles would be released on non-Microsoft consoles and would be thought through "on a case-by-case basis."
The following month, in October 2020, Spencer suggested that The Elder Scrolls VI could be an Xbox exclusive. A month after that, in November, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan admitted he didn't know if Starfield or The Elder Scrolls VI would ever be released on PS5. The acquisition of ZeniMax by Microsoft was completed in March of this year.
While there have been a number of Elder Scrolls spin-offs over the years, the franchise currently consists of five mainline singleplayer games: The Elder Scrolls: Arena (1994), The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall (1996), The Elder Scrolls III : Morrowind (2002), The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006) and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011).
Arena and Daggerfall were released for MS-DOS, while Morrowind was released for the original Xbox and Microsoft Windows. While the Xbox was the only home console Morrowind could be played on, Oblivion and Skyrim were cross-platform, with both titles releasing for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows. Skyrim later moved to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 versions are slated for release later this year to celebrate the game's 10th anniversary.
In other words, if this report is real, The Elder Scrolls VI could very well be Microsoft's first exclusive Elder Scrolls game since Morrowind. Like Starfield, The Elder Scrolls VI will likely be released on Xbox Series X/S and Windows. Considering that the game is not scheduled for release, an Xbox One version seems unlikely.
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