It was news that came out of nowhere, turning a lot of heads and shocking many more. As you may know by now, Bethesda has joined Microsoft Studios who have purchased their parent company, Zenimax Media.
This of course will lead to big developments, such as making some of the biggest upcoming games exclusive to Microsoft’s Xbox platform. However, there are a few more interesting benefits to Microsoft acquiring Bethesda that might interest gamers.
Xbox Game Pass is about to become even better
Microsoft has announced that all of Bethesda’s iconic franchises will be making their way to Game Pass soon. This means that an already great service is about to have a lot more value added to it with the addition of some iconic games.
Bethesda owns some of the most important IPs in gaming, including franchises such as Doom, Wolfenstein, Elder Scrolls, Prey, Dishonored, and more, with games such as Starfield and the next Elder Scrolls still on their way.
Not only will you be getting the iconic games that are already out, but Microsoft promises a day and date launch for future Bethesda games on both PC and Xbox. Seeing how the big Bethesda games are anything but cheap at launch, this already saves gamers a lot of money if they just want to play a game once, as they can opt for a monthly pass, even if they don’t own an Xbox.
I have yet to buy Doom Eternal personally, as I was waiting to finish more games from my backlog first, but it looks like I might be getting to play that much sooner than expected since I am already subscribed to Game Pass.
Microsoft can now empower some of the biggest developers
Just as buying Zenimax brings along Bethesda, it also brings with prestigious developers such as Arkane, Machine Gun Games, id Software, Tango Gameworks, and more! These are without a doubt some of the best developers, making some of the most interesting games currently! In fact, Tango is currently working on Ghostwire: Tokyo.
Microsoft is not at all looking to play around this gen, both with its powerful and entry-level console, it wants as many gamers as possible to play on its platform, especially via Game Pass. Whilst Microsoft didn’t do terribly this gen, it was overshadowed a lot by Sony’s bigger sale numbers and quality exclusives.
This gives Microsoft an important chance to create some of the best videogames with some of the best developers, a fact that I am sure Microsoft won’t take lightly. Whilst what a lot of Microsoft has already shown looks fun, it is not the sort of games most Xbox gamers might hope for whilst looking at Sony’s blockbuster single-player offerings such as Uncharted, God of War and, Last of Us, as most Microsoft games do tend to be focused around multiplayer, until recently.
This might just be what we need to get more quality blockbuster games that have been absent from Xbox. As such, I assume Microsoft will definitely fund a lot of the games that the studios would want to develop that wouldn’t get a chance otherwise. Say what you want about Quantum Break, but a game like that couldn’t have happened without Microsoft’s support, a sort of game most studios might overlook. That led to Remedy giving us one of the best games of this gen, Control.
Everyone gets to ultimately play the best games
Whilst the above points are all great reasons for gamers to be excited, at this point it is essentially a wishlist. However, if these do come to fruition, some of the biggest games will be accessible to a lot more people than ever before.
We don’t mean that only in terms of pricing or availability, but also in terms of taste. We have heard from a lot of people that Game Pass has been instrumental in getting them to try out genres they usually stay away from. Hopefully, this will have the same effect and it will grow the industry as a whole.
Now, I do understand that this might mean Playstation gamers missing out, which would definitely be undesirable. However, the same could have been said for PC and Xbox gamers having missed out on some of the best games which were locked to Playstation.
We here at As We Play love all platforms, and for once believe that those serious about playing great games, should invest in both consoles this coming gen, especially if you don’t own a PC.
Last gen, it was easy to skip Xbox as you could play all of its offerings on a PC, but we have a feeling that it won’t be as easy to ignore this time around. Especially as the PC Game Pass doesn’t tend to get all the big games that the Xbox does.
Still, we don’t necessarily think Bethesda is going to completely gate off all franchises, and would not be surprised to see them come to Playstation as well.