Confirmed that some Bethesda Games Will Be Exclusive To Xbox
It has been announced today that Microsoft’s $7.5 billion acquisition of Bethesda Software’s parent company, Zenimax Media is complete. While the full effects of this deal are still to take effect in the coming months and years, Xbox chief Phil Spencer has confirmed one thing; that a selection of Bethesda’s upcoming games will be exclusive to Xbox platforms.
In an official blog posted today, Spencer stated, “With the addition of the Bethesda creative teams, gamers should know that Xbox consoles, PC, and Game Pass will be the best place to experience new Bethesda games, including some new titles in the future that will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players,”
In September 2020, when the news of this deal was first announced, Spencer said at the time that the deal would honour Bethesda’s existing agreements with Sony to make Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo PS5 console exclusives. However he also stated that decisions of which of the publisher’s future games would be available for multiple platforms would be made on a “case-by-case” basis. Today’s blog post has made it clear that at least a portion of them will be exclusives to Xbox and PC. That said, it is still unclear as of yet which games those will be.
Bethesda Softworks are currently working on The Elder Scrolls VI, along with a new IP called Starfield; a sci-fi role playing game. It is safe to assume that the company will also be putting out new entries in the Doom and Fallout franchises at some point over the next decade. It should be remembered that it is entirely possible today’s news regarding exclusivity could also apply to new games that Bethesda are yet to announce and may not necessarily apply to sequels of their existing franchises.
Spencer has also said in the past that any future Bethesda games will be available on Game Pass the same day that they are released. Game Pass is Microsoft’s subscription service for games. We now know that more games from the publisher’s existing back catalogue are also anticipated to appear on the platform, with Spencer saying that a selection of them will be coming to the platform as soon as the end of this week. It was reported last night by VGC, that more details regarding this will be announced in the form of a video presentation on Thursday the 11th of March.
This announcement of the official completion of the Bethesda acquisition means that Microsoft now has a total of 23 studios developing games for them. The spending spree that the company went on at the end of the last console generation seems to have started paying off for them. Acquiring the likes of DoubleFine, Obsidian, and others is only going to lead to a higher output of exclusive games, something that Xbox were sorely lacking during the previous generation. Their business model going forward seems to rely on beefing up their line-up of strong first-party exclusive Xbox games.
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