The Elder Scrolls 6, Fallout 5 Will Likely Be Xbox Exclusive, Reveals Microsoft Executive

It appears that The Elder Scrolls 6, Fallout 5, and other Bethesda games will likely be exclusive to Xbox. In a significant acquisition a few years ago, Microsoft acquired ZeniMax, the parent company of renowned developers such as Bethesda Game Studios, known for their highly successful RPGs and franchises. Initially, Microsoft continued to support existing games from these developers on PlayStation and even released timed exclusives for PlayStation. However, recent releases like Redfall and the upcoming Starfield have been confirmed as Xbox and PC exclusives.

There has been speculation regarding whether existing franchises like Fallout and The Elder Scrolls would also become exclusive to Xbox. One argument was that the mentioned 2023 titles are new intellectual properties, so their exclusivity wouldn't take away from PlayStation players. Additionally, Xbox's Phil Spencer stated that he doesn't know which platforms will be available when The Elder Scrolls 6 releases, considering its expected release date is at least five years away.

However, during the Microsoft vs. FTC hearing, Xbox CFO Tim Stuart revealed that Phil Spencer made a decision in November 2021 to make all future ZeniMax games exclusive. In a conversation between Stuart and Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty, Stuart confirmed the understanding that all games going forward, not just new IP, would be exclusive to Xbox. This information suggests that, unless Xbox changes its stance, The Elder Scrolls 6, Fallout 5, and other titles from Bethesda will likely be exclusive to Xbox. While this news may disappoint fans of these franchises on PlayStation, it is possible that circumstances could change in the future.

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