In news that probably won’t surprise anyone too much at this point, a newly discovered Microsoft court document has confirmed that The Elder Scrolls 6 won’t be coming to PlayStation when it finally arrives in 2026 or later.
Microsoft submitted a document (thanks The Verge) in a lawsuit with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over its proposed $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard — the same lawsuit in which Xbox boss Phil Spencer responded to an FTC lawyer’s questions about the Xbox exclusivity of The Elder Scrolls 6 by saying: I think we’ve had a little unclear what platforms the game is launching on given how far along the game is. It’s hard for us to figure that out right now… It’s so far out that it’s hard to understand what the platforms will even be at this point.”
Despite Spencer’s tentative response in June, newly released court documents from Microsoft make it clear that The Elder Scrolls 6 will not be coming to the PlayStation console.
According to the chart, which is meant to illustrate Microsoft’s approach to exclusivity following its 2021 acquisition of Bethesda, the company noted that four of the studio’s games were either released on PlayStation at the time or continued to be supported on PlayStation – the original PlayStation exclusive being Ghostwire: Tokyo. and Deathloop, as well as Fallout 76 and The Elder Scrolls Online. The table also shows that three other Bethesda titles – the already released Redfall and Starfield and the upcoming The Elder Scrolls 6 – will be Xbox and PC only.
Of course, this helps tie up several other flaws related to another court document filed as part of the FTC case last year, in which Microsoft lawyers noted “three future titles…will be exclusive to Xbox and PC.” At the time, Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 were thought to be on that list – which we now apparently know to be true – and thanks to another court reveal earlier this year, this one courtesy of Bethesda’s Pete Hines, we’re also You know that the third Bethesda exclusive for Xbox and PC will be Indiana Jones.
As for when The Elder Scrolls 6 will finally see the light of day, it’s clearly still a long way off. In June, Phil Spencer noted that the game – which was announced in the summer of 2018 – would likely be “five years and more” as it was being developed by the same team as the recently released Starfield. A newly discovered Microsoft court document backs this up, saying The Elder Scrolls 6 is “TBC, but expected in 2026 or later.”