Xbox boss Phil Spencer suggests that we will NOT see future Bethesda games, such as The Elder Scrolls VI, on other non-Microsoft platforms … although his answer is somewhat mixed.
An extensive interview with Phil Spencer, Head of XboxIn the Kotaku medium, it has left us with more doubts than before about whether future Bethesda games will come out on consoles other than Microsoft’s.
As you may recall, Microsoft had bought Zenimax (Bethesda) for a whopping $ 7.5 billion. Kotaku journalist Stephen Totilo asked Spencer if it was possible to recoup such an investment if they can’t sell games like The Elder Scrolls VI or Starfield on PlayStation. The answer was a resounding yes, they will be able to make the deal workable without having to release the games on PS5, although the clarifications that came later were enigmatic.
“This agreement it was not made to remove games to another player base in this way. Nowhere in the document do we talk about ‘how to prevent other players from playing these games’. We want more people to be able to play these games, not less. “
However, he later explains that, “considering the number of people who are going to be playing on our devices, such as xCloud, PC, Game Pass and our consoles, I will not release these games on any other platform than the platforms we have to make the deal work for us. “
What this suggests is that no, we will not see TES VI and other games on other consolesas they consider Microsoft’s player base (and that includes PC and mobile via Game Pass or xCloud, in addition to Xbox consoles) is big enough to deliver on that promise of “bringing games to more people than before.”
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Not even Nintendo would slip out of that bag, despite the good relationship between the two companies and the many talks Spencer claims to have with CEO Shuntaro Furukaway and Nintendo America President Doug Bowser. The arrival of Ori’s games on Nintendo Switch, including Ori and the Will of the Wisps, was due to the wishes of the Moon Studios studio, which is not part of Microsoft (and will now publish the games not with Microsoft, but with Take Two).
Spencer “Doesn’t See Sustainable” Consider Xbox Games Case-by-Case on Switch. For the deal to work, they would have to include Nintendo Switch in the entire Xbox ecosystem, with Xbox Live or Xbox Game Pass, and he says he doesn’t think Nintendo, or Sony by extension, is interested in such a thing.
Well then,Bethesda games may be released on other platforms? It is impossible to have a clear answer at this time, and the official position of the company is neither a Yes nor a No. Previously, they already said that they would study the games on a case-by-case basis in order to launch them on platforms other than Microsoft. Ironically, the two most immediate Bethesda games, Ghostwire Tokyo and Deathloop, they had prior temporary exclusivity agreements with PS5 that will be honored.
What happens in the future, with the new DOOM, Wolfenstein, Dishonored or Fallout, we will not see for a long time …