With news that the big Microsoft and Bethesda deal is finally official, Microsoft has sent out a press release welcoming Bethesda into the fold! In that welcome note, the company confirmed that some Bethesda titles will be exclusive to the Xbox and PC.
The eight studios acquired as part of the deal are: Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios. Microsoft has confirmed that more Bethesda games will be coming to Xbox Game Pass “later this week,” and some as-of-yet unknown games will be exclusive to the Xbox ecosystem.
This is the next step in building an industry-leading first party studios team, a commitment we have to our Xbox community. With the addition of the Bethesda creative teams, gamers should know that Xbox consoles, PC, and Game Pass will be the best place to experience new Bethesda games, including some new titles in the future that will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players.
For PlayStation and Nintendo Switch owners, this is a huge blow. That said, it is to be expected given how platforms usually thrive on console exclusives.