“We do not intend to bring all Bethesda content from Sony or Nintendo.”
After Microsoft acquired ZeniMax Media (parent company of Bethesda, id Software, Arkane Studios, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, etc.) for $ 7.5 billion in September, many want to know how their competing platforms will be affected. Was there. Currently, Xbox Chief Financial Officer Tim Stuart provides additional clues about Microsoft’s future strategy, suggesting that Bethesda games will be “first, better, or best” on the platform. I will.
At Jeffreys Interactive Entertainment Virtual Conference (transcribed by Seeking Alpha), Stuart assured Microsoft that it wouldn’t “pull all Bethesda content from Sony, Nintendo, etc.” Instead, he explained: “When thinking about Bethesda, [we’ll] We will continue to sell games on existing platforms. Determine what it looks like over time and how it changes over time. We have not announced the exclusive rights. But that model will change. “
about how That may change, Stuart wants Microsoft to “in the long run, choose whether its content is first, better, best, or your differentiated experience on our platform. I have. “
“It’s not the point of being exclusive. It’s not the point of … timing, content, or roadmap adjustments. But when you think of something like the Game Pass, it’s best seen on the Game Pass. If so, that’s what we want to see, and we want to drive the Game Pass subscriber base through its Bethesda pipeline. ”Eurogamer’s OliWelsh also speculated earlier about Bethesda’s importance to Microsoft’s Game Pass strategy. Was there.
Shortly after Microsoft acquired Bethesda, Xbox boss Phil Spencer gave his own view on the issue and told Kotaku, “It wasn’t done to steal the game from such another player base. It wasn’t anywhere in the documentation we put together: “How do I prevent other players from playing these games? We want to allow more people to play the game, but not fewer people can play the game. “
“But I also say the model,” he continued. “Given where people play and the number of devices we had, we have xCloud, PC, game paths and console base. We support platform to make trading work. You don’t have to ship these games to any platform other than. What does that mean? “