Court documents in the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) case against the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard revealedincluding a schedule of game releases from Bethesda Softworks.
According to the released documents, Bethesda Softworks will release several as-yet-unannounced projects in the coming years:
- a remaster of the fantasy role-playing game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – the first rumors about this appeared in the summer;
- DOOM Year Zero and its additions are probably a new part of the cult shooter series;
- Re-release of the post-apocalyptic role-playing game Fallout 3;
- Sequel to the otherworldly action thriller Ghostwire: Tokyo;
- Adventure stealth action game Dishonored 3;
- three new expansions for The Elder Scrolls Online.
The table includes, among other things, already presented games (The Elder Scrolls VI, Indiana Jones), an unknown project under a third-party license and developments under code names (Kestrel, Platinum).
The information in the table is from 2020, so project release dates have likely already changed. For example, Starfield is reported in the document for fiscal year 2021 (i.e. until April 2021), although the publication has been postponed to September 2023.
According to the document, The Elder Scrolls VI is expected in fiscal year 2024 (i.e. by April 2024), but for 2023 these dates look at least optimistic. Microsoft plans to release it in 2026 at the earliest.
The Verge’s senior editor, Tom Warren explainedthat the documents listed are confidential. For some reason it was not edited and mistakenly released into the public domain.
Meanwhile, the Bethesda Softworks release plan document has already been deleted, but users were able to save the image of the table (see above). According to Warren, the situation has already led to this “Huge leak” and that is not the end.