The gaming world was surprised last week when Microsoft announced the purchase of ZeniMax Media, a parent company that owns several video game studios and publishers, including Bethesda Softworks, id Software, and more.
Recent titles from the Elder Scrolls, Fallout and Doom franchises are heading at a fast pace towards the Xbox Game Pass, and the exclusivity of future titles remains a mystery for now. There are also questions related to Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo, which were set for PC and PS5 releases.
Bethesda and Microsoft have already announced that future titles published by the former will arrive on the Xbox Gamepass on day one. It is already clear that Starfield will join the service at release, and future projects will follow the same trend, including a possible sequel to Fallout 4 or Fallout: New Vegas.
The chief of the Xbox division, Phil Spencer, has suggested that current exclusivity deals will be honored, but some argue that Microsoft has the required resources to turn them into timed exclusives if it is inclined to do so. The release of new games on other consoles besides the Xbox ones will be analyzed on a case-per-cases basis.
Since both Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo will be released in 2021, there is more than enough time to port the two titles for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series X, especially in the case of a timed exclusivity deal that could last for six months or one year.
Sony may also have a word to say in this equation, and it is unlikely that the Korean giant would be pleased by the addition of a competing platform. However, the company is also exploring the possibility of porting more PS exclusives to PC, so a deal might be easier to obtain than it might look at first sight.