Last month Microsoft announced the acquisition of ZeniMax Media and its subsidiaries, including Doom, The Elder Scrolls, and Fallout publisher Bethesda. While Microsoft has not detailed its release plans for Bethesda titles, later on, Xbox’s Phil Spencer says that the purchase price of the deal isn’t forcing any decisions.
The purchase cost Microsoft $7.5 billion and is expected to close shortly, but Microsoft has said that present exclusivity deals for matches such as Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo on the PlayStation 5 won’t be changed. The near future of Bethesda names is less certain, however, with Microsoft previously saying that it would decide release platforms for matches on a”case-by-case” basis.
Spencer, speaking to Kotaku, didn’t elaborate on such a stance, but did mention that Microsoft does not have any duty to release titles on platforms it doesn’t control for the fiscal aspect of the deal to generate sense.
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“[W]e have xCloud and PC and Game Pass and also our games console foundation, I do not need to go boat those matches on any other platform aside from the platforms which we support in order to kind of make the deal work for all us. Whatever that means,” responded Spencer when asked regarding whether Microsoft will have to sell The Elder Scrolls VI on PS5 to recoup costs.
Though Spencer doesn’t outright say if future Bethesda titles will probably be multi-platform, it does seem clear today that Microsoft has the flexibility to decide without needing to think of the costs of the publisher’s purchase. It has also released Microsoft-funded names on competing platforms, most recently with Ori and the Will of the Wisps on Nintendo Switch. Spencer does mention in precisely the exact same interview he doesn’t observe that approach as sustainable, however.
Elsewhere in the interview, Phil Spencer shares his thoughts on the differences between the Xbox Series X and Series S, stating that he considers the latter will eventually be the best-seller during this coming generation. The Xbox Series X and Series S launching on November 10.