Microsoft’s recent acquisition of ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, will bring many new titles to the Xbox. Additionally, the deal will also be beneficial for those planning to buy Microsoft’s next-gen console. Most of the upcoming games by the aforementioned developers will be exclusive to the Microsoft consoles. For the rest, Xbox owners will get early access.
This deal brings popular titles to the next-gen Series X and Series S consoles. Among them are the popular Wolfstein, Dishonored, and Prey collections. Therefore, players choosing the Microsoft consoles will have access to about 8 games from the respective collections.
IGN reported that the ESRB page for Dishonored & Prey The Arkane Collection here, as well as the Wolfenstein Alt History Collection have listed ‘Xbox Series’ as the only available platform. Therefore, one can assume that the collection will be exclusive to the Microsoft consoles following the acquisition.
Furthermore, the ratings mention Dishonored, Dishonored 2, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, and Prey under the Dishonored and Prey collection. Moreover, the Wolfenstein Alt History Collection blurb also mentions four games, which are most likely Wolfenstein: The New Order, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Wolfenstein: Youngblood.
Titles coming to the next-gen Xbox consoles keep lining up, which makes them a strong competitor for the PlayStation 5. Their ability to provide more exclusives along with a wider range of games might make them a better option.
Apart from that, the option to go for a lower-end, cheaper console would also lure buyers who can’t invest $100 extra to go for the digital edition PS5. Moreover, the ultimate game pass, along with the recent deal with EA Play, is just like the cherry on top.
With regards to releasing Bethesda games on other platforms, Microsoft said they will release on non-Microsoft platforms on a ‘case-by-case’ basis. While they might offer a few titles to other platforms, the bestsellers would probably remain exclusive to the Xbox, at least initially.