As part of the ongoing palaver between Microsoft and the FTC, the platform holder has revealed that three upcoming Bethesda games will be exclusive to Xbox and PC.
This information is part of Microsoft’s response to the Federal Trade Commission’s lawsuit against its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard (something it called “unconstitutional”).
Nestled in the many newly published documents, numerous pages, Microsoft said, “Xbox expects three future securities -REDACTED- all of which are designed to be played primarily alone or in small groups – will be exclusive to Xbox and PC.”
He also pointed out that “ZeniMax’s first two new games were made exclusive to PlayStation for one year after launch”, namely Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo.
You can see the quote, along with the text around it for context, in the image below.
So what could these three mysteriously redacted games be? Well, the obvious answers are Starfield, Redfall, and The Elder Scrolls 6.
Starfield and Redfall, whose releases were delayed to 2023 earlier this year, have already been confirmed as exclusives. Meanwhile, in June, Bethesda said Fallout 5 would be its next game. after The Elder Scrolls 6.
That being said, there’s also an Indiana Jones game in the pipeline from Wolfenstein developer MachineGames, so we can’t rule that out either.
Speaking of which, I will have to update my One to this version. I love me that professor wielding the whip! But I digress.
There’s also a third option to consider – that Bethesda has another game in the works that has yet to be announced. This could perhaps explain the decision to remove this particular part of Microsoft’s answer.
Elsewhere in the document, Microsoft reiterated its intention to release day-and-date Activision Blizzard games on Xbox Game Pass. This is something the company is unwilling to negotiate with the FTC, at least for now.
Now we have to wait and see if the two parties can come to some kind of agreement before the lawsuit goes to court. If that doesn’t happen, however, a judge will either set a date for the start of proceedings or dismiss the case altogether. We will keep you posted!