It's official. The partnership between Bethesda and Xbox is complete. Microsoft has acquired ZeniMax media, and with the last bits and pieces getting cleaned up in the acquisition comes a little news - Xbox and Bethesda are indeed working on Xbox exclusives.
A post has gone up today officially marking the full acquisition of the game company ZeniMax Media. You'll know it as the parent brand of id Software, Bethesda, Arkane Studios, and games like Deathloop, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, DOOM, Dishonored, Fallout, and more. ZeniMax's long list of top-selling games and franchises is incredible, and now Microsoft is in charge of what happens to its games going forward.
Since the reveal of the acquisition back in 2020, there has been a question hanging above the heads of the companies - will the acquisition of Bethesda, and all the other studios, mean games from these studios be Xbox exclusives? When we see The Elder Scrolls VI will it not be available to PlayStation players? Well, that question still remains - though Xbox's boss has made it clear that Microsoft wouldn't need to sell the game on PlayStation for it to be profitable.
What we do know now, though, is that there will be exclusives - Bethesda games that will only be found in the Xbox ecosystem. Although the post starts with "Now that everything is official, we can begin working together to deliver more great games to everyone" - "everyone" looks to be everyone using Xboxes or Xbox Game Pass.
The important part of the post reads, "This is the next step in building an industry-leading first party studios team, a commitment we have to our Xbox community. 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."
So exclusives are confirmed then. Right now I'd bet that Starfield the sci-fi project that Bethesda has been working on for a while will be an Xbox exclusive at the very least - a new game series means there are no expectations for where it's going to debut yet. But until Xbox talks to us more about the future of the partnership we're just waiting to see what consoles we'll need to play Bethesda games in the years to come.
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