Microsoft confirms the exclusivity of the upcoming RPG
PlayStation fans who were hoping to play the next installment of the popular Elder Scrolls series will be disappointed to learn that The Elder Scrolls VI will not be coming to their consoles. Microsoft, which acquired Bethesda in 2020, has confirmed that the game will be exclusive to Xbox and PC platforms.
The confirmation came from a document that was released as part of the FTC v. Microsoft case, which is investigating the proposed merger between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. The document, which was produced by Microsoft for the FTC, shows a chart of upcoming Bethesda games and their platforms. The chart clearly indicates that The Elder Scrolls VI has a red X in the “Released on PlayStation?” column.
The document also reveals that The Elder Scrolls VI is not expected to launch until at least 2026, which is consistent with what a Microsoft lawyer said in the court case. This means that fans of the fantasy RPG series will have to wait for a long time before they can explore the new world of Tamriel.
The Elder Scrolls VI: A highly anticipated sequel
The Elder Scrolls VI was first announced at E3 2018, with a teaser trailer that showed a vast landscape and the title logo. Since then, Bethesda has been very quiet about the game, only revealing that it will be set after the events of Starfield, another upcoming sci-fi RPG from the studio.
The Elder Scrolls series is one of the most acclaimed and successful franchises in gaming history, with millions of fans around the world. The series is known for its open-world design, rich lore, and immersive gameplay. The last main entry in the series, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, was released in 2011 and has become a cultural phenomenon, with multiple re-releases, mods, and spin-offs.
The Elder Scrolls VI is expected to be a huge leap forward for the series, with improved graphics, gameplay, and storytelling. The game will also use a new engine, which Bethesda has been developing for years. The game’s setting and plot are still unknown, but fans have speculated that it could take place in Hammerfell, High Rock, or Akavir.
PlayStation users miss out on Bethesda games
The exclusivity of The Elder Scrolls VI is not surprising, given that Microsoft now owns Bethesda and has been making its games available only on its own platforms. The same document that confirmed The Elder Scrolls VI’s exclusivity also showed that other Bethesda games, such as Starfield and Redfall, will not be released on PlayStation either.
This means that PlayStation users will miss out on some of the most anticipated games of the next few years, unless they switch to Xbox or PC. Microsoft has said that it considers exclusives on a “case-by-case basis” and that it “wants to make sure that [its] games are available in so many different places.” However, it seems that PlayStation is not one of those places.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda was a major blow to Sony, which had enjoyed a strong relationship with the studio in the past. Some of Bethesda’s games, such as Fallout 4 and Doom Eternal, were even featured in Sony’s PlayStation showcases. However, with Microsoft’s $7.5 billion deal, Sony lost one of its biggest third-party partners and a huge source of revenue.
What can PlayStation fans do?
PlayStation fans who want to play The Elder Scrolls VI have a few options. They can buy an Xbox or a PC, which would allow them to access not only The Elder Scrolls VI but also other Bethesda games and Xbox Game Pass titles. They can also hope that Microsoft will eventually release some of its games on PlayStation through cloud streaming or other means.
However, these options are not ideal for many PlayStation fans who may not want to invest in another platform or rely on internet connections. They may also feel betrayed by Bethesda and Microsoft for taking away their favorite games from them. Some fans have even expressed their anger and frustration online, calling for boycotts or petitions.
Unfortunately, there is not much that PlayStation fans can do to change Microsoft’s decision. The exclusivity of The Elder Scrolls VI is part of Microsoft’s strategy to compete with Sony and attract more customers to its ecosystem. As long as Microsoft owns Bethesda, it has the right to decide where its games go.