After the megaton announcement that shook the gaming industry, Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer has clarified that Bethesda “will run semi-independently”, as the whole acquisition deal was not “about becoming us.”
In an interview with CNET, Spencer said that the terms of the deal will allow Bethesda to still be the company that builds massively successful games and how everything is still about the culture of the studios under Bethesda, even after Microsoft has taken them under their wing.
It seems that Microsoft is still giving Bethesda a great deal of freedom to go about its ways, but obviously these are business terms being thrown around and is not as simple as we think it is, especially without knowing what the extent of exclusivity is.
While it is not yet fully confirmed whether all of Bethesda’s titles will see the light of day on other platforms like the PlayStation 5 or the Nintendo Switch, what is certain is that Game Pass will be receiving a direct injection of insane value, allowing games from the studios that brought you Dishonored, Doom, and Skyrim to be playable on the subscription service from day one.
Pete Hines, SVP of PR and Marketing of Bethesda, did mention the same thing during the acquisition a couple of days ago, saying that they are “still Bethesda. We’re still working on the same games we were yesterday, made by the same studios we’ve worked with for years, and those games will be published by us.”
Bethesda’s Todd Howard also says that “this one is about more than one system or one screen. We share a deep belief in the fundamental power of games, in their ability to connect, empower, and bring joy. And a belief we should bring that to everyone – regardless of who you are, where you live, or what you play on. Regardless of the screen size, the controller, or your ability to even use one.”
If anything, we do know that this deal greatly benefits Microsoft and the millions of Xbox fans around the world. How this affects the other platforms remains to be seen but overall, the upcoming generation is already the spiciest it has ever been and it hasn’t even begun.