Microsoft has confirmed that some of the new games from Bethesda and parent company Zenimax Studios will be exclusive to Xbox and PC.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer wrote in an Xbox Wire post today to state that the $ 7.5 billion historic deal has been finalized.
“With the addition of Bethesda creative teams, gamers should know that Xbox consoles, PC and Game Pass will be the best place to experience the new Bethesda games, including some new games that will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players in the future.”
Spencer does not specify the types of games he mentions when discussing full PC and Xbox exclusivity. Does he mean the biggest titles in Bethesda’s portfolio, such as the next episode of the Elder Scrolls franchise and the upcoming new franchise Starfield? Will these games really bypass the PlayStation and the proceeds from selling the big franchise there? Or is he talking about smaller projects? Time will show us.
But this at least answers the question of whether any game will be stored for Microsoft platforms only – something many people think might not be the case if Microsoft focused solely on previous launches for its consoles and PC or the availability of games at launch.
Spencer also announced that a series of Bethesda and Zenimax games will join Xbox Game Pass later this week.
We would like to remind you that Microsoft owns Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog and Roundhouse Studios.
Future projects, as well as The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield, include an Indiana Jones game from Wolfenstein developer MachineGames and two specials scheduled for PlayStation 5: Arkane’s Deathloop and Tango Gameworks’ Ghostwire: Tokyo.
For now, as mentioned earlier, Bethesda and Zenimax’s many game studios will continue to be operated as they have until now, despite having a new owner.
“It is vital that Bethesda continues to play games as it always has,” Spencer concluded. “We look forward to empowering Bethesda’s creative teams to reach more players from all over the world and help make the future Bethesda games the biggest and most popular in their history. Xbox and Bethesda have long shared a vision for the future of games. Bethesda understands the potential of Xbox Game Pass. “
“Now that we are one team, we can start working together for the future ahead. We’ll share more about what’s next for our teams later this year.”