Messaging from Microsoft relating to whether or not or not The Elder Scrolls 6 might be skipping a PlayStation launch (at any time when it launches, that’s) has been blended at finest, although given the truth that two main Bethesda releases in Redfall and Starfield have launches as Xbox console exclusives, many have assumed that the fantasy RPG will comply with swimsuit. Extra proof has now emerged to help that notion.
As noticed by Axios journalist Stephen Totilo on Twitter, new paperwork have emerged from Microsoft and the FTC’s current trials, and a response from Microsoft lists The Elder Scrolls 6 as an Xbox and PC title, with an anticipated launch window of 2026 or later. Earlier this yr, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said that the sport was nonetheless a minimum of 5 years away from launch.
In the meantime, it’s emerged from an one other recently-released doc that in September final yr, Microsoft informed the FTC that The Elder Scrolls 6 “could also be launched solely on Xbox and PC”. Earlier within the yr, in an announcement made to the UK’s Competitors and Markets Authority, Sony stated that The Elder Scrolls 6’s PlayStation model had been shelved after Bethesda was acquired by Microsoft.
After all, given the truth that the open world fantasy RPG continues to be a methods off from launch (to say the very least), it’s unlikely that we’ll have a concrete reply on what platforms it will likely be focusing on anytime soon- although based mostly on how Bethesda has operated and approached its massive, new releases post-Microsoft acquisition, it appears protected to imagine that the subsequent recreation within the Elder Scrolls franchise doubtless gained’t be coming to PlayStation.
With Starfield now out, Bethesda Recreation Studios has now began shifting focus to The Elder Scrolls 6, which has lastly exited pre-production and is now in early improvement.
And in one other newly-released doc from the FTC case, here is is Microsoft telling the FTC in Sept 2022 that ESVI “could also be launched solely on Xbox and PC” pic.twitter.com/axaGUwWAW8
— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) September 18, 2023