Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Zenimax Media sent shockwaves across the gaming world. The latest reverberation comes from a comment by Microsoft’s VP of gaming, Phil Spencer. In a recent interview, Spencer indicated that the next Elder Scrolls game might not be coming to the Play Station 5.
The long-awaited sequel to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, TES 6, is still believed to be a long way off. Fans have already waited nine years for the next installment of the venerable franchise, and some of them might not get to play it at all. When asked if Microsoft would allow the game to be published on other platforms, he said, “This deal was not done to take games away from another player base like that.” However, he rejected the notion that Play Station sales were necessary to keep Elder Scrolls 6 profitable, saying, “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.”
Spencer made it clear that Microsoft had not acquired Zenimax to deny games to players. Despite that, he also argued that it was not necessarily in Microsoft’s interests to do otherwise. Spencer was quick to dismiss claims that Play Station sales would be necessary to recoup Microsoft’s $7.5 billion purchase.
It’s important to note that Spencer never said that The Elder Scrolls 6 would be a Microsoft exclusive. However, he did open the door for it. He also emphasized the numerous ways Microsoft is making games more accessible to Xbox and PC gamers. These included game streaming service xCloud and Xbox Game Pass, which allows games to be played on either Xbox One or Series X consoles.
While nothing is official yet, Play Station users definitely have cause for concern. Even if major franchises like Fallout and The Elder Scrolls remain cross-platform, that’s only part of the Bethesda/Zenimax family of studios. While it’s hard to say what the future will hold, this certainly makes the console wars a bit more competitive.