While it is not out of the question that Bethesda games will appear on other platforms, Microsoft can justify the acquisition of Bethesda by releasing its games only on Xbox consoles and PC.
That reports Xbox boss Phil Spencer in a interview met Kotaku. Ever since Microsoft’s purchase of Bethesda’s parent company Zenimax, gamers have been wondering if Bethesda games can still run on other systems. Or would games like The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield be released exclusively on Xbox consoles and PC? Spencer does not directly confirm or deny this, but does say that future Bethesda games on Xbox consoles and PC will be enough to eventually recoup the $ 7.5 billion spent.
This deal was not made to take games from other systems. Nowhere in the documentation did it say, “How do we stop other players from playing these games?” We want more people to be able to play games, not less people. But I also have to say – and I’ll answer the question you are asking right away – when I think of the places where people can play these games – we have xCloud, PC, Game Pass and our consoles – we don’t have the games outside of other platforms. the ones we support to make the deal work. Whatever that means.
So Spencer doesn’t confirm that Bethesda games will never appear on competing systems again, but he also says there isn’t necessarily a need to recoup the costs.
Spencer also talks about the partnership between Microsoft and Nintendo in the interview. Banjo and Kazooie, for example, were previously on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the Ori games have appeared on the Switch. He reports that these were exceptions and is unlikely to happen often. According to him, the release of more Xbox exclusives on the Switch is ‘not sustainable’. It is possible that, for example, Xbox Game Pass will come to the Switch, but that is up to Nintendo.