Last month, Microsoft shocked gamers all around by buying over Zenimax Media, the parent company of Bethesda. Apart from being a great move to secure great game titles on their platforms, it was a move that could potentially be a significant problem for gamers.
Microsoft now had the power of authority to implement exclusivity on future Bethesda games, thus forcing gamers to switch over from other platforms. And this idea is not too far fetched because Bethesda has some strong gaming franchises such as Elder Scrolls and Fallout, that can effortlessly force a gamer to think twice.
Given that most gamers have not been able to get their hands on a PlayStation 5 or an Xbox Series X, Microsft could use this as a trump card to sway decisions. And unsurprisingly they just did.
Microsoft platforms will get VIP treatment.
Exclusivity sucks big time, but hey that’s how you win when comes to down business. Thus, it’s no surprise that Microsoft is choosing to make the Bethesda games somewhat exclusive.
Last Friday, Xbox CFO Tim Stuart commented on the Bethesda situation during the Jefferies Interactive Entertainment Virtual Conference, which gave us a clearer picture of what to expect.
Stuart started by announcing that they won’t be pulling content from platforms one way or the other, so Sony and Nintendo gamers can rest easy, but that’s not all. However, he also prepared us by saying to expect a shift towards a first, better or best approach of the game on Microsoft platforms.
What this all means is that Microsoft just confirmed that it is going to make the games exclusive, but they are not going to come out and say it. Sure, other platforms will get to play future Bethsada games but expect a massive exclusive restriction to be slapped on it.
Now it boils down to us as a gamer to choose which platform to stick to in coming years. One thing is for sure; it’s not going to be an easy decision to make it.