Rumors have been circulating about whether or not Bethesda and Microsoft are purportedly in bed with each other – at least when it comes to the release of the hotly anticipated upcoming Elder Scrolls 6. Microsofts recent purchase of Bethesda Softwares has led many to speculate on whether this was force Bethesdas hand to make all or some of their games Xbox exclusives, or, at the very least, giving them some kind of preferential treatment.

Since then, the media and gamers alike have received mixed messages, but Bethesda has gone on record to confirm there will not be any Xbox exclusives coming from them in the near future (at least as far as we know). What they have said is that Bethesda games will be given some kind of priority for Xbox users and within the Xbox ecosystem.

“But what we want is we want that content, in the long run, to be either first or better or best or pick your differentiated experience, on our platforms. We will want Bethesda content to show up the best as — on our platforms.

Xbox CFO, Tim Stuart

That said, we also can’t rule out that this might change in future and that future Bethesda titles won’t be Xbox exclusives for their initial release, as much as this is likely to anger fans across the globe. Its clear Microsoft didn’t fork out for the company for nothing, so fans certainly have reason to worry.

“When we think about Bethesda, it’s going to be the continuing to allow—I’ll say allow, but continue to sell their games on the platforms that they exist today, and we’ll determine what that looks over time and will change over time. I’m not making any announcements about exclusivity or something like that. But that model will change.”

Microsoft Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer

At the very least, for now it seems extremely unlikely that the Elder Scrolls 6 will be an Xbox exclusive, though things may change for future Bethesda titles. For now, Xbox owners can revel in the idea that at the very least, Bethesda’s amazing games will be given priority in the Xbox ecosystem and will more than likely end up as part of the Xbox battle pass sooner rather than later, unlike many other AAA titles from other publishers .

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