Phil Spencer confirms that some Bethesda games will be exclusive to the Xbox console

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Yesterday, the European Union approved Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media and all of its game studio subsidiaries. It didn’t take long for Microsoft to react, with Xbox Boss Phil Spencer announcing that the deal will officially close today.

Publication on Xbox threadSpencer wrote, “It’s an exciting day for Xbox. Today we officially complete the acquisition of ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks. It’s an honor to welcome the eight incredibly talented development studios – Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios – and their passionate global communities to the Xbox family Now that everything is official, we can start working together to deliver more great games to everyone.”

When the acquisition was first announced, Microsoft was keen to emphasize that the ZeniMax games were not intended to be Xbox exclusives and the content would not be pulled from Sony or Nintendo platforms. However, today it’s become clear that at least some future Bethesda games won’t appear on competing hardware, with Spencer saying, “Gamers should be aware that Xbox, PC, and Game Pass consoles 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.”

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We’ll have to wait and see exactly what this exclusivity means, but it’s sure to frustrate gamers used to Bethesda releasing titles across multiple platforms. At the same time, Xbox Game Pass means that new Bethesda titles will no longer need to pay full price at launch to play as they will all be offered as part of the subscription.

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