While some Bethesda games will become Xbox exclusives following the acquisition, these two games will remain PS5 exclusives.
The ink on the Microsoft buyout of Bethesda is dry; it’s happening. And a lot of things may change as a result.
Many PlayStation owners are concerned that many of their favorite Bethesda franchises will become Xbox exclusives.
This is especially frustrating to those who bought a PS5 but now feel pressured into buying an Xbox Series X/S too. At least if they want to stay up to date with certain games.
Microsoft’s reason to purchase Bethesda was clear from the get-go; they needed more Xbox exclusives. – And this was a great way to secure some.
Even in the past few days, Microsoft has confirmed some Bethesda franchises will become Xbox exclusives going forward. This was always going to be the case.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer said, “This is the next step in building an industry-leading first-party studios team, a commitment we have to our Xbox community.”
However, Microsoft are yet to confirm which franchises will become Xbox-only titles going forward. They may provide an update today at their Bethesda broadcast, but it’s also possible that they’ve not fully decided yet.
Making all Bethesda games Xbox exclusives would be a risky strategy when it comes to sales. But choosing a select few could be beneficial in the long run.
It would allow Bethesda to pull in money from Nintendo and Sony with some games. While other games help to stimulate Xbox console sales.
We’ve speculated that The Elder Scrolls 6 may have been too far into production for that franchise to go fully Xbox exclusive. But when it comes to Starfield, Fallout, Doom, Wolfenstein, it’s anyone’s guess.
Bethesda Games Remaining On PS5
Microsoft has confirmed that they will be honoring any existing deals between Sony and Bethesda. Reports said that Bethesda scrambled to create new third-party deals before the buyout became official.
In an interview with Game Informer, Bethesda clarified that game development for PS5 would continue. Also, those games developed as PS5 exclusives will remain that way.
The two titles referenced, either in this interview or elsewhere, were Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo. The Bethesda spokesperson said:
“The acquisition hasn’t affected day-to-day development of Deathloop, which we’re developing exclusively for PlayStation 5 on console and also PC.”
Since the EU formally approved the Bethesda / Microsoft deal, the company has already started implementing its strategy. Bethesda games are already coming to Xbox Game Pass this week.
More Bethesda titles are expected to drop later in 2021 too, which is a considerable gain for Xbox Game Pass members. A new leak may also have revealed which ones.
The Microsoft event today will begin at 10pm PT, 1pm ET and 6pm GMT. We’re very much looking forward to hearing what both companies have to say.