Last month, Microsoft announced the acquisition of ZeniMax Media and its subsidiaries, including Doom, The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, published by Bethesda. Although Microsoft has not detailed its plans to release Bethesda titles in the future, Xbox’s Phil Spencer says the deal price does not require any decisions.
The acquisition cost Microsoft $ 7.5 billion and is expected to be completed soon, but Microsoft has said that existing exclusivity deals for games like Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo on the PlayStation 5 will not be changed. The future of Bethesda titles is less certain, as Microsoft said earlier that it would determine the platforms for releasing games on a case-by-case basis.
Spencer, speaking to Kotaku, did not specify this position, but mentioned that Microsoft has no obligation to run games on platforms it does not control in order to make sense of the financial aspect of the deal.
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Although Spencer does not say directly whether future Bethesda titles will be multiplatform, it now seems clear that Microsoft has the flexibility to decide this without having to think about the cost of buying the publisher. It has also released Microsoft-funded titles on competing platforms, most recently with Nintendo Switch’s Ori and Will of the Wisps. Spencer said in the same interview that he did not see this strategy as sustainable, however.
Elsewhere in the interview, Phil Spencer shares his thoughts on the differences between the Xbox Series X and Series S, saying he believes the latter will be the best-selling in this coming generation. The Xbox Series X and Series S launch on November 10th.