Microsoft has confirmed that select new Bethesda games will be exclusive to the Xbox and PC platforms. The news comes from Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, who published a blog post this morning revealing that Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, is now complete. Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios are now officially the newest members of Xbox Game Studios.
“This is the next step in building an industry-leading first party studios team, a commitment we have to our Xbox community,” Spencer wrote. “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.”
“As we shared previously, it’s vitally important that Bethesda continues making games the way it always has. We look forward to empowering Bethesda’s creative teams to reach even more players around the world, helping make future Bethesda titles the biggest and most popular games in their history. Xbox and Bethesda have long shared a common vision for the future of gaming. Both as fans and as creators, Bethesda understands the potential of Xbox Game Pass.”
While Microsoft has agreed to honor Bethesda’s existing terms of agreements to make Arcane’s Deathloop and Tango Gameworks’ Ghostwire: Tokyo exclusive to PlayStation 5, future Bethesda hits such as The Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield, a sci-fi RPG, could very well be available to play only on Xbox and PC. The majority of these titles is also expected to release day and date on Microsoft’s highly successful game subscription service, Xbox Game Pass.