Xbox Head says the main reason Bethesda is buying is Game Pass
Earlier this year, Microsoft revealed that it was going to be purchase of ZeniMax Media (an acquisition he just finalized today), which meant he was buying Bethesda, whose games will land on Xbox Game Pass tomorrow.
When the initial acquisition was announced, one of the main questions people were asking was whether this meant that future Bethesda games would be exclusive to PCs and consoles. If it did, it would essentially lock down PlayStation and Nintendo.
But today, Xbox Head Phil Spencer revealed the main reason for acquiring ZeniMax Media, and therefore Bethesda. This was to strengthen the Xbox Game Pass portfolio. Not to make sure he had a large bunch of incredibly popular franchises that he could make Xbox and PC exclusive.
Bethesda joining Xbox was all about Game Pass
One thing that needs to be clear is that this doesn’t mean there will never be any Xbox-exclusive Bethesda games.
Spencer noted that it has always been about Game pass. However, it was never mentioned that there would be no Xbox console or PC exclusive titles. That being said, the primary reason for the acquisition is to help deliver great game titles to Xbox Game Pass.
Not all titles under the Bethesda umbrella will be Game Pass exclusive either. As some already exist on other platforms and there are no plans to remove them. A few titles in particular are a good example. DOOM Eternal, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, and The Elder Scrolls Online.
All three are available on Stadia and will continue to be. They are also available on Xbox Game Pass starting tomorrow. During today’s Bethesda Joins Xbox Roundtable, Spencer said, “It’s about bringing you great games that are delivered on platforms where Game Pass exists.”
Other platforms will continue to be supported
To help allay some of the potential fears, Spencer also mentioned that support will continue for other platforms.
By stating “we have games that exist on other platforms, and we will be supporting those games on the platforms they are on.” Spencer added that the company will continue to invest in the gaming communities that have been built around these games.
That said, it’s very likely that some Bethesda games will ultimately be Xbox exclusive. Specifically, where you can access the Game Pass service. This means that future Bethesda titles that fall into this category would be available on Xbox consoles, Windows PCs and Android devices, and eventually iOS devices.
But Xbox Game Pass is not available on PlayStation or Nintendo consoles. So there are chances that there are games that will not make it to these platforms at some point. Even so far into the future.