Microsoft executive Phil Spencer, the Head of Xbox, posted a message to the Xbox Wire blog Tuesday morning. The post rolled out the welcome mat for ZeniMax Media, Bethesda Softworks’ parent company, after its acquisition by Microsoft. With this merger, Xbox has added 8 additional studios to its existing 15, bringing the company’s new total to 23.
What Does This Mean for Game Pass and Exclusive Titles?
Phil spoke explicitly about Xbox’s intention to provide the best possible foundation to support the developers at each new studio. However, the company was not ready to discuss specific plans just yet. Instead, Phil expressed a general intention with this quote:
“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.”Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox
Phil also thanked the community at large for following Xbox on its journey to bring more games to gamers. Also, as an intended celebration of the merger, additional Bethesda games will join Xbox Game Pass later this week.
This is wonderful news for anyone subscribed to Game Pass or part of the Xbox ecosystem. Many sweeping statements will be made in the coming days and weeks about the exact meaning of Phil’s quote, “…including some new titles in the future that will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players”. However, the vagueness of the quote allows an interpreter to read the tea leaves as they wish. This quote says very little that may be used in prognostication, only that we can certainly expect new exclusive titles in the future. How many? How consistently? It’s anyone’s guess. But, if you like to play games across multiple platforms with ease, Game Pass is looking like your best bet.
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