Microsoft now owns Bethesda, its library, and is responsible for any upcoming projects. While there was much handwringing from fans and the media at first, we now know that the former third-party publisher’s projects will no longer release on PlayStation. There are obvious exceptions: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition launched on the PlayStation 5 last week, and Sony still has a contract with Ghostwire Tokyo that will be honoured. Beyond these very specific situations, though, it’s game over.
Of course, it’s not going to stop Xbox boss Phil Spencer from being asked the question, and speaking specifically about The Elder Scrolls 6 – which was announced eons ago – he reiterated that you won’t be playing it on your PS5: “It’s not about punishing any other platform, like I fundamentally believe all of the platforms can continue to grow,” he cryptically said of the exclusivity situation in an interview with GQ. “But in order to be on Xbox, I want us to be able to bring the full complete package of what we have. And that would be true when I think about The Elder Scrolls 6. That would be true when I think about any of our franchises.”
In other words, if your console doesn’t have services like Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold, then it doesn’t have The Elder Scrolls 6. We’ve all come to terms with this now, haven’t we?