The biggest question about the Xbox and Bethesda deal has been relating to exclusivity. This morning, during the Xbox and Bethesda roundtable, Phil Spencer offered his clearest statement yet on the matter.
The comments can be found beginning at 10:51 of the roundtable, and we’ve summarized them for you below as well:
“I’m going to try to be as clear as I can. I think that’s fair. Obviously, I can’t sit here and say every Bethesda game is exclusive. We know that’s not true. There are contractual obligations that we are going to see through as we always do in every one of these instances. We have games that exist on other platforms and we’re going to continue to support those games…” he continued “…we will continue to invest in them.
Specifically relating to new titles, he had this to say:
“Even in the future there may be contractual things or legacy on different platforms that we’ll go do. BUT, if you’re an Xbox customer, the thing I want you to know is this is about delivering great, exclusive games for you that ship on platforms where Xbox Game Pass exists. That’s our goal. That’s why we’re doing this.”
That’s about as clear as you can be at this point in time. It’s no surprise that Game Pass is the focus for Xbox and the Bethesda deal, and future first-party content, is meant to drive the service to greater heights. It’s evolution is seemingly just beginning.