November 27, 2020

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Microsoft wants Bethesda games to be "either first or better or best" on its platforms

Following Microsoft’s $7.5bn acquisition of ZeniMax Media – the parent company of Bethesda, id Software,...

Following Microsoft’s $7.5bn acquisition of ZeniMax Media – the parent company of Bethesda, id Software, Arkane Studios, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks and more – back in September, many were eager to learn how competing platforms would be impacted. Now Xbox chief financial officer Tim Stuart has offered additional clues on Microsoft’s future strategy, suggesting Bethesda’s games will be “either first or better or best” on its platforms.

Speaking at the Jefferies Interactive Entertainment Virtual Conference (as transcribed by Seeking Alpha), Stuart offered assurances that Microsoft has no intention of “just pulling all of Bethesda content out of Sony or Nintendo or otherwise”. Instead, he explained, “When we think about Bethesda, [we’ll] continue to sell their games on the platforms that they exist today, and we’ll determine what that looks over time and will change over time. I’m not making any announcements about exclusivity or something like that. But that model will change.”

As to how that may change, Stuart suggested Microsoft would “want that content, in the long run, to be either first or better or best or pick your differentiated experience, on our platforms.”

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