That massive $7.5b deal between Microsoft and Bethesda has been approved by regulators, leaving the former open to take full advantage of the latter. The plan looks to be to make full use of the iconic games like Fallout, The Elder Scrolls and more as time goes on. As of now, no new games have been revealed, but you can bet Microsoft will pour a ton of effort into recouping their investment.
And with that, came an announcement about future plans for Bethesda and their games. “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,” said head of Xbox Phil Spencer in said announcement.
For now, the plan appears to be to pivot the already successful library of IPs and titles toward PC and Xbox exclusivity agreements to push more gamers in that direction. The Bethesda acquisition leaves MS in a prime position to do that, as they have a wealth of titles they could release. 2021 looks to be the era of the remaster, so Microsoft could pluck some older games out of obscurity and deliver full remakes of some of these classics.
Along with that are some other new titles as well, like Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo. that will offer some brand new experiences. These new games are coming at some point in the future, and are being billed as pretty big departures from the RPG-heavy flair of Bethesda previously. But for more traditional big RPGs, there’s Starfield as well.
To hype things up, Microsoft even pushed out a rather spiffy new trailer for the plan that they have for Bethesda and its IPs post-acquisition.