KEY POINTS

  • Microsoft recently acquired Bethesda’s mother company ZeniMax
  • The acquisition costs $7.5 billion
  • A recent interview with Xbox boss Phil Spencer about “The Elder Scrolls 6” could be bad news for PS5 fans

Fans remain uncertain about “The Elder Scrolls 6” coming to Sony's PS5 based on a recent inteview with Xbox Boss Phil Spencer. Spencer said that, while he wants the games to be accessed by more people, he vaguely mentions how the game does not need to be released in order platforms for the company to take a profit.

Following its official announcement in 2018, fans have not heard anything new about “The Elder Scrolls 6.” While the game is anticipated to launch on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X, the recent acquisition of Bethesda’s mother company ZeniMax, triggered fans to wonder if the game could release on other gaming platforms. Interestingly, recent comments from Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer led fans to wonder if "The Elder Scrolls 6" could be released on PS5.

In the latest interview with Kotaku, Xbox Boss Phil Spencer was asked if Microsoft could get its $7.5 billion ZeniMax acquisition back without bringing games like “The Elder Scrolls 6” to Sony’s PS5. Without hesitation, the executive said yes and mentioned that “I don’t want to be flip about that.” Spencer clarified that the deal was not so Microsoft could take games from another player base.

In fact, Spencer noted that Microsoft wants more people to be able to play games. But, he further said that “But I’ll also say in the model -- I’m just answering directly the question that you had -- when I think about where people are going to be playing and the number of devices that we had, and we have xCloud and PC and Game Pass and our console base, I don’t have to go ship those games on any other platform other than the platforms that we support in order to kind of make the deal work for us. Whatever that means.”

Elder Scrolls Online Bethesda Gaming Studios has not yet revealed any new details about "The Elder Scrolls 6" but fans have various theories about the game's location. Photo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fX_9HG1veE

While the Xbox executive mentioned that Microsoft’s intention was not to take games away from other player bases, he also suggested that games do not need to release on PS5 for them to be a profitable investment or to reach a wide scope of audience. Xbox Gaming Partnerships and Ecosystem VP Sarah Bond also gave a vague statement on the issue of “Starfield” exclusively releasing on Microfot’s gaming platforms.

The executive mentioned that she was excited about the release of Bethesda’s “Starfield” on Xbox Series X and PC. Based on the executives’ statements and in the absence of explicit confirmation, it is safe to assume that there is a great chance that “The Elder Scrolls 6” and “Starfield” are coming to PS5. However, it is also safe to say that Microsoft is just holding off on the announcement to avoid PR issues at the time of the launch of its new gaming console.