Last month Microsoft announced the acquisition of ZeniMax Media and its subsidiaries, including Doom, The Elder Scroll, and Fallout publisher Bethesda. While Microsoft has yet to elaborate on its release plans for future Bethesda titles, Xbox’s Phil Spencer said the deal price does not force any decisions.
The acquisition cost Microsoft $ 7.5 billion and is expected to close soon, but Microsoft said existing exclusivity deals for games like Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo on the PlayStation 5 will not change. The future of Bethesda titles is less certain, however, with Microsoft previously stating that it will determine release platforms for games on a “case-by-case”; basis.
Spencer, speaking to Kotaku, did not elaborate on that stance, but noted that Microsoft has no obligation to release games on platforms it does not control for the financial aspect of the deal to make sense.
“[W]we have xCloud and PC and Game Pass and our console base, I do not have to send those games to any other platform other than the platforms we support to get us the deal. Whatever that means, “Spencer replied when asked about whether Microsoft needed to sell The Elder Scrolls VI on the PS5 to offset the costs.
Although Spencer did not directly say if future Bethesda titles would be multi-platform, it now seems clear that Microsoft has the flexibility to decide not to think about publisher purchase costs. It also released Microsoft-funded titles on competing platforms, most recently with Ori and Will of the Wisps on the Nintendo Switch. Spencer also mentioned in the same interview that he does not see that technique as sustainable, however.
Elsewhere in the interview Phil Spencer shares his thoughts on the differences between the Xbox Series X and Series S, saying he believes the latter will be the best seller in the coming generation. The launch of Xbox Series X and Series S on November 10.