Xbox lawyers claim Elder Scrolls 6 is out in 2026, not 2028

Aside from calling it The Elder Scrolls 16, Microsoft’s lawyer may have given an incorrect launch window for The Elder Scrolls 6.

A lot of private information has been made public thanks to the legal battle between Microsoft and US regulator the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the former’s Activision Blizzard buyout.

When Xbox boss Phil Spencer was asked whether The Elder Scrolls 6 will be exclusive to Microsoft’s platform, he said it was too far out to tell, saying it won’t launch for at least another five years.

Bizarrely, later in the trial, Microsoft’s own lawyer proceeded to dispute this, saying The Elder Scrolls 6 will be ready in just three years by 2026… although they also call it The Elder Scrolls 16.

This came about during the lawyer’s efforts to counter a claim made by the FTC that The Elder Scrolls series shared similarities with Activision’s Call Of Duty games.

‘There are two Elder Scrolls games, one is online called Elder Scrolls Online – that is a multiplayer game, it is on PlayStation today. The game he’s talking about Elder Scrolls 16… the projected release is 2026 as a single-player game. It is not anywhere similar to Call Of Duty, which as you know is multiplayer and multi-platform,’ they said, as transcribed by The Verge.

Them calling it The Elder Scrolls 16 is obviously a mistake, although it is strange that Microsoft’s lawyer thinks it’ll be out much earlier than Spencer said it would.

The likeliest explanation for this discrepancy is that the lawyer is simply wrong. Perhaps they got it mixed up with another Elder Scrolls game that is coming out in 2026?

No other Elder Scrolls projects are confirmed to be in development but there have been occasional spin-offs, particularly on mobile. There has also been a steady stream of expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online, which Bethesda often treats almost like standalone releases.

Either way, getting the game’s name wrong and sharing different launch window details from your client, in an attempt to correct someone else’s mistake, isn’t exactly a good look.

That’s far from the only contradiction surrounding The Elder Scrolls 6, though. Despite Spencer’s suggestion that launch platforms haven’t been decided yet, it was later discovered he’d already opted to make it and all future Bethesda games Xbox exclusives back in 2021.

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