Phil Spencer says Microsoft can recoup the $7.5 billion acquisition of Bethesda without releasing games on PlayStation hardware, further implying exclusivity on Xbox/PC platforms

    Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Bethesda was a giant one, a $7.5 billion sum to make the move happen. As speculated, fans are assuming that future Bethesda titles could be exclusive to Xbox and PC going forward. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer confirms those suspicions in a recent interview with Kotaku:

    “Is it possible to recoup a $7.5 billion investment if you don’t sell Elder Scrolls VI on the PlayStation?” I asked.

    “Yes,” Spencer quickly replied.

    Then he paused.

    “I don’t want to be flip about that,” he added. “This deal was not done to take games away from another player base like that. Nowhere in the documentation that we put together was: ‘How do we keep other players from playing these games?’ We want more people to be able to play games, not fewer people to be able to go play games. But I’ll also say in the model—I’m just answering directly the question that you had—when I think about where people are going to be playing and the number of devices that we had, and we have xCloud and PC and Game Pass and our console base, I don’t have to go ship those games on any other platform other than the platforms that we support in order to kind of make the deal work for us. Whatever that means.”

    The Elder Scrolls VI is looking to be an Xbox exclusive across PC, Xbox platforms and xCloud. However, only time will tell if this really does come into fruition. Stay tuned at Final Weapon for the latest gaming news and updates!

    Soul Kiwami
    Soul Kiwami
    Raul Ochoa, a.k.a. Soul Kiwami, is the Managing Editor of Final Weapon and a Games Writer at Game Rant with four years of writing and editing experience. Raul is passionate about the Japanese gaming industry, and he's a huge fan of Nintendo Switch, PC hardware, JRPGs, and fighting games. business email: [email protected]

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