After completing the maxi acquisition of the Bethesda group , the Redmond house has hinted several times that from now on the projects of all its developers will be released exclusively on Xbox and PC, with an eye especially to the service in Game Pass subscription: the attraction of titles such as The Elder Scrolls 6 available for free is in fact very high.
Microsoft’s was a deliberate investment to significantly strengthen its line-up with top-level projects such as Starfield and, later, also the aforementioned The Elder Scrolls 6 , the new chapter in the RPG saga and successor to the beloved Skyrim ( you can find it on Game Pass, available at a discount on Amazon ).
Many have wondered whether the acquisition of Bethesda would have led to the exclusivity of the sixth chapter of the saga : a topic that has never been fully clarified, even if Phil Spencer had already hinted at this possibility .
Further confirmation would have come directly from Microsoft itself as part of a long response to the CMA , the antitrust body that is currently evaluating another acquisition of decidedly more imposing dimensions: the now well-known maxi market operation of Activision Blizzard (via PlayStation Life Style ).
The Redmond house has in fact taken stock of the situation by making comparisons with the previous Bethesda operation, underlining that the already announced exclusivity of Starfield has much more attraction than “snatching” IP from the competition , as it is a new unpublished franchise .
Yet, the same reasoning has also been applied to what appears to be the exclusivity of The Elder Scrolls VI : Microsoft points out that a new chapter in the saga has not yet been released since 2011 , or since Skyrim was launched on the market. Consequently, bringing the sixth chapter only to Xbox consoles would not ” do any harm ” to PlayStation.
A point of view explained to defend, as is now known, the possible entry of Call of Duty into the Xbox Game Studios ecosystem: Microsoft underlines that in the case of the shooter saga, snatching it from Sony would be counterproductive , given that its success is also given by the regularity with which the IP also comes out on opposing platforms.
Different speech that is instead applied to Bethesda games, which come out so occasionally that they cannot be defined, according to Microsoft’s defense, as decisive for Sony. Which suggests even more strongly that The Elder Scrolls 6 seems destined to remain an Xbox exclusive , barring sudden changes of mind.
In any case, fans will have to wait before seeing this big title in action: Bethesda will only release it after another big one is available .