Microsoft's takeover of Bethesda was announced a few weeks ago, and cooperation between the two entities seems to have started. In a conversation with GamesIndustry.biz, Todd Howard, executive producer at Bethesda broke the news: The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield will be releasing day one on Xbox Game Pass.
Competition between the PS5 and the Xbox Series S / X is fierce, and Microsoft seems to have learned from its mistakes on the previous generation. The acquisition of Bethesda allows them to secure upcoming exclusives on very large franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Doom and Fallout.
In addition, the very advantageous formula of Xbox Game Pass for big players is also particularly attractive for many in these difficult times, since Xbox All Access allows you to have the new console and access to games with a subscription rather than 'by paying cash.
Having these 2 games when they are released without having to spend 70-80 euros is a weighty argument that can tip the scales among fans who are still hesitant about which console they will choose.
The current context must also be taken into account, this announcement has a very clear marketing objective. You shouldn't get too carried away, since the release date of these two next-gen titles is still far on the horizon, it probably comes down to years since no gameplay image has yet been shown.
TESO6 may not arrive before 2022 or even 2023. As Cyberpunk 2077 painfully proved to us, ambitious games can take a very long time to release. Not to mention the fact that this isn't a contractual commitment on her part, Bethesda or Microsoft may change their mind by the time of release, this oral commitment will probably not be very fresh in the memory of many by then.
Finally, the quality of these two titles also remains to be discovered, Todd Howard for example defended Fallout 76 with fervor in the past. His words should therefore be taken into account with a healthy dose of skepticism.
With the game's tremendous success since September, it seems Innersloth is working hard to bring new content to players quickly.
Original content by Robin "Raiden" Bouquet.