Microsoft finalizes its $7.5 billion acquisition of Bethesda on Tuesday, and as a result of the deal, some upcoming Bethesda games will be released as Xbox and PC exclusives.
"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 Xbox head Phil Spencer in an article for Xbox Wire.
Since news of Microsoft's plan to buy Bethesda became public, fans have worried the merger would limit future Bethesda releases to Microsoft's platforms. Bethesda franchises such as The Elder Scrolls and Fallout have massive followings across platforms, and many of the company's most successful games have been released on every major platform possible.
The Elder Scrolls 6, the follow-up to Bethesda's generational success story Skyrim, is perhaps the biggest release whose platforms are now up in the air. Bethesda head Todd Howard has previously said it would be "hard to imagine" it as an Xbox-exclusive game.
For his part, Spencer has previously said future Bethesda titles would come to "other consoles on a case by case basis," but the criteria by which Microsoft and Bethesda would decide each case remains unknown.
To celebrate the acquisition, Microsoft will bring several as-yet-unannounced Bethesda titles to Xbox Game Pass later this week.