Recently released documents from the Microsoft-FTC trial revealed an internal expectation that the highly anticipated Elder Scrolls VI will release in 2026 or possibly later. The information was shared on social media by Axios reporter Stephen Totilo, who quoted Microsoft CEO Phil Spencer as clarifying that the game was five years out at the time and plans were not yet concrete.
The information comes in the form of a table and statement from Microsoft detailing the company’s post-acquisition plans since 2018. The documents also show a lack of planned release on Playstation consoles made by rival Sony, although Spencer seemingly confirmed that back in 2021.
The trial against Microsoft came about as a result of an injunction filed by the Federal Trade Commission in the US, attempting to block the acquisition of Activision-Blizzard due to concerns of anti-competitiveness. The injunction was denied and the lawsuit withdrawn back in July, though the acquisition is still being blocked by UK based Competition and Markets Authority.
The Elder Scrolls VI had its development announced back in 2018, during a presentation on the now-recently released Starfield. Microsoft has since announced plans for mod support for the game, which is also available on its Xbox Game Pass service.
The Elder Scrolls VI is does not yet have an official release date, but is expected to release on PC and Xbox in 2026 or later.