Major Xbox plans leaked in emails released in Microsoft’s FTC case | Albiseyler

Major Xbox plans leaked in emails released in Microsoft's FTC case

A massive collection of alleged Xbox files related to the Federal Trade Commission’s case against Microsoft has been released online, bringing some of the company’s plans for the game console into the public eye.

The files were uploaded Friday to a website hosted by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, where the FTC is suing to block Microsoft’s acquisition of video game company Activision Blizzard. The court’s website stopped sharing files sometime Tuesday morning.

They include more than 100 documents, many of them partially redacted, related to Microsoft’s plans for Xbox.

Douglas Farrar, director of the FTC’s Office of Public Affairs, told NBC News that “Microsoft was responsible for the error in uploading these documents to the court.”

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The files include emails from company executives such as Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer and game schedules.

Some of the documents include Microsoft Gaming executives discussing the value of exclusive ownership of key video game titles.

One document shows a list of projections for some major game titles with release dates and what platforms they’re supposed to be available on. This list estimates that the highly anticipated game “The Elder Scrolls VI” will not be released until 2026 or later and will not be available for the Sony-owned Playstation.

Neither Sony nor Elder Scrolls developer Bethesda immediately responded to requests for comment.

It is not clear whether the files were meant to be accessible to the public. A spokesman for the Northern District did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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