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Xbox's Phil Spencer Hints That Most Bethesda Games Will Be Exclusives Soon

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It's been widely speculated whether or not future Bethesda games, such as The Elder Scrolls VI or future Fallout games, will be exclusive to Xbox or if they'll still be available on PlayStation consoles, and Xbox's Phil Spencer has indicated that platform exclusivity is likely incoming for most (and possibly eventually all) of the publisher's titles. Bethesda is finally an official part of Xbox Game Studios, and fans finally have more of a concrete answer to one of their biggest questions.

There has been a fair amount of controversy surrounding Xbox's surprise move to buy Bethesda, most notably focusing on the fact that some of the biggest franchises in gaming may no longer come to every console. Some feel that Microsoft should make these franchises fully exclusive, while others argue that it would be too unfair or restrictive to restrict massive games like Fallout and DOOM exclusively on Xbox. The gaming community is split on the matter, and many point out that it would be a bit odd for Microsoft to drop $7 billion on one of the industry's biggest publishers just to put its games on competing platforms.

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer addressed the matter (more or less) head-on during a new round-table with Xbox and Bethesda executives. It seems that unless PlayStation and Nintendo get access to Xbox Game Pass, then most Bethesda titles will be exclusive to Xbox platforms and PC. There are some games, such as Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo, that have prior contractual obligations that will not be broken, and Microsoft pledges to continue to support games that are already on existing platforms, but beyond that, Bethesda games seem to be squarely in Xbox's court. "If you're an Xbox customer, the thing I want you to know is this is about delivering great exclusive games for you that ship on platforms where Game Pass exists," said Spencer.

Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo are currently locked in for their timed-exclusive PlayStation 5 releases, but the future for other games still remains slightly unclear. The possibility of a last-minute move that brings Xbox Game Pass to PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch, but even the very publicly competition-friendly Xbox likely wouldn't go for that. As for what players can expect in the immediate future, Bethesda will also be adding 20 titles to Xbox Game Pass on March 12, ranging from classic DOOM titles, The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind through Skyrim, and Bethesda's Fallout series. This move handily demonstrates the immense amount of value that the publisher brings to Xbox with just its back catalog alone.

Whether or not a game like MachineGames' Indiana Jones has any sort of contractual obligation from Disney to ensure it remains multiplatform is currently unknown. Prior to Disney's acquisition of LucasFilm, there were some Star Wars titles that remained console-exclusives. However, gaming has greatly expanded in popularity and risk since then, so Disney may want to capitalize on every platform beyond Xbox. Time will tell just how exclusive Bethesda games like Indiana Jones, Starfield, and The Elder Scrolls 6, will actually be.

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