On the opening day of the Xbox pre-order, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer dropped a huge bomb on its competitor, Sony. Phil Spencer announced that Microsoft acquired ZeniMax Media, Bethesda Softworks’ parent company.
What does this mean
Basically, this means that Microsoft now owns rights to several popular games under Bethesda like The Elder Scrolls, Doom, Wolfenstein, Dishonored, and the upcoming sci-fi RPG Starfield.
Now that Microsoft owns the rights to these games, would we see these games exclusively on Xbox?
The 7.5 billion deal will close in the 2nd quarter of 2021. Bethesda’s latest game, Deathloop is a PlayStation 5 exclusive. What happens now?
In a tweet made by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, he says that Phil Spencer clarified that Microsoft will honor current PlayStation 5 exclusive titles Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo. Other games would be a “case-to-case basis”.
For now, anything that has been developed for the PlayStation 5 will probably continue. What’s not clear is what the future holds for unreleased series and games from Bethesda like The Elder Scrolls and Doom franchise.
Will we be seeing The Elder Scroll 6, Dishonored 3, and Fallout 6 slapped with an Xbox exclusive sticker soon?
And if they will stop support for other game platforms like the PlayStation and Nintendo Switch.
While there are Microsoft-owned titles like Minecraft giving support to other consoles. Only time could tell what the future holds for these games.
Should PlayStation owners and fans be worried?
If you’re planning to play the current Bethesda PlayStation exclusives Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo, then you shouldn’t be worried.
But for the future titles, they could, and probably will be Xbox exclusives. If you have a PC, then you shouldn’t be worried that much because Microsoft stated that all Xbox titles will also be available for PC.
If you don’t have a PC, then it’s a good time to think about saving for an Xbox console just to play some of your favorite titles.
What do you think about Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda? Is it good news or bad news?
Let us know in the comments.