Microsoft explains why Elder Scrolls VI will be exclusive and not Call Of Duty

The Elder Scrolls 6 mountain scenery.

screenshot: ZeniMax

Court proceedings to justify why Microsoft was allowed to acquire Activision Blizzard are currently ongoing. In response to the Statement by the British Market Regulator about the acquisition, publisher suggests It makes business sense for them to make a “medium sized” game like the next one Manuscripts of the Sixth Elder exclusive, while also arguing that there is a lot of money to be made from owning Call of duty on PlayStation to pull that off Sony’s platform.

Yes, Microsoft is once again trying to explain why Games that sell millions of units Not a big deal. truly. not pay attention to Manuscripts of the Sixth Elder or starfield On the horizon where Microsoft tries to hack this $70 billion Dealing through regulatory agencies around the world.

ZeniMax and Bethesda games released prior to the acquisition are still available on the PlayStation Store at the time of this writing. deathlop And the GhostWire: Tokyo The PlayStation was previously planned as part of Sony’s contracts with ZeniMax. However, the fate of the new games remains uncertain. Redfall And the starfield, which will be released in 2023, is slated to be an Xbox and PC exclusive. Which raises the question: How does Xbox decide which games will or won’t come to PlayStation consoles? Microsoft helpfully provided a chart.

Graph showing that Redfall and Starfield have a high exclusivity value.

screenshot: Microsoft

First, games with cross-platform play are less likely to become exclusives. Next, Microsoft divided games into three categories: niche, new IP/unspecified audience, and mass market audience. Niche and mass-market titles are supposed to have the lowest console exclusivity value, while new IPs with uncertain audiences will have the most value.

I understand that starfield is a new IP, but it’s a bit disingenuous to see Microsoft argue that its fan base is “dedicated” and not widely attractive. or that Fallout 76 It is a specialized title though leading player base 13 million people. Of course, this isn’t the first time the publisher has made such outlandish claims. Two months ago, it is disputed that Call of duty It is a core game series. Now he finally admits it codThe size of the player base is not comparable to most other AAA games that publish.

Microsoft also seems to argue this Manuscripts of the Sixth Elder The Xbox and PC wouldn’t do a huge disservice to Sony – which certainly indicates that the upcoming title could bypass PlayStation. By placing a statement on this subject under a section on “medium-sized gaming,” it argues so ancient scrolls It cannot be compared anywhere in popularity Maine Craft or Call of duty, both titles that will remain available on PlayStation. The company also points out that the latter ancient scrolls The game was released in 2011 in an effort to refute claims that it “disenfranchised” PlayStation players by not releasing it on the platform. my city Xbox emailed to ask whether or not Elder Scrolls VI would be exclusive to their platforms, but had not received a response by the time of publication.

I’m sure the news must be devastating ancient scrolls fans. But for now, I’m laughing at the mind boggling that Microsoft is asking regulators to implement.

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