The news that Microsoft is buying ZeniMax Media, and with it Bethesda, has seriously frightened many gamers. Because it means that Microsoft will now own an impressive list of studios and game franchises. And many games will be purposefully made on Xbox, bypassing Playstation and other consoles.
For PC and Xbox owners, this is good news, if only because the future Bethesda games will be immediately available on Xbox Game Pass. At the same time, the question of exclusivity of upcoming games for Microsoft platforms in yesterday’s press release was not touched upon, and the company may well not release a game for PlayStation and Switch.
Xbox head Phil Spencer decided to reassure Sony and Nintendo fans a little by saying that future Bethesda games will be released on Xbox, PCs and other platforms, but this will be decided for each project individually. That is, the full exclusivity of all future Bethesda games for Xbox and PC is out of the question, although hardly anyone could believe that Microsoft could take such a step. However, some future Bethesda games may not be available on PlayStation and Switch.
As for the temporary exclusivity of Ghostwire: Tokyo and Deathloop for PlayStation 5, this agreement will remain in force.