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Microsoft to reveal plans for Bethesda this week

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Now that Microsoft’s ZeniMax acquisition moved back everything is clear regulators, Xbox is reportedly preparing to provide more details on what the deal means for its Game Pass customers. Specifically, this will reveal in a video presentation Thursday that many Bethesda games are heading to the subscription service soon, according to sources who spoke with VentureBeat.

It will also point out that all future and contractually eligible titles from ZeniMax’s larger roster – which also includes game studios id and Arkane – will be available on Game Pass at launch. Together, the video game portfolio company’s breathtaking lineup includes Bethesda’s iconic series Ancient scrolls and Fall, identifiers Loss and Tremor and Arkane Dishonored and Prey.

What is currently unclear is whether Microsoft will end the issue of exclusivity. Xbox chief Phil Spencer has previously said Bloomberg that it honor Bethesda’s agreement with Sony to publish Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo exclusively for PlayStation 5 for a limited time. Meanwhile, the company also plans to bring upcoming Bethesda titles like Starfield on Xbox, Windows PC and Game Pass, while taking a “case-by-case” approach for versions on other consoles. Other highly anticipated titles from Bethesda include The Elder Scrolls 6 and a new one Indiana Jones Thu.

VentureBeat adds that discussions between Xbox and Bethesda are ongoing, with plans to announce the video presentation in the coming days. The companies are also planning to host separate E3 showcases this summer that will take place one after the other. By then, Microsoft should have sealed its acquisition of ZeniMax.


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