In a recently published document by UK’s Competition and Markets Authority that spans the responses of both Sony and Microsoft over the latter’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, one of Microsoft’s responses can be seen referring to The Elder Scrolls 6, but not in a way one would usually expect.
According to Xbox’s parent company, the forthcoming sequel to one of the biggest games of all time is going to be “mid-sized.” There is some semblance of uncertainty here though, given how the document is officially worded, but Microsoft clearly states The Elder Scrolls 6 as one of its mid-sized games.
What this could mean in the grand scheme of things might not have anything to do with the scale of The Elder Scrolls 6 at all, but it does raise a point as to what to expect moving forward. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim sold over 30 million copies in its lifetime, and the supposed trajectory of its sequel is even grander.
- The British sector of Competition and Markets Authority is currently knee-deep into the investigation of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The major concern that has been raised pertains to the long-term outcome of this takeover by Microsoft, meaning whether the future of the industry would be deemed anti-competitive.
- Responding to the initial study of the CMA, both Sony and Microsoft have showcased their respective takes on the scenario.
- Highlighting Microsoft’s response in specific in the issued 111-page document, the tech giant has evidently made it clear that The Elder Scrolls 6 is a “mid-sized” game.
- You can find the published statement under the “Decisions regarding mid-sized games are not evidence of Microsoft’s incentives as they relate to Call of Duty” subheading.
Microsoft has issued a 111-page response to the initial study and issues statement conducted by the Competition and Markets Authority. While the executive summary of the response states points such as Sony’s PlayStation being the largest console platform for over 20 years, with an installed base of consoles and market share more than double the size of Xbox, our interest, for now, is focused elsewhere.
If you scroll down to the 56th page, you’ll find the subheading, “Decisions regarding mid-sized games are not evidence of Microsoft’s incentives as they relate to Call of Duty.” As an example of the mentioned mid-sized games, Microsoft follows up directly by stating, “Titles such as The Elder Scrolls 6.”
A game that’s supposedly resting on a scale as substantial as one of the latest proponents of The Elder Scrolls series does simply not come across as mid-sized. However, to put things into perspective, the game in question is comparatively mid-sized when you put it up against the wall with the likes of Minecraft, Roblox, and Fortnite.
If you’re not putting titles like those in the equation, then perhaps, to us gamers, The Elder Scrolls 6 is probably going to be huge. As of yet, the game has only been announced with no concrete release date slated at the moment.
On the flip side though looking at Sony’s response, the gaming industry tycoon says that Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision will give Blizzard an unfair advantage. Apparently, Sony is worried that Xbox will have it outclassed with a ton of harm hurtled toward its core business operations.
The gaming industry seems to be in a rut in these uncertain times with the ongoing Activision Blizzard and Microsoft deal that has amounted to a total payout of $68.7 billion.
Back in January this year, Microsoft pitched to acquire Activision Blizzard—the proud makers of elite video game franchises like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. Although Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella feels confident about the deal going through, other major power players have thoughts that say otherwise.
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