Bethesda is planning to release The Elder Scrolls 6 as an Xbox-exclusive

It appears that PS5 players won't get a chance to return to Tamriel nor play The Elder Scrolls 6 at all.


The Elder Scrolls franchise is one of the biggest in gaming history. Since the first game was released in the early 90s, the entire series has sold 58.5 million units as of a recent counting. Because of its popularity, fans are already looking forward to the next The Elder Scrolls game even though it's still a few years away.

PlayStation owners are in danger of missing out on one of the biggest games of all time.

With that said, the fandom might want to prepare to shell out money for a gaming PC and/or an Xbox Series S/X once The Elder Scrolls 6 is available. According to recent reports, the plan is to release TES 6 as an Xbox exclusive.

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Is The Elder Scrolls 6 going to be exclusive to the Xbox?

Microsoft invested billions to acquire ZeniMax (along with Bethesda).

It's no secret that Sony has more exclusives compared to Microsoft. It's been that way for decades. Right now, the Xbox Series S/X has Microsoft Flight Simulator as the only enviable exclusive for its platform. On the other hand, the PlayStation 5 has Demon's Souls, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and Returnal, among others.

The good news is that Microsoft has announced a list of Xbox exclusive titles, along with other multi-platform games, that are also going to be a part of the Xbox Game Pass at launch.

It also appears that Microsoft has another trick up its sleeve.

Jeff Grub has heard that The Elder Scrolls 6 is only coming to the Xbox Series S/X, just like Starfield, an "unfortunate" turn of events that Bethesda actually apologized for.

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While disappointing, we can't exactly say that we are shocked. If anything, gamers should have expected this. After Microsoft formally acquired Bethesda earlier this year (with talks starting in 2020), audiences knew that things were going to change. Although fans were hoping that Microsoft wouldn't make The Elder Scrolls 6 an exclusive, you can't exactly blame them for taking advantage of the investment.

If it's any consolation, Skyrim is still available on pretty much every gaming platform.

Of course, there is no official announcement from either Bethesda or Microsoft yet. The closest thing to official word is from Todd Howard, who claimed earlier this year that Elder Scrolls 6 is still in its design phase. However, if you already own a PlayStation 5 or you're planning to get one as soon as stocks permit, we recommend preparing for the inevitable.

One way around this is to get yourself a capable gaming PC or an Xbox Series S/X. Another alternative is to just keep on playing Skyrim, which is set to get yet another new edition later this year.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is based in the Philippines. He is a lifelong gamer and a PC hardware enthusiast. He builds and repairs laptops and computers for friends and family in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.