Moving forward, games from Bethesda will be “either first or better or best” on Xbox and PC. This comes from the Xbox CEO Tim Stuart.

Regarding cross-play, Stuart said that they “highly encourage cross-platform play, simply from this landscape of, if it’s good for the gaming ecosystem, it’s good for us, [a] classic rising tide lifts all boats.”

During the Jefferies Interactive Entertainment Virtual Conference on November 12, Stuart said, “We don’t have intentions of just pulling all of Bethesda content out of Sony or Nintendo or otherwise. But what we want is, we want that content, in the long run, to be either first or better or best or pick your differentiated experience, on our platforms. We will want Bethesda content to show up the best as—on our platforms.”

“Yes. That’s not a point about being exclusive. That’s not a point about we’re being—adjusting timing or content or road map. But if you think about something like Game Pass, if it shows up best in Game Pass, that’s what we want to see, and we want to drive our Game Pass subscriber base through that Bethesda pipeline.

“So again, I’m not announcing pulling content from platforms one way or the other. But I suspect you’ll continue to see us shift towards a first or better or best approach on our platforms.”

The $7.5 billion acquisition deal between Microsoft and Bethesda is in its final stages and is expected to close in the second half of FY2021.

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