When Microsoft acquired ZeniMax for a cool $7.5 billion, speculation was widespread about what that suggests for the future of franchises under that publisher’s umbrella. Most especially, titles under Bethesda’s instructions such as Elder Scrolls 6 and Fallout 5. While we ourselves did a deep dive into the probability of those series going Xbox-just from a marketing and company viewpoint, we still do not have a conclusive response in any case. That being stated, Xbox manager Phil Spencer did repeat that no matter what their choice, it remains in their rights to do whatever they choose. 

In a current interview with Kotaku, Spencer stated that yes, it is possible for the group to recover on that $7.5 billion financial investment and restated that this acquisition was “refrained from doing to take video games far from another gamer base like that.” That reaction falls in line with the Xbox brand name’s overall objective overhaul from the stopped working launch of the Xbox One, moving the Team Green brand name back into the focus of players and less as an “all-in-one” home entertainment system. 

With a concentrate on players and dealing with other business like Nintendo and Valve, Microsoft has actually shattered numerous platform barriers in the last 18 months. With EA Play’s combination and numerous first-party video games making their method onto Steam, the barrier in between PC and Xbox is slimmer than ever in the past. Pair that with the continuous discussions occurring with Nintendo and Spencer’s duplicated proclaimation about signing up with forces with all video gaming business to making computer game friendly for all, and his reaction about the acquisition makes good sense. 

The interview continued and the next line appears to have numerous anxious, and reports spinning off of the preliminary interview have not assisted. The last 2 years have actually been among reconstructing for Xbox, which has actually led to a lull of obvious modification because much of those shifts are happening behind the scenes. With an amazing quantity of studios gotten in addition to the guarantee of a more “inclusive” video gaming experience for players of all platform choices, Microsoft remains in a unique position that they weren’t in a couple of years ago: they do not always requirement those acquisitions to equate straight into platform-specific exclusives. 

As we have actually discussed formerly, it is completely most likely that video games like Starfield will be Xbox/PC-exclusives due to the reality that they are expected titles with blank slate neighborhoods. Nobody understands about that video game, not truly, so it can be a ground-up possibility to be the next Halo in regards to being a flagship staple. On the other hand, to remove a core franchise like Elder Scrolls that has actually a currently developed fanbase throughout all platforms at this phase in their reparative method would be impactful in an unfavorable manner in which opposes whatever Microsoft has actually integrated in the last 2 years. It’s since of that focused effort and structured marketing method that I believe that if we see a The Elders Scrolls 6 excluvity at all, it might effectively be a timed-agreement just. And that’s if it takes place at all.

Still, in the recent interview, Spencer did add that the team is thinking extensively about “where people are going to be playing and the number of devices that we had, and we have xCloud and PC and Game Pass and our console base, I don’t have to ship those games on any other platform other than the platforms that we support in order to kind of make the deal work for us. Whatever that means.” 

Immediately, fans of Bethesda took that to an unconfirmed confirmation that Elder Scrolls 6 would be an exclusive after all. To me, it doesn’t read that way necessarily. One, it is always bad form to just assume when something isn’t clearly stated. Two, the way the wording is, it sounds like he’s more addressing all of the mass amounts of input from the community in the form of articles, videos, and very heated debates. To me, it reads like a line drawn of ‘We could do whatever we want’ but that doesn’t mean Microsoft will. 

At the end of the day, only time will tell. As we’ve stated already, if this acquisition happened even two years ago, this conversation would be totally different. It would be an almost guarantee that all of the games inherited would be exclusive. But Microsoft has changed the game of exclusivity immensely when they completely overhauled their strategy into more of a service rather than a hardware focus. At this point, we have to take Spencer, and their team, at their word and wait to see what takes place. 

Luckily (or unluckily, depending on how you look at it), both major Bethesda franchises that individuals keep talking about are years and years away. A lot can change in that time, including Microsoft’s approach to their own ecosystem. 

What do you think about Spencer’s statements about exclusivity going forward, especially in relation to a game like Elder Scrolls 6? Did you check out the entire article before telling us we’re off of our rocker? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below and inform us what you believe!

[Source: Kotaku]