Microsoft has officially acquired ZeniMax Media, Bethesda Softwork's parent company, in a $7.5 billion deal.
Ever since the deal was announced in September, the gaming community speculated whether Bethesda would create Xbox-exclusive titles, since they were now part of Xbox Games Studios. Now it's finally been confirmed.
Some unreleased Bethesda games, including Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo, will remain PlayStation 5 exclusives. But Microsoft confirmed earlier on Tuesday that some new titles released in the future will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players.
"Now that everything is official, we can begin working together to deliver more great games to everyone. At every step building toward this moment, I’ve been inspired and motivated by the creativity, insight, and community-first approach of the talented people at Bethesda. Our goal is to give these teams the best foundation for doing their greatest work and to learn from them as we continue to build Xbox into an inclusive platform for all players," Head of Xbox Phil Spencer wrote.
Spencer explained that Xbox and PC will be the "best place" to experience new Bethesda games, even the ones that aren't exclusive. Some of the upcoming games Bethesda is working on include Starfield, The Elder Scrolls 6, and an Indiana Jones-themed game.
Bethesda Softwork's Senior Vice President of Public Relations, Pete Hines, said that the company is continuing to operate as it normally would with the addition of Microsoft's Game Pass subscription service. This is an "important initiative for Xbox," Hines explained, meaning Bethesda is hoping to put even more games on the Game Pass.
When it comes to future releases, Microsoft said it would evaluate each release case-by-case when it comes to releasing them on PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch as well. But for now, it seems that Bethesda is focused on building up the Game Pass due to added support the developers have received from the acquisition.
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