The news that Microsoft has acquired Bethesda took many of us by surprise. Microsoft made the bold step of displaying a reminder that first-party games will be available on release day via Game Pass.
Microsoft purchased Bethesda and ZeniMax, its parent company, for a total of $7.5 billion, bringing it under the Xbox umbrella.
Bethesda is extremely popular for titles like Fallout, Doom, and The Elder Scrolls.
Thanks to Microsoft’s move, the big news means that you may never need to purchase a Bethesda game again.
The announcement sounded like this:
“Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams and will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass. That includes Microsoft’s intent to bring Bethesda’s future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC, like Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios.”
A roundtable interview with Todd Howard after the announcement revealed that Microsoft officials had seen Starfield. However, that doesn’t mean that it will be released anytime soon.
Howard mentioned how he likes to wait “as long as possible” to show new games.
The press release doesn’t particularly mention Elder Scrolls 6, which Howard claimed is a long way off.
Doom Eternal will be available on Game Pass on October 1 for PC and Xbox One.
All the possible sequels will be available on Game Pass, too!
If you own an Android device and Game Pass ultimate, you will be able to stream the games on the go!
Howard added that Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6 would have some advantages provided by some significant tech changes at the studio.
The games, and likely others, will use what he described as the “largest engine overhaul since Oblivion.”