All gamers from all walks of life know Bethesda Softworks and many still have enjoyed the freedom their games bring to console and PC. Titles like Fallout and The Elder Scrolls have, for a long time, been some of the best open-world games released on all platforms.
But now, Bethesda and ZeniMax the parent company will leave many fans disappointed and others quite smug, as recently Microsoft began the ball rolling on acquiring not only Bethesda but every development team under the ZeniMax umbrella, this includes Arcane Studios, ID Software, Tango Gameworks, and Machine Games.
The ZeniMax family of studios is known for many great franchises such as Doom, Dishonored, and Wolfenstein not to mention the Fallout and The Elder Scrolls franchises, so it’s not surprising that this acquisition cost Microsoft a tidy $7.5 billion, the European Commission has finally approved the transaction bringing Microsoft’s first-party studios up to a total of 23 to Sony’s 13.
That being said, a number of PlayStation fans are now scrambling to find out if the famed The Elder Scrolls 6 or the next Fallout will become Xbox exclusives as well as the new franchise Starfield. Bethesda has stated that any prior commitments will be met in regards to PlayStation exclusivity – GhostWire: Tokyo and Deathloop – but have said little in regards to its two flagship franchises.
From a purely business standpoint, it would make very little sense to allow these big franchises to remain multi-platform, keeping them as Xbox exclusives would force gamers to invest in Series X to play the new iteration or at the very least Game Pass, shifting the power of the “Console War” to Microsoft’s side.
But there’s nothing written in stone Phill Spencer has stated “There will be some exclusivity,” in an Xbox Live Wire interview and Bethesda is said to be holding a conference this month to go into more detail on the exclusivity, but for now fans and media are still left without a straight answer. The only concrete thing is only that some new titles will be exclusive, but no titles have been mentioned, as such fans are reading between the lines taking this to mean new IP like Starfeild and future unknowns, but that established titles (like Fallout and The Elder Scrolls) will remain multi-platform.
All we can do is wait for word from Microsoft and Bethesda to find out what future plans are for the studio.
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