Phil Spencer: Bethesda being part of Xbox is about delivering exclusive games 'where Game Pass exists'

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What you need to know

  • A roundtable today focused on Bethesda becoming part of Xbox.
  • During the livestream, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer talked about exclusivity of games from Bethesda Softworks.
  • Spencer explained that there will be contractual obligations but that Bethesda is delivering exclusive games on platforms "where Game Pass exists."

During today's Xbox and Bethesda roundtable discussion, the topic of exclusivity around Bethesda Softworks games came up again. While again refraining from mentioning exact names, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer noted that there are certain contractual obligations for titles to still come to other platforms, undoubtedly referring to Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo, which are timed PS5 console exclusives.

Outside of these contractual exceptions, Spencer offered a statement that seems pretty clear moving ahead."...if you're an Xbox customer, the thing I want you to know is this is about delivering great exclusive games for you that ship on platforms where Game Pass exists, and that's our goal," Spencer said.

It's still not a definitive list but this does mean that if you're interested in playing everything from Bethesda Softworks in the future, you'll want to have an Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S or PC. All Bethesda games (outside of the aforementioned exceptions) will also launch day and date on Xbox Game Pass.

Samuel Tolbert
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