The latest round of documents pertaining to the Microsoft Activision Blizzard deal has emerged and one of the new revelations to come out of them is that Sony is convinced The Elder Scrolls 6 will be exclusive to Xbox. The statement was made as part of the reasoning why Sony believes Microsoft could make Call of Duty exclusive in the future.
Sony doesn’t trust Microsoft because of the Bethesda deal
Sony has already stated that they do not trust Microsoft’s exclusivity statements because of how Bethesda’s games have been handled since the company’s acquisition in 2021. While Microsoft did not make any previously released games exclusive to Xbox, the upcoming Starfield will only be released on Xbox Series X|S and PC. According to Sony, The Elder Scrolls 6 will also be Xbox exclusive:
Microsoft is fond of arguing that, with its prior acquisitions, it did not make the existing, already released games it acquired exclusive to Xbox. But the foreclosure concern in this case is not about past releases of Call of Duty. It is about the impact of Microsoft making new Call of Duty releases (which are launched every year) exclusive, as it has done for the new releases of Starfield and Elder Scrolls following the acquisition of ZeniMax in 2021. As the PFs explain, these releases were announced in 2018 and were not expected at that time to be Xbox exclusives. It was only after acquiring ZeniMax that Microsoft’s Phil Spencer revealed that, all along, the deal had been about “delivering great exclusive games” for Xbox.
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Officially, platforms have not been confirmed for The Elder Scrolls 6 yet. Xbox CEO Phil Spencer has previously hinted the game could be Xbox exclusive, although previous documents submitted during the arguments have hinted the game may come to PS5 after all. Either way, you can see why Sony may be worried about the future of Call of Duty.