Phil Spencer Confirms Some Bethesda Games Will Be Exclusive to Xbox and PC

Phil Spencer Confirms Some Bethesda Games Will Be Exclusive to Xbox and PC

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Microsoft's acquisition of ZeniMax, parent company of Bethesda and several other game studios, is at long last complete, and Phil Spencer wasted no time in confirming what everyone has been curious about. 

"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[emphasis added]," Spencer said in an Xbox Wire post welcoming the entire Bethesda brand to the Xbox Game Studios family.

The reveal comes after months of speculation regarding Microsoft's intent. For what it's worth, we here at OpenCritic, among others, have said all along that you don't spend $7 billion because you feel like sharing, and Spencer's words seem to echo those by Matt Booty in 2019, long before the Bethesda buyout, where he suggested how such a scenario as this would go.

"I think the question is less binary about, 'should it be on Switch?'" said Booty on the Game Informer Show.  "'Should it be on PlayStation?' And more 'Does it make sense for the franchise? In other words, is it a kind of game that would benefit from the network effect of being on a bunch of different platforms or is it a game where we can best support it by putting resources and making sure that our platform - things like xCloud and Game Pass and Xbox Live - are really leaning in to support the game?"

We still don't know exactly which games of Bethesda's will be exclusive and which will not, but putting these two statements together, it would appear games such as Elder Scrolls Online and Fallout 76, "network" games, will remain multiplatform, in addition to future games like them. Meanwhile, single-player experiences such as the next Doom, Wolfenstein, and perhaps even Starfield and The Elder Scrolls, may only be found on Xbox and its Game Pass ecosystem which includes cloud and PC.

You can read Spencer's full welcoming statement on Xbox Wire, or catch a new celebratory video from Bethesda on Twitter.

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