Xbox head Phil Spencer reported this during the roundtable meeting held tonight by Microsoft and Bethesda. Microsoft finalized the purchase of Bethesda and parent company ZeniMax this week, and there has been a lot of confusion among gamers as to how far Bethesda games will appear on other platforms.
Spencer indicated during the conversation that he knows that this issue is an issue with many fans. “I can’t say here that all Bethesda games are exclusive because we know this is wrong. There are contractual obligations that we are going to adhere to, as we always do.” Spencer does not mention specific names, but is most likely talking about Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo, two games that will be released exclusively on PlayStation 5 at least for a limited time. The deals for these games were made by Microsoft before the Bethesda purchase.
Spencer continues: “There are also games that already exist on other systems and we will continue to support those games on those systems. There are communities of players, we love those players and we continue to invest in them. ” An example of a game that can fall under this is The Elder Scrolls Online, although Spencer does not specifically mention this name.
“And also in the In the future, there may be things that we have contractual obligations to or that have a history on certain systems, but if you’re an Xbox consumer, I want you to know that this is all about delivering great, exclusive games that come out on systems where Game Pass on exists. ” The systems that Game Pass is currently available on are Xbox consoles, PC and mobile (via cloud).
“That’s our goal , this is why we do this, this is at the heart of this partnership we are building, and the creative possibilities we can begin to bring to our Xbox consumers are better than ever for Xbox. ”
During the roundtable, it was not confirmed whether upcoming, highly anticipated games like The Elder Scrolls 6 or Starfield will be available exclusively on Xbox consoles and PC. However, Spencer’s quote seems to hint at that.