Xbox fans were disappointed with the lack of Microsoft reveals at The Game Awards. However, VP Aaron Greenberg has reassured them that there's a lot in store, and that it will be revealed soon. Among the projects Greenberg has hinting at are possibly two behemoths by Bethesda – Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6. While we now have ample details on the former, which is set to launch next year, TES 6 is undoubtedly a while away, considering the amount of dev time it would require – perhaps even a decade's worth.
As a result of the FTC's investigation into Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, certain details have been made public. Despite the specificities being redacted in order to safeguard Microsoft's business interests, we could guess at what some of them were. For instance, the wording of a particular line in the FTCs report suggested that a Microsoft studio is working on a game that may take a decade to develop (thanks TheEternalGazed on Reddit).
The section in question reads: "50. Microsoft’s own experience with releasing AAA games reflects the cost and time to develop such content. Halo Infinite, a recent title from the Microsoft’s first-party Halo franchise, was in production for <REDACTED> years, and cost almost <REDACTED> million. Other AAA games may take even longer to develop. For instance, according to one Microsoft executive, <REDACTED> a forthcoming title from the <REDACTED> franchise, may take a <REDACTED> to develop."
That last line strongly suggests that whatever this title may be, it may take a decade of developmental time. There are a few ways we can come to this conclusion. Firstly, the words – "may take a…" – suggest a time period, and it's unlikely that it will be a 'century' or 'millenium'. Secondly, if you look at the actual FTC document, you'll notice that the redacted portions are covered by black boxes. The particular one we're referencing is roughly long enough for the word 'decade', based on the font size used in the rest of the document.
Considering the sheer scope of Starfield, with its 1,000 planets promise, we can only assume that the game coming after it – presumably The Elder Scrolls 6 – will also be massive in size and scope. A point to note here is that if it is indeed a 'decade', the framing of the sentence could be a bit misleading without the right context. A decade wouldn't necessarily mean ten years just working on the game, but could also also include the pre-development phase of setting up a studio and a team.
Speaking of decades and Microsoft, the company has pledged to keep Call of Duty on Nintendo consoles for ten years. "Microsoft has entered into a 10-year commitment to bring Call of Duty to @Nintendo following the merger of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard King," Tweeted Phil Spencer. "Microsoft is committed to helping bring more games to more people – however they choose to play." This is the same agreement that Microsoft recently also announced with Sony.
Considering that these deals were offered back to back, they probably have something to do with the FTC investigation and fair competition.
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