The truth is finally out. The Elder Scrolls VI will be a “medium sized” game. As clearly evidenced by Skyim‘s lack of popularity, critical acclaim and five million editions, remakes, ports and expansions, we can clearly count on the new Elder Scrolls to achieve medium-sized success.
At least, that’s what Microsoft would like UK regulators to believe. The company’s recent filing with the UK regulators, which oversee Microsoft’s potential acquisition of Activision Blizzard, references the upcoming Bethesda game as another title it hopes to make console-exclusive to Xbox.
In the filing from Microsoft is the Elder Scrolls series is used to beat Sony’s multi-faceted arguments about the call of Duty franchise and the possibility of Microsoft eventually making the game exclusive to the console should Activision Blizzard be allowed to acquire it. Sony had previously cited some Bethesda games as “evidence of past behavior” by Microsoft in acquiring studios and exclusives their gaming consoles.
However, Microsoft claims that games like Elder Scrolls VI are not in the same category as call of Duty or Minecraft because it falls into the category of “mid-tier games,” which Microsoft claims don’t offer “broad incentives” to their company.
It’s true that more people are playing cod as Skyrim or The Elder Scrolls Onlinethe suggestion that the latest game in the series will be “medium-sized” seems like a farce at best. Skyrim is one of the best-selling single-player games of all time, and Bethesda has spent the years since its release pumping out new editions and ports of the game, in addition to running it IT. With now years of running a live ministry Elder Scrolls Game under the belt, does anyone really believe that ES6 This won’t be Bethesda’s best attempt to break every sales record Skyrim torn to pieces?
Community members who have seen how far Skyrim was stretched does not seem to agree with Microsoft’s assessment.
ES6 may not generate revenue in the same way cod generates revenue. But to put one of the industry’s most anticipated games in the last decade in the mid-size category seems like an overstatement.