What you need to know
- Microsoft is acquiring ZeniMax Media and all studios and IP it owns.
- The entire catalog of games will now be added to Xbox Game Pass.
- According to Bloomberg, new games may release for other consoles on a 'case by case' basis.
Microsoft made waves today when it announced that it is acquiring ZeniMax, meaning that Bethesda is joining Xbox. This means that all new games from teams like Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks and more will launch into Xbox Game Pass, which has over 15 million subscribers.
In a statement to Bloomberg, Microsoft explained that it intends to honor the current agreements surrounding some timed exclusive titles, meaning Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo will still release as timed PS5 exclusives. Microsoft also states that Bethesda games could come to other consoles on a "case by case" basis.
So if you're looking for an exact list or formula for what games will be exclusive and which ones won't — there isn't one. We'll have to wait and see just what happens over the next couple of years. The new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are set to release on November 10, with preorders opening on September 22.
Best of all worlds
Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold in one
Xbox Game Pass gives you access to over 200 games for one monthly fee. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also adds Xbox Live Gold to the package so you can play online with your friends. You also get access to EA Play.
The full next-generation experience.
Xbox Series X is Microsoft's new flagship, as its most powerful console with over 12TF GPU performance and a custom SSD. It boasts up to 4K resolution and 120 FPS, full backward compatibility across four generations, and ray-tracing support.
Next-gen in HD
Experience next-gen gaming for less.
Microsoft serves the next-generation for less with its budget-friendly Xbox Series S. The console packs the same high-performance CPU and SSD technology as Xbox Series X, while scaling back the GPU and removing the disc drive.
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