With the approval of the European Commission, Microsoft ad who completed the Bethesda purchase for $ 7.5 billion. Not only does the above mean that all of the company’s games will make their way to Game Pass, but eventually some will be left out of PlayStation.
The theme of the exclusivity on Xbox and PC It’s been around a lot since the announcement in September 2020 and no one knows the details for sure. So far it is known that Bethesda will honor its agreement with Sony and will launch Deathloop Y Ghostwire: Tokyo, two games coming to the PS5 this year.
Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, revealed months ago in an interview with Kotaku
New games in the future will be exclusive to Xbox and PC
Interestingly, Spencer himself said today that «new titles in the future will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players«. The head of the games division at Microsoft officially welcomed to Bethesda to the Xbox family, anticipating that they will begin to work on creating great games for everyone.
This is the next step in building an industry-leading team of proprietary studios, a commitment we have to our Xbox community. With the addition of Bethesda’s creative teams, gamers should know that Xbox, PC, and Game Pass consoles will be the best place to experience new Bethesda games, including some new titles in the future that will be exclusive to Xbox players and PC.
Xbox boss mentioned that Bethesda will continue to develop its games as it always has. and that they hope to empower the company’s creative teams “to reach more players from around the world.” Does that universe include PlayStation users?
Bethesda games coming to PlayStation
Bethesda’s upcoming games will be analyzed individually in terms of exclusivity. From the start, Deathloop Y Ghostwire: Tokyo if they will come out on PS5 because there is a contract prior to the acquisition. Another that would also see the light on PlayStation would be the game of Indiana Jones
License-based video games are rarely exclusive to one platform, and a franchise like Indiana Jones would ensure million-dollar sales. The same is true of well-established intellectual properties, such as The Elder Scrolls.
Todd Howard himself confessed in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz What is it hard to imagine that a game like The Elder Scrolls VI would be out of PlayStation. This is important if we take into account that Skyrim it was released on almost every console and was the subject of memes for this decision.
It is possible that Microsoft hold Starfield like a letter to push Xbox and PC exclusives against Sony. You could also draw on upcoming projects from other Bethesda studios, such as Arkane or Tango Gameworks.
Knowing the cross-platform philosophy of Microsoft, it is likely that many exclusives are only temporary and later they hit PlayStation, or even Nintendo.