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Phil Spencer On The Elder Scrolls VI Possible Xbox-Exclusivity: ‘We Look At It On A Case-By-Case Basis With The Games We Build’

Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, has touched base on the possibility of The Elder Scrolls VI being exclusive to Xbox formats, insisting the format holder looks at things like this on a ‘case-by-case basis.’

Speaking during an interview with Bloomberg, Spencer was asked if the upcoming fantasy-RPG would be exclusive to Microsoft platforms, to which he replied:

We look at it on a case-by-case basis with the games that we build. We want to make sure our games are available in so many different places – on our Xbox consoles, on PC, also via cloud, these games can come to almost any web-enabled device. We’re looking at millions and millions of players who will have access to Starfield and other Xbox Game Studios games. It’s really about giving players choice around how they want to play and they build their library of games.

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Spencer’s comments are interesting, as back in November 2021 the executive had seemingly ruled out any PlayStation version of The Elder Scrolls VI, although he insisted the decision was ‘not about punishing other platforms.’

The Elder Scrolls VI is going to be the next major release from Bethesda Game Studios, which is now under the Microsoft umbrella after the Xbox maker snapped up ZeniMax Media back in 2021. The studio’s latest game, Starfield, was released for PC and Xbox formats this week, and is not available on PS5 and PS4.

Bethesda’s Pete Hines made it clear recently that The Elder Scrolls IV is still a long way off, despite the fact it was announced just over five years ago at E3 2018.

[Source – Bloomberg]