Microsoft is hot on the heels of Sony in the race to dominate both the video game streaming and console markets, and this September 21 acquisition gives the company access to a swath of extremely popular and valuable intellectual property.
Bethesda had previously agreed to debut two of its upcoming games, Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo, on Sony's new PlayStation rather than Xbox. One of the things that has me most excited is seeing the roadmap with Bethesda's future games, some announced and many unannounced, to Xbox console and PC including Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic now in development by Bethesda Game Studios.
Back in July, Spencer said that exclusives are completely counter to what gaming is about. When Phil Spencer says they're not into exclusives, I'm inclined to believe him. The new game consoles will be competing against Sony's $500 PlayStation 5 and $400 discless PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, also coming out in November.
"Like our original partnership [with Xbox for Morrowind], this one is about more than one system or one screen".
This could, of course, be referring to Xbox's existing openness - its multi-generational release structure for games, and new cloud streaming services.
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While not a direct confirmation that Microsoft intends to keep Bethesda games multiplatform, it's a fairly encouraging sign at this very early stage of a deal with implications that most of us still haven't fully wrapped our heads around. However, it appears Microsoft has one more card up their sleeves.
Bethesda Game Studios' Todd Howard shared a lengthy statement of his own. The ZeniMax studios are joining Bungie (Halo), Rare (Sea of Thieves), Mojang (Minecraft), Ninja Theory (Hellblade), Playground Games (Forza), Obsidian Entertainment (The Outer Worlds) and many others.
The Microsoft move has lifted fans' spirits and many people believe that Sony will respond to the occasion with the acquisition of another developer.
Starfield has yet to attract a release date but is believed to be next out the door from Bethesda, with The Elder Scrolls 6 even further away.
The deciding factor, potentially, could come down to appearances.