As many of you have heard, Microsoft has acquired ZeniMax, which in turn also meant that they acquired Bethesda. This has put the future of the company’s games in question because if a company like Microsoft who owns the Xbox platform were to acquire a developer, wouldn’t they want to make certain games exclusive to themselves?
During an interview with Kotaku, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer was asked about the acquisition and was posed a question about if Microsoft would be able to recoup their $7.5 billion investment in the company if a game like the Elder Scrolls VI were to be exclusive to the Xbox/Windows platform.
According to Spencer, he replied in the affirmative. However, the executive added, “This deal was not done to take games away from another player base like that. Nowhere in the documentation that we put together was: ‘How do we keep other players from playing these games?’ We want more people to be able to play games, not fewer people to be able to go play games.”
While Spencer does not directly confirm that the Elder Scrolls VI will be exclusive to Microsoft, he does point out that Microsoft has multiple platforms that they can already distribute to that would allow them to potentially sell enough copies to recoup their investment. We suppose we’ll have to wait and see how this plays out, which could be a while since the Elder Scrolls VI will not be arriving anytime soon.