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Bethesda games will come to Xbox Game Pass, may come to other consoles on a 'case by case' basis

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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.

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  • It makes sense, as Microsoft continues to acquire game studios, that they will sometimes offer games on other platforms. Microsoft has successfully maintained and implemented this approach for a while now ... see Minecraft, for example.
  • Minecraft isn't a massive system seller like Cyberpunk or GTA. Buy Take-Two and tell Song to **** off!!
  • It's not a massive system seller because they allowed it for all systems. Which has made it a very lucrative game.
  • Yeah, music sucks!
  • They bought ZeniMax for $7.5 billion. Take-Two is valued at more than $18 billion. It's not like they can just buy whatever they want, no concerns for price.
  • I mean, Zenimax and Take Two together wouldn't even drop them below the $1.5 trillion mark. That's $1,500,000,000,000... If they wanted Take Two, money would not be the thing to stop then.
  • I think you can dig deeper than that, look at Windows. Microsoft doesn't care anymore if you're using Windows, it's become totally irrelevant to their business model. As long as you use their services, they don't care what client software and hardware you use. Game pass on the switch... Now that would be cool.
  • Wow. This post has almost as many links as words. Was there a point to this other than the headline given you have already covered this in other posts?
  • Major Flex by Microsoft this along with the other studio and EA support on Gamepass makes it even more of a no brainer for PC/Xbox users
  • So these two big PS5 exclusives will be generating revenue for MS. Lol, poor Sony fanboys, they must be LIVID.
  • Why would they care? They still get the games.
  • Some hardcore fans care about those things that are irrelevant to normal people. You know how children are.
  • To be fair they aren’t Sony exclusives. They are times exclusives meaning launching on PS5 first.
  • I know, timed exclusives are still exclusives depending how you look at it.
  • Sony would have paid for that timed exclusivity.
  • So does this mean dishonored 2 isn't leaving at the end of the month any more?
  • It's pretty obvious. So all MMO type games they make will absolutely be on all systems. It makes total sense to do that. Elder Scrolls Online etc. Your singleplayer games Ala Edler Scrolls 6, Fallout ( Inexile can now make another Fallout if they wish) won't be. There is a reason Phil mentions that after Deathloop and the other PS title they are honoring that all future titles will be Xbox + PC. So any games as a service MMO types will be multiplatform. Pretty obvious this one.
  • What I'm reading from this is that huge games like starfield are going to be Multi-platform, but smaller games like Evil Within are going to be exclusives. Still need to wait and see.