The head of Xbox gave an interview to Kotaku, during which he said that in his opinion, Bethesda games do not have to go to PlayStation 5 to take over ZeniMax Media worth $ 7.5 billion. it was profitable.
When Microsoft bought the publisher ZeniMax Media for a record $ 7.5 billion a few weeks ago, I was of the opinion that Bethesda games will continue to appear on PlayStation. Buying a publisher is something quite different than buying a single development studio, and ZeniMax is too large a machine to cut it off from the most popular console of the current generation and PS5.
Phil Spencer believes, however, that he does not have to release games for Sony platforms.
During intelligence with the editor Kotaku, the head of the Xbox was asked if the $ 7.5 billion investment could be profitable without selling Bethesda brands on PlayStation consoles. Phil Spencer’s response was overwhelming (editorial translation):
Yes, it can be profitable. However, I would like to point out that our contract was not concluded to deprive some group of gaming customers. You won’t find any notes in our contract that suggest isolating players’ data because they have specific equipment. As a rule of thumb, we want more and more people to play with the games, not less and less.
However, to answer your question, I must point out that we already have a number of different platforms. There is xCloud, there is Game Pass, there is PC and there are our consoles. I really don’t need to spend games (Bethesda – ed.) On other platforms to make our investment pay off. Whatever it may sound like.
Fallout and The Elder Scrolls will not appear on PlayStation 5?
This is an open question that no one can answer with certainty. However, taking into account the specifics of ZeniMax Media’s activities, the publisher’s previous practice, its publishing policy and existing commitments, it seems more likely to publish games on PS5 than intentionally blocking and isolating the Sony platform.
In my opinion, the most likely scenario is that the top ZeniMax brands such as Fallout, Doom and The Elder Scrolls will appear on all possible platforms. A completely new IP is another matter. Microsoft has certainly secured appropriate funds and resources in the ZeniMax Media structures to increase the attractiveness of the Xbox-only offer. However, we will not know the first fruits of such actions until a few years later.
It’s worth mentioning that Microsoft doesn’t have to block Fallout and The Elder Scrolls on PS5to make your own platforms more attractive. It is enough that each subsequent installment of these beloved series will appear in Game Pass, of course immediately on the day of the premiere. At the same time, PS5 users would have to pay $ 70 per box, according to an increased price list proposed by Sony itself. Such a picture would be very telling.