The Elder Scrolls 6 is a “medium sized” game according to Microsoft that uses the game to talk about the exclusivity of Call of Duty.
Among the documents related to the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft shared by the British government there are many interesting information on the strategy used by the two companies to discuss the matter. For example, Microsoft suggests that The Elder Scrolls 6 is a “medium sized” game and that its exclusivity value is not comparable to that of Call of Duty and Minecraft.
As you can see in Axios journalist Stephen Totilo ‘s tweet , Microsoft claims that the decisions made with “mid-sized” games are not proof of the company’s interest in making Call of Duty exclusive.
The first phase of the acquisition analysis, stated that Microsoft has made certain games exclusive and is therefore encouraged to do the same with Call of Duty . According to Xbox, however, The Elder Scrolls 6 and other future titles don’t have the same value and don’t have the same ability to drive players away from PlayStation.
The idea is that the acquisition of Activision Blizzard should be allowed because a game like Call of Duty doesn’t make sense as an exclusive, while mid-level games like The Elder Scrolls 6 do. The two products are not comparable according to Microsoft.
Obviously this is Microsoft’s point of view. We’ll have to see what the British body thinks.