Elder Scrolls 6 PS5 release is still possible, documents confirm
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Good news, PlayStation owners, The Elder Scrolls VI could still be coming your way.
Many of those eagerly anticipating the upcoming instalment in The Elder Scrolls series were hit with some concerning news last year. In one of the documents that Microsoft sent to the Federal Trade Commission attempting to justify its planned acquisition of Activision, it was spotted that the company expects that “three future titles […] all of which are designed to be played primarily alone or in small groups - will be exclusive to Xbox and PCs”.
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Although the names of these titles had been censored out, people began speculating which ones the company might be referring to. Many thought that Redfall and Starfield (which just got a new release date, by the way) might account for two of them, but the third seemed much more of a mystery. Some thought that it could be The Elder Scrolls VI - even though we don’t yet have a release window for it, the document simply said the three games were “future titles”, so it didn't seem unreasonable that it could be included.
However, as Game Rant reports, it now seems that things may have changed. Axios reporter Stephen Totilo pointed out on Twitter that just last week, a Microsoft lawyer said that “Microsoft has decided to keep two future releases exclusive to compete with Sony’s catalog of well-established exclusive games”. Note that here, only two games are mentioned.
Last week, a Microsoft lawyer said the company currently plans for two upcoming ZeniMax games to be Xbox/PC-exclusive (no PlayStation).— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) March 7, 2023
But in December, Microsoft lawyers said "three future titles" from ZeniMax would go Xbox/PC-only
Some thoughts about what this indicates: pic.twitter.com/0jX0eCEQQX
As such, it’s now being speculated that one of the secret “three future titles” mentioned by Microsoft last year may have actually been Hi-Fi Rush. Developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda, the funky rhythm-action game was announced and released out of nowhere at the end of January - exclusively for Xbox Series X/S and PC. It’d tick all the boxes to be included in that original document, and since the number of future exclusives has gone down now, everything adds up.
That means that now, those remaining future titles may simply be Starfield and Redfall, which in theory leaves The Elder Scrolls VI safe. Obviously, at the time of writing, this is still speculation, but it seems a lot more likely that the highly anticipated RPG could still be multi-platform.