Starfield is Bethesda’s new hotness, and now that it’s finally out in the wild, it seems safe to finally start expecting news on The Elder Scrolls VI. We now know the game will not be out for two or three more years.
The Persistence of the People The Verge as a part of the ongoing FTC vs. Microsoft case over the latter’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft released a document to the court featuring a chart illustrating its approach to releasing Bethesda games since purchasing the publisher. It lists each title released under the Microsoft banner with details such as its release window and targeted platforms.
The Elder Scrolls VI’s section confirms two big things. One, it’s definitely not coming to PlayStation (which we already assumed based on previous statements from Xbox head Phil Spencer) and is listed as launching for Xbox and PC. The game will be released “by 2026 or later.”
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But according to Axios’ Stephen Totilo, Spencer stated during his testimony that TES VI was at least five years out and that platforms were “technically TBD.”
Microsoft’s answers in the FTC/Microsoft case. Elder Scrolls VI is listed as Xbox, PC, and 2026 release date.
In testimony during the hearing, Xbox’s Phil Spencer said the game would be out at least in five years and that the platforms are technically still TBD. pic.twitter.com/Kto9bE5U8C
— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) September 18, 2023
First revealed at E3 2018, The Elder Scrolls VI is a new game. It was announced in 2012, but the game hadn’t yet been produced. Since then, there haven’t been any details released. Todd Howard from Bethesda Studios provided an updated in 2021. The Telegraph by stating the game was still in the design phase and that it chose to announce it early to assuage concerns that the studio was abandoning single-player experiences in the wake of Fallout 76 and EA’s push for live-service games at the time.
Although it’s best to avoid expecting any major news about The Elder Scrolls VI for the near future it can be helpful (or depressing) to understand when it will become a priority. Here’s our Starfield review. Todd Howard stated that Fallout 5 would be coming out after Elder Scrolls VI.
[Source: The Verge]
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