On Monday, Microsoft shook the world with the announcement that they had acquired Zenimax Media, the parent company of Bethesda and their entire catalogue. The move adds 23 studios to the Xbox portfolio alongside some major iconic franchises that are now Microsoft flagship titles.
The move will have some major earthquake style changes to the gaming landscape and while there is a lot to digest, I wanted to write about the four major key takeaways from Microsoft’s killer move.
The Elder Scrolls 6 & Fallout Are Now Xbox Exclusives
Beyond the deal regarding Deathloop & Tokyo Ghostwire, Microsoft has free reign to do whatever they want with Bethesda’s franchises, including the two major ones. Take The Elder Scrolls VI and Fallout 5, for example, they can become Xbox exclusives or timed exclusives to the platform and odds are that they’re gonna keep those as exclusives to the Xbox ecosystem. The Elder Scrolls VI, Starfield, and the future of the Fallout franchise can be held as a dangling carrot for those that want to play these iconic games and are fans of these iconic games but they’ve been playing them on PlayStation. It’s going to be fascinating on how Microsoft handles some of the most iconic franchises in video game history.
Xbox is now the home of Western RPGs… JUST LIKE THE OLD DAYS
From 2006 to 2012, the Xbox 360 was the home of western RPGs and most of those RPGs were released by Bethesda Game Studios. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was an exclusive to the Xbox 360, Fallout 3 released only on Xbox 360 & PC, and Skyrim had exclusive content on the 360 and now it’s basically the same thing except there’s one thing: Microsoft now owns three legendary RPG studios and the biggest lineup of RPGs in the history of gaming. That is just nuts, particularly when you add in the Xbox Game Pass subscription. Value, baby!
Fallout: New Vegas 2 a possibility?
Fallout: New Vegas 2 or a sequel to New Vegas a possible exclusive to the Xbox ecosystem? Is a New Vegas 2 even possible? HMMMMMM.
Now that Bethesda and Obsidian are under the same roof, the possibility of a sequel to what is considered the best Fallout game of the 2010s is very real. Fans of the franchise has had it rough since the launch of Fallout 4 all the way back in 2015; Fallout 4 failed not only as an RPG but as a Fallout game and Fallout 76 was a disaster at launch with Bethesda foregoing what made Fallout Fallout in favor of a multiplayer only experiment. If Microsoft allowed Obsidian to take control of the Fallout license, we could very well see a sequel to 2010’s best RPG and we could enter a golden era of RPGs unlike any other.
Xbox Game Pass is NOW THE NETFLIX OF GAMING & ANY ARGUMENT AGAINST IT IS VOID
All arguments against Xbox Game Pass is now void. Xbox Game Pass has single handily become the Netflix of gaming overnight, a description that has been described about Xbox Game Pass but, now that’s more true than ever. Wolfenstein, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Prey, Dishonored, Starfield, and any future games from Bethesda are now placed into Game Pass day and date which means that Game Pass has now become the Netflix of gaming.
This is a seismic event, an event that makes you proud to be a part of this industry and an event that has ramifications for years to come. This upcoming generation is going to be an exciting one. Let’s see what happens.