Today, Microsoft and ZeniMax announced individually that Xbox and Bethesda Softworks are officially teaming up and the acquisition of ZeniMax announced last September is now complete. Bethesda SVP of PR & Marketing Pete Hines expressed his gratitude for and confidence in Xbox head Phil Spencer and the Xbox/Microsoft family, but he also said that “we’re not making any landmark announcements or changes right now.” Phil Spencer likewise did not deliver any earth-shattering announcements, but he did state, “With the addition of the Bethesda creative teams, gamers should know that Xbox consoles, PC, and Game Pass will be the best place to experience new Bethesda games, including some new titles in the future that will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players.”
That’s a vague statement about exclusives, but it does draw a line in the sand that some Bethesda games will never come to Nintendo Switch or PlayStation 5. Frankly, I think this statement is more likely to affect PlayStation than Nintendo, as an assortment of quirky Microsoft games always seems to end up in Nintendo’s court regardless. Plus, Xbox CFO Tim Stuart reiterated last November that Xbox does not have plans to pull Bethesda games from other potential platforms willy-nilly. And comments from Phil Spencer himself suggested future Microsoft games on Nintendo platforms would likely occur on a case-by-case basis.
So ultimately, these new comments about Bethesda exclusives on Xbox and PC don’t seem to change much as far as Nintendo Switch or future Nintendo platforms are concerned. Some games will likely be ported, the same as always.