Some Bethesda games will be Xbox and PC exclusives

Some Bethesda games will be Xbox and PC exclusives

Microsoft has said that some future Bethesda titles will be only playable on Xbox consoles and PC.

In a blog post on Xbox Wire discussing the closure of the $7.5 billion deal, the Big M's games boss Phil Spencer (pictured) said that you will only be able to enjoy some upcoming Bethesda titles in Microsoft's games ecosystem.

"This is the next step in building an industry-leading first-party studios team, a commitment we have to our Xbox community," Spencer wrote.

"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.

"As we shared previously, it’s vitally important that Bethesda continues making games the way it always has. We look forward to empowering Bethesda’s creative teams to reach even more players around the world, helping make future Bethesda titles the biggest and most popular games in their history. Xbox and Bethesda have long shared a common vision for the future of gaming. Both as fans and as creators, Bethesda understands the potential of Xbox Game Pass."

Microsoft announced in September 2020 that it intended to buy Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media for a whopping $7.5 billion. Whether games from Bethesda would appear on other consoles, including those from Sony and Nintendo, has been up in the air since the acquisition was announced. Last November, Microsoft CFO Tim Stuart said that Bethesda titles would need to be "first or better" on the company's platforms.

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