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Xbox team: No intentions of pulling all future Bethesda content from Switch, “We want it to be first or best on our platform”

People were surprised and slightly worried when Microsoft announced it had acquired Bethesda Softworks to have them as a first party studio for Xbox systems and PC. Now Xbox chief financial officer Tim Stuart, who spoke at Jefferies Interactive Entertainment, clarified the company’s stance when it comes to future Bethesda content on other platforms. Judging from what he said it sounds as though the content will remain exclusive to the Xbox, PC, Game Pass ecosystem for a time and then roll out to other systems at a later date.

“What we’ll do in the long run is we don’t have intentions of just pulling all of Bethesda content out of Sony or Nintendo or otherwise,” Stuar said“But what we want is we want that content, in the long run, to be either first or better or best or pick your differentiated experience, on our platforms. We will want Bethesda content to show up the best as — on our platforms.

“That’s not a point about being exclusive. That’s not a point about we’re being — adjusting timing or content or road map. But if you think about something like Game Pass, if it shows up best in Game Pass, that’s what we want to see, and we want to drive our Game Pass subscriber base through that Bethesda pipeline.“So again, I’m not announcing pulling content from platforms one way or the other,” Stuart continued. “But I suspect you’ll continue to see us shift towards a first or better or best approach on our platforms.”

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16 comments

  1. I always wondered how can XB survive with Sony in the game. Acquiring Bethesda was the smartest thing since they secure exclusive games with a great record like Fallout and Elder Scrolls while blocking PS from getting them.

    1. They aren’t entirely excluding them off of other platforms. At least from what they continue to say. They’re just going to be launch exclusives to the XBOX ecosystem or play better on XBOX.

      This was actually the smartest thing they coulve done. This will stop them from paying for launch exclusivity like Sony does, and still make profit after the exclusivity is done. Don’t want to pay for those games? Subscribe to game pass. Make money in and out of ecosystem.

      That aquisition was huge, but man is it going to pay off in the long run. Specially if those sega rumors are true.

        1. Yeah, rumor has it that Zenimax wasnt the only developers/publishers that MS approached. Sega is another one that theyve been in talks with. MS might just end up buying Sega, which would coincide with the rumors of MS looking into buying a huge Japanese developer/publisher.

      1. Honestly i don’t think they will keep release games on other platforms on the long term, i have a feeling they will try to push Xcloud on other platforms though. Makes more sense and it’s more cost efficient since you’re basically skipping the porting process.

  2. Xbox has consoles PC and Mobile streaming.

    Their offer has a broad appeal and I am buying my first Xbox ever this gen

  3. Wouldnt you make more Money if you put it on the Switch because it has 60million units and is still selling well? Thats stupid.

    The Xbox Seres X may have the powerful graphics but the Switch has the hybrid. So in that area they really arent competing. Why settle for limited income when Switch Owners in America would buy the game twice for the graphics and the handheld. Thats just stupid.

      1. Don’t be a idiot. Right now Rare is working on a game called Everwild. The industry doesn’t revolve around Nintendo and franchises that were on Nintendo 20 years ago you know..

    1. I mean, maybe they could make more money. But I think Microsoft is hoping exclusivity/ first access to major games will attract people to the Series X. Selling more consoles means selling more games and THAT means more money in their pocket.

      If Bethesda’s acquisition doesn’t lead to some form of exclusivity for Microsoft, then why would people buy Series X over the PS5?

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