Following the shock acquisition of ZeniMax Media by Microsoft, the future of Bethesda games on non-Xbox consoles became quite uncertain. But Xbox head Phil Spencer has since said that those will be examined on a case-by-case basis.
The statement came via a tweet by Jason Schreier. Which ultimately doesn’t really say much in terms of certainty on whether future Bethesda games will be available on PlayStation. But it means a lot for those who plan to own an Xbox, as it means many of the publisher’s new games will be available on its Game Pass. PC will probably be safe, since Microsoft is pretty big on PC anyway.
To answer the question everyone is asking: Phil Spencer tells @dinabass that Xbox plans to honor the PS5 exclusivity commitment for Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo.
Future Bethesda games will be on Xbox, PC, and "other consoles on a case by case basis." https://t.co/Agyttr53LO
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) September 21, 2020
But for what it’s worth, a number of upcoming PS5 timed exclusives will remain exclusives. There are two prominent ones published by Bethesda, which are Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo. Schreier’s tweet says that Xbox will honour their exclusivity commitments.
On a side note, the Bethesda acquisition by Microsoft also means the former’s “largest engine overhaul since Oblivion”. The statement came from Todd Howard on the company’s blog. Which also ultimately remains a mystery as to whether it’s a good or a bad thing for The Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield. Ultimately, the company has been using the same, albeit improved, version of the same engine for every Elder Scrolls and Fallout game. Which goes to explain the jankiness of Fallout 76.