How do you know when The Elder Scrolls VI is going to be an Xbox and PC exclusive? When the head of the entire Xbox brand at Microsoft says so.

The Elder Scrolls VI: A Xbox and PC Exclusive?

The Elder Scrolls 6 teaser art.
Pretty, but worthless to me as someone with neither the Xbox nor PC specs to play this.

During an interview with the British version of GQ magazine, of all things, current executive vice-president of Gaming at Microsoft and head of the Xbox brand Phil Spencer revealed something you may or may not like about the upcoming The Elder Scrolls VI game. Apparently, Spencer wants the game to be exclusive to Xbox and PC. It hasn’t actually happened yet, but Spender really wants it to. Thus, it will probably happen in an official capacity soon, and it may not be long before we get official word about this. The exact quote from GQ is as follows:

“For that reason, exclusivity has been the elephant in the room ever since the buyout. It’s been confirmed that next year’s Starfield, arguably the biggest game of 2022, will be Xbox and PC only. Spencer says he sees the same for The Elder Scrolls VI. In his eyes, Xbox is the whole experience. Xbox Live. Game Pass. Cloud Gaming. Friends lists. Save states. “It’s not about punishing any other platform, like I fundamentally believe all of the platforms can continue to grow,” he says. “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 Elder Scrolls VI. That would be true when I think about any of our franchises.

No More Bethesda Outside Xbox and PC?

Xbox + Bethesda key art.
I guess Microsoft is the jealous type.

This news is a bummer to anyone who doesn’t have a new Xbox console, or just have potato PCs that can’t run the newest games. It basically forces you to buy a Xbox just to play The Elder Scrolls VI. No matter how good this latest addition to The Elder Scrolls series is, it may not be worth having to buy a multi-hundred dollar console.

That last sentence from Phil Spencer though is particularly ominous. It may suggest that all of the franchises Xbox owns will turn into Xbox and PC exclusives in the future. This will end up being a nightmare for people not willing to spend money to buy a new Xbox. It feels like a pretty underhanded move to force as many people as possible to buy a new Xbox Series. If this comes to pass, sure, Microsoft is likely going to rake in lots and lots of money. Will it be worth all the ill will they earn though? Well, we’ll just have to see. Keep in mind though that this is still technically a rumor barring any official word from Microsoft. Take it with a grain of salt.

Source: GQ