Todd Howard agrees it's 'hard to imagine' The Elder Scrolls 6 as a console exclusive

Bethesda's Executive Producer speaks to the company's next-gen outlook in a new interview.


Microsoft’s $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax and Bethesda last month completely transformed the way we look at the future of both Xbox and PlayStation. While one of Xbox’s biggest criticisms had long been the console’s lack of exclusive titles, folks were suddenly concerned that they wouldn’t get to play titles like Fallout 5 or Starfield on their PlayStation 5. Todd Howard, one of the biggest names at Bethesda, spoke to the potential of going exclusive in a new interview.

Speaking with, Todd Howard weighed in on the Microsoft acquisition, and the possibility of new games from the studio being exclusive titles. When the interviewer told Howard that it’s hard to imagine The Elder Scrolls 6 being a console-exclusive game, Todd Howard simply responded "I would agree that is hard to imagine."

This quickly became a hot topic of debate following the $7.5 billion purchase of ZeniMax Media/Bethesda. Many argued that Microsoft’s recent efforts to be all-inclusive and “for the players” meant they would still allow Bethesda games to release on PlayStation, as well as other platforms. Others felt that the company would use this opportunity to keep some of the most high profile gaming franchises exclusively under their own roof. The flames of this debate were stoked when Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently said Microsoft could recoup their investment without going multiplatform

Todd Howard doesn’t give any further comment or insight other than the aforementioned quote. As for the fate of upcoming Bethesda releases on PlayStation 5 and other platforms, we’ll simply have to wait and see. The impacts of the deal are already being felt, as Doom Eternal recently landed on Game Pass, soon to be followed by a large chunk of Bethesda’s library.

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    October 29, 2020 8:16 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Todd Howard agrees it's 'hard to imagine' The Elder Scrolls 6 as a console exclusive

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      October 29, 2020 8:59 AM


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      October 29, 2020 10:50 AM

      It's hard to imagine but I bet you can if you try

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      October 29, 2020 10:57 AM

      Are they still using that janky engine for this.

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        October 29, 2020 11:20 AM

        'all signs point to yes'

        Already confirmed for their next game Starfield and ES6. Around the time of the MS acquisition they were asked about the engine, and said they upgrading and overhauling it, claims they're doing more with it than ever before, etc.

        All the stuff they slap on top won't actually make a difference deep down, I'm sure. Never has.

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          October 29, 2020 11:29 AM

          It will always feel like a gamebryo game at its core, remember when they had to put railway cars on NPCs heads and clipped the NPCs into the ground just to get a moving car?

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          October 29, 2020 11:38 AM

          Great, I look forward to decapitating myself by accidentally nudging an object with my foot and stealing from shopkeepers by lowering a bucket over their head.

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      October 29, 2020 3:12 PM

      Well, Todd, old boy, it's Hard To Imagine how much money you pocketed from the acquisition, so I'm sure you'll be fine.

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