The Bethesda and Microsoft deal has finally gone through, and with the announcement comes the confirmation of game exclusivity on the Xbox.
The deal of Microsoft purchasing Bethesda Game Studios has been a riveting one to watch.
To see Xbox acquire one of the biggest game companies of the 21st century has been fascinating. And now that the insane $7.5 billion purchase has been approved by the EU, nothing is off the table for Microsoft.
What could this merger mean for the future of Bethesda games? How will Microsoft utilize their games, new and old, to shift new Series X and S consoles? Where does this leave Bethesda's premier titles like Elder Scrolls and Fallout?
These questions have been swirling for a long time, and now that the merger is complete, answers are beginning to trickle out. And we've found out what to expect from Bethesda on Xbox consoles in the near future.
Microsoft Confirms Bethesda Exclusivity on Xbox
Writing in a post on the Xbox site, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has spoken on the Bethesda acquisition, and what could come in the future. Spencer mentions Xbox's plans for the exclusivity of some of the company's games;
"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."Phil Spencer on Xbox's acquisition of Bethesda.
So, it looks like Spencer has confirmed that new and upcoming Bethesda titles will have an exclusive tie to Xbox consoles and PC. It's also clear that the Game Pass will be receiving an influx of Bethesda titles coming soon.
It's a great time to be on the gaming service, too; the latest announcement of Game Pass games was massively exciting.
This makes it very likely that the upcoming RPG Starfield will be tied to Microsoft.
This is a strategic move on Xbox's part, especially considering the huge hype around the game.
But, it's hard to tell what kind of upcoming games will be a part of this exclusivity. Does this include new entries to older franchises, such as Elder Scrolls, or Fallout?
Could the newer Bethesda titles be pinned to Xbox from here on out, like the popular reboots of the Doom and Wolfenstein franchises? Maybe even the upcoming Bethesda Indiana Jones game could be an Xbox exclusive?
Only time will tell, but we can't wait to see what is in store for Microsoft after this exciting merger.
After this big announcement, and in a time of other exciting prospects for Microsoft, there's no better time to be an Xbox fan.
We're also set to get more news regarding the Bethesday merger very soon; a big Bethesda Broadcast is coming from Microsoft later this week.
Plus, even more innovation is coming from Microsoft, it would seem. A leak has suggested that Xbox could be working on a portable console.