In the ongoing lawsuit between Microsoft and the Federal Trade Commission, an email regarding Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 has surfaced. Will the latter be exclusive for one platform?
More and more information about the inner workings of Microsoft is surfacing in the ongoing lawsuit between the company and the Federal Trade Commission. Now an internal email has been posted by Axios reporter Stephen Totilo regarding Xbox’s plans for exclusive titles. This includes news on the next Starfield title and the long-awaited Elder Scrolls 6.
Xbox forced Bethesda to make Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6 exclusive
The published email is from February 2022 and was sent by Pete Hines, vice president of global marketing and communications for Bethesda. Bethesda was acquired by Microsoft in early March 2021, when Microsoft purchased ZeniMax Media.
In the post, Hines shared his confusion that Microsoft will be making Activision Blizzard titles, specifically Call of Duty, available for PlayStation platforms. Especially after, as he said, Bethesda was told to do the opposite with their own titles.
This obviously highlights that Bethesda has been tasked with making its games Xbox exclusive. And with the upcoming Starfield (which has been announced as an Xbox exclusive title) and The Elder Scrolls 6, that would be two big games, which wouldn’t be playable for PlayStation users.
It therefore seems that the two games will only be released on PC and Xbox, information that does not correspond to a statement given by Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming. In this, he said that the company has yet to decide whether The Elder Scrolls 6 will also be available on PlayStation.
The email ends with the question:
“Todd is going to DICE in a few weeks, don’t you think a reporter could find him and tell him why the following is ok for COD or any Activision Blizzard game, but not TES6 or Starfield? »
A February 22 email from Bethesda executive Pete Hines suggests frustration with the Xbox/PC-centric strategy for team games.
Reacting to the public wish to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation: “I’m confused, isn’t the following the opposite of what we’ve just been asked (to do) with our own titles? » pic.twitter.com/N6S8IqBxbH
—Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) June 26, 2023
It’s actually an interesting question. Why does Microsoft seem to have a different idea for Activision Blizzard games than for Bethesda titles. Especially since Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 are two of the most anticipated games and are sure to bring in big bucks and huge audiences.
It will be interesting to see how Microsoft handles this in the future. Starfield has already been announced as an Xbox exclusive title, but there may be hope for all Elder Scrolls fans that at least TES6 will be released on PlayStation. Only the future will show it.
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